Disruption Junction, What’s Your Function?
Two news items from the world of digital commerce and culture catch my attention:
1) Facebook has started charging businesses for “better placement” of their updates to their Facebook pages. Mark Cuban is not happy. I think it’s hill-friggin-larious, but then I learned my lesson when Google, and then Amazon cut us off at the knees, so I haven’t invested hundreds of hours building a business around Facebook’s terms-of-service. If I had, I suppose I wouldn’t think it was so funny…
2) Amazon turned off some lady’s Kindle because she may or may not have violated Amazon’s TOS. Tim O’Reilly urges a return to common sense. I told Tim, uncharitiably I suppose, “This is the bed you made. Lie in it.”
Bits and bytes are nothing but a gentlemen’s agreement in a lawless town. You want to leave your books and records to your kids? You want them to be your property? Then buy books and records. Oh wait. They’re not making books and records anymore more, are they? It’s all digital now. Ain’t that a goddam shame.
My favorite part in DEADWOOD is when our motley cast of characters realize it was no great tragedy that the whore didn’t kill Hurst; that as soon as he fell another Hurst would rise to take his place, like fangs in a snake’s mouth.
And you didn’t even try to kill Hurst, did you? You’ve gave him your credit card number and told him where you live. Me too.
And tell true. Hasn’t your life been so much easier since you did it? Hasn’t it been so much more convenient?