What is the locus of change?

Dave Snowden

A storm could well pluck you of the soil if you are not well rooted or force you to bend to the wind, a habit that can be permanently crippling. But with that comes other senses and background culture.

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Rediscovering Junkie John, Tim Dawe and Penrod after 40 years

Doc Searls

Dawe starts the story over a plucked string bass. Art Culture music Strange stuff I used to have an open reel tape of song I recorded off some New York FM station in 1970 or so. It’s long lost now. I didn’t know the artist or the title. It was was half talked, half sung, about a loser in Greenwich Village, “Junkie John,” coming down in a fleabag hotel. Very haunting, which is why I never forgot it. I didn’t know what it was called or who did it.

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Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

some economists and scholars have argued that invention is harder today than ever before because the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked. Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better

Jay Cross

Last year the iPhone changed the equation: media replaced culture. Last night at a party, instead of one-upping each other with modernist cultural artifacts, people talked of Tweets and Twirl and other blips on the radar of the greater social network. The game has shifted from plucking tidbits from high culture to spotting fragments out of the void.

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What does it take to spark prejudice?

Mind Hacks

When we see prejudice in the everyday world it is hard to separate out psychological biases from the effects of history, culture and even pragmatism (sometimes people from other groups really are out to get you). He wanted to create a microscope for looking at how we think when we’re part of a group, even when that group has none of the history, culture or practical importance that groups normally do. Short answer: surprisingly little.

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Dawn of the Un-book

Jay Cross

Reality is an endless stream of knowledge, culture and ideas that flows faster and faster. Today's activist readers pluck information from the blogosphere and YouTube and their friends on Facebook and MySpace. Effectiveness Column in June 2008 CLO magazine.

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Questioning 'one in four'

Mind Hacks

The idea of a personal change 'causing a problem' is also influenced by culture as it relies on what we value as part of a fulfilling life. The '1 in 4' figures seems to have been mostly plucked out of the air. The Guardian has an excellent article questioning the widely cited statistic that '1 in 4' people will have a mental illness at some point in their lives.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Numbers Game

Steven Berlin Johnson

Conclusion: if George Herman Ruth was plucked out of time and deposited in the modern era, he could continue his nutritional regimen of beer and hot dogs: he'd have no need for steroids, testosterone, the "cream" or the "clear." Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter The title says it all. This one sparked a slightly insane international conversation about the state of pop culture -- and particularly games.

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