Monthly Archives: November 2007

Stephen Downes, yet again

I continue to marvel at the continuing evolution of Stephen’s style in presentations, both his Web presence(s) and his conference stuff. Recent case in point: A Kaleidoscope of Futures: Reflections on the Reality of Virtual Learning, video-with-slides from a late-October presentation. The video is an hour, perhaps more than one needs if Stephen’s schtick is already familiar (though he’s different every time), but what a wonderful way to distribute content…

Oh yeah

Peter Brantley (over at O’Reilly Radar) points in the direction of Joe Esposito, who wrote a piece on The Processed Book in 2003 (in First Monday) and updated it in 2005, and more recently says this that’s right on the ummmm money:

Business is not about making people happy. Business is about making capital happy. This is why Apple has a proprietary format for the iPod and why Amazon is attempting to lock users into its broad ecosystem. The Kindle is not a device. It is a component of a system.