on understanding media

Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@EskoKilpi“The Internet is the first communication environment that decentralises the financial capital requirements of production”

@goonth“The web hasn’t been democratized, contrary to popular belief. But it is definitely heading in that direction, albeit with quite a fight.”

@skinny“There is no authority without responsibility. There is no responsibility without authority.”

What I believe to be true about organisational culture, by @sonjabl

“In reality, culture emerges and evolves. When we think about the culture of a society or country, it is easy to see it’s evolutionary nature, yet in organisations we are prone to thinking that we can design and engineer an ideal culture and instill associated behaviours. This often leaves us with a cynical organisation that resists or ignores our culture interventions as they’ve seen too many of these initiatives never come to fruition.”

Road Captain by @indalogenesis

“Like a good project manager or internal consultant in the corporate world, the cycling road captain can lead from the front, from behind, from the side or from the shadows. They coach, mentor and enable others, serving as social connectors between riders on the road and the support teams behind the race. They are master craftsmen, big-picture thinkers who improvise strategy on the fly. They are decision makers who unite teammates in common purpose, maintaining that unity through both failure and success. They are champions of the framework within which the team operates, the glue that holds the team together.”

Five decades on, what can Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media tell us about today? via @marciamarcia

“All media, from the phonetic alphabet to the computer, are extensions of man that cause deep and lasting changes in him and transform his environment. Such an extension is an intensification, an amplification of an organ, sense or function, and whenever it takes place, the central nervous system appears to institute a self-protective numbing of the affected area, insulating and anesthetizing it from conscious awareness of what’s happening to it. It’s a process rather like that which occurs to the body under shock or stress conditions, or to the mind in line with the Freudian concept of repression. I call this peculiar form of self-hypnosis Narcissus narcosis, a syndrome whereby man remains as unaware of the psychic and social effects of his new technology as a fish of the water it swims in. As a result, precisely at the point where a new media-induced environment becomes all pervasive and transmogrifies our sensory balance, it also becomes invisible.”

Cartoons from NESTA Futurefest 2015 conference by @voinonen

Image by Virpi Oinonen

Image by Virpi Oinonen

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