The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

There’s the 10 o’clock news and then there’s the sound of helicopters over my house as they fly back and forth to the airport so they can refuel and go back and watch.

It’s now past midnight and #occupyoakland and #occupysf are flowing with updates from hundreds of cell phones out on the streets. There is a video livefeed streaming over on weroccupyunited.com – the tv stations are running repeats of earlier news as the anchors have all gone home. People around the world bear witness to prevent a repeat of the tear gas and concussion grenades from the night before.

Gil Scott-Heron warned us that the revolution would not be televised. It’s happening all around us right now. In real time, live, and all at once.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers; the revolution will be live.

Chris Poole on Identity

Chris Poole (4chan, canv.as) spoke about identity at the Web 2.0 Summit going on right now in San Francisco. Many point to his talk as the most impactful and thought-provoking.

Facebook and Google do identity wrong, Twitter does it better, and I want to think about what the world would be like if we did it right.