Publishers would like writers to believe that the pressure they are feeling from Amazon will trickle down and hurt authors as well. But there is a big difference. Even in the brave new world of e-publishing, authors are still making a crucial contribution to the industry by writing the books. Publishers are getting squeezed out because they don’t contribute anything of value. via Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers – Vox.

Of prime necessity is life: a style should live. Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. The law of mutual relation. First, one must determine precisely “what-and-what do I wish to say and present,” before you may write. Writing must be mimicry. Since the writer lacks many of the speaker’s means, he must in general have for his model a very expressive kind of presentation of necessity, the written copy will appear much paler. The richness of life reveals itself through a richness of gestures. One must learn to feel everything — the length and retarding of sentences, interpunctuations, the choice of words, the pausing, the sequence of arguments — like gestures. Be[…]

Even so, mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014. The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine. Indeed, the most somber speculation I can make about A.D. 2014 is that in a society of enforced leisure, the most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work! via Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014.

The barrier to publishing is lowered in the online world. The capital barrier to entry in communications enterprises has been expressed and considered long before Dan Gillmor pointed us to the term We Media. Phil Gomes’s post below raises an interesting question. Physical media still carries a fundamental sense of authority and value with a wide range of consumers. Does the willingness of a publisher to invest in creating and distributing that physical product show that someone, somewhere thinks it’s important enough and valuable enough to put their money where someone else’s mouth is? But do different physical media convey different levels of presumed authority? Any PR professional who has ever had an executive ask “…but is it in the[…]

Digital transformation is a formal investment in new technology, business models, and supporting systems and processes to change the way companies sell, market, operate and scale in an increasingly digital economy. Digital transformation is part technology but also part, or in large part, human. Technology is affecting how we connect, collaborate, and share. Technology is also affecting how we, as people, work, learn and buy. Indeed, companies are changing because of technology. They’re also changing by investing in technology. I’ve learned though that those companies that are excelling at parts of digital transformation are also looking at the human side of change, inside and outside the organization. As such, digital transformation is indeed enterprise wide. At the same time, it[…]

Ancient Iraqi artefacts are appearing on the black market as Islamic State militants use intermediaries to sell priceless treasures to finance their activities after sweeping through the north of the country, Iraqi and Western officials said. via The Archaeology News Network: Priceless Iraqi artefacts hit black market.

In 2013, according to estimates by Borrell Associates, the Williamsburg, Va., ad tracking firm, cable TV had the largest share of Americans’ time, at 204 minutes per day. Broadcast was second at 98.3 minutes and radio was third at 93.5 minutes. Out of home ranked sixth, behind the internet and video games, at 22.3 minutes per day. Newspapers were just behind at 21.7, and magazines lagged at 15.5. Many of those traditional media will take a hit over the next few years. Borrell estimates that time spent will radio will plunge by nearly 24 percent by 2018, and broadcast will decline by 7.4 percent. “Both broadcast TV and radio will see continuing audience shrinkage, and the desktop internet will see[…]

This brings us to an important and exciting moment in the design of our technologies. We have figured out the rules of creating sleek sophistication. We know, more or less, how to get it right. Now, we need a shift in perspective that allows us to move forward. We need a pole right through a horse’s head. We need to enter the third stage of this cycle. It’s time to stop figuring out how to do things the right way, and start getting it wrong. via Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design | WIRED.