parodies that are so on-target they’re not even funny – they’re kind of spooky! SoYouWanna fake being an indie rock expert? is a great example of that. If it were serious, I would nit-pick that the history section is off quite a bit in ignoring the whole “import” phenomenon that existed back in the early 80s, immediately before CDs came along. I know, I was there. [link found via Peterme]
of CamWorld pointed to a transcript of the deCSS trial from July 25, 2000. I read it that day while I ate lunch at my desk. In the transcript, there’s a lot of stuff that seems to miss the point, or make a point so tangentially that I wonder if the judge et al. will really get it. But not everything was so oblique – one witness explained, clearly, how code could be construed as speech, and therefore protected in the US by the First Amendment – finally!
I say finally because this has been an issue ever since I first jumped online in 1993, when I got hooked on the whole crypto/PGP thing. Code = speech has a long history, and it might finally be getting its due. I’m not 100% sure how far down that road I go, mind, but I think it’s a compelling argument and definitely the case to some extent.
I may be naive, but I think it’s ridiculous for a dot-com company to farm out their web design work. I can understand a bricks-and-mortar company hiring a company to do pure design work that will be overlaid on a structure they build themselves, or that they have partnered with someone else to do. I can even relate to a strategic partnership with a web company with the latter providing the actual site. But to hire someone straight up like that? I think it invites failure. It’s like a recipe. The knowledge of designers or programmers has to be deeply accounted for by management of a dot-com – it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. Their familiarity with the business model, the history of the project, but from their own unique perspective, is critical. And – the key challenge of a dot-com is just that – to integrate the technical knowledge of designers and programmers and others with the “product” as defined by a deep knowledge of the market, the business proposition, the value to users and to investors/clients. That’s not a casual thing – it’s a mission. I have some understanding of that – it’s a grandiose way of describing a big part of my job.
An extended riff on punk, the end of rock, and the web, mixed with a personal history and context. A good argument for the weblog form.
the other day: Mindjack (a really nice web magazine) reports that Shift Magazine‘s future is uncertain. Frankly, it’s not a surprise, although the magazine is excellent and its publisher (former?) Andy Heintzman is a good guy (or so I recall – we were casually acquainted in University). A quick look at Shift’s parent company’s history tells the fuller story, no matter what spin he’d put on things.