Pointless, again

Grant and Tom both dispute this article by Lance Ulanoff: MySpace, Second Life, and Twitter Are Doomed. Ulanoff begins: Don’t get too attached to MySpace. You might want to pull up stakes from Second Life, too. And you’ll probably want to stop posting inanities to Twitter. Why? All of these sites will be gone before […]

Works in practice only

The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it can never work. – Miikka Ryokas computer science student quoted in the NY Times. Hat tip: John Winsor

YouTube and the end of the world as we know it

I guess that “It will lead to chaos” counts as a high-energy varitation of “it will never work” which means this item becomes my second post in that category. Grant McCracken takes the mickey out of Lance Ulanoff for predicting YouTube will lead to the breakdown of society. I’m cheering Grant when he says Isn’t […]

It’ll never work

Inspired by a post by Earl Mardle I’ve added a new category to this blog, It’ll Never Work. I’ll use it to flag stories about experiments carried out in the face of scepticism. Well that’s the plan… though of course the theme of unintended consequences may apply. Earl tells the story of an Italian prisoners […]