I Heart New York

Central park

A big city can still live in a small world. After settling into my hotel, I call up a friend from Montreal working in town and later discover, while walking with his address in hand, that he and his coworkers are in a condo that happens to be right next door. The next building! I knew they were near the Lincoln Center like me but that’s it. What are the odds in Manhattan? There I met a friend of my co-worker Dario (who sits beside me), a woman that knows my sisters, and an Image Arts alum. Later, I run into an awesome couple on the street that I met recently in Toronto. And that was the first few hours. There was 6 degrees going on all weekend. I love New York. A nice return.

MOMA interior
UN Anti-gun sculture
MOMA reopens
MOMA stairs
Shillers Liquor Bar, lower Manhattan
NYC Times Square
NYC street lamp
NYC Little Italy
NYC Aquarium Jelly fish
NYC Boardwalk
NYC Aquarium
NYC Aquarium Jellyfish

A log about blogs

The world’s first home page acted similar, I feel, to what we now call a blog.

Tim Berners-Lee originally invented the web and the page concept so researchers could simply share timely information via hypertext. After the .com explosion, the concept of a home page has come to mean something different than the web’s beginnings. Blogging, small as it is, is perhaps a return to and an extension of the web’s founding concepts, and the Internet’s social networking and knowledge sharing role. I was asked recently about blogs. Below are two recent articles I enjoyed.

“Every day, millions of online diarists, or “bloggers,” share their opinions with a global audience. What began as a hobby is evolving into a new medium that is changing the landscape for journalists and policymakers alike. – Daniel W. Drezner, Henry Farrell, “Web of Influence“, Foreign Policy, November 2004.

Interconnecting human emotions and emotional response is one topic in Kate Baggott’s “Show Me Your Context, Baby: My Love Affair with Blogs”, The Globe and Mail, June 2004. Kate has coined the interesting new word “mediamenschen” or media human. When in Germany, speak deutschglish. Ich bin ein mediamenschen. Sounds catchy. Danke Kate.

Blogs are also an excellent way to establish a point of personal contact between an organization and its publics. Members from organizations ranging from U of T to the Government of Canada to Microsoft and Fast Company Magazine are using blogs as effective marketing tools and as knowledge bases. Blogs can help people feel like they know you and trust your organization. There are many uses of weblogs in higher education. Yet blogging can also be hazardous. Blogging for/in organizations is clearly a growing topic.