Blogs and wikis as platforms

Whew, yesterday was a busy day. Three interviews. Two speeches. One London Girl Geek dinner. Two videos posted (thanks to Kevin Edwards and Michael Klinger for posting those while I’m gone).

Anyway, I saw Don Dodge talking about blogging and wikis as platforms. He’s absolutely right. Anyone who’s seen a list of WordPress extensions sees that developers are building cool things on top of that blogging platform.

One of the blogging vendors, Blogtronix, I had on the ScobleShow yesterday (demo and interview). I like their stuff a lot, it lets companies build their own “Channel 9” without having three great developers of their own.

Opacity is evil?

I love this quote from Steve Sloan: “opacity is evil.” I totally agree with that when it comes to public institutions. The way our tax money is being spent should be done transparently. I doubt we’ll ever get there.

I look at yesterday’s events regarding PodCamp. Would I have done anything differently if we had been totally transparent? No. I told an audience yesterday that I live my life expecting that whatever I do or say will get on the front page of the New York Times. That makes people uncomfortable.

It is an uncomfortable life sometimes. Particularly when people don’t do their homework before jumping to conclusions.

I wish bloggers called and tried to get my side of the story before making attacks and tried to present both sides of the story, even if their side of the story is right and mine is wrong. I thought blogging was about being fair, and open, and different than what existed before. I guess not.

Hey, I live in a dream world. I know.

The role of a University?

Is it to teach commercial skills (like how to run Adobe InDesign) or is it to push people to explore their fields and themselves?

Steve Sloan is asking for feedback about his innovative podcasting class because the university wants to change it to be just a pure skills class.


You can learn InDesign from a book. You can’t have a small group interaction with speakers like Steve Sergeant, host of Wildebeat, David Weinberger, author of Cluetrain Manifesto, Aaron Uhrmacher, Second Life expert, Phil Wolff, SkypeJournal author, or students talking about their own podcasts. I spoke to the class as well. Notice how all those link to podcasts of the actual class sessions!

It’s a shame, because San Jose State University needs more innovative classes like these, not fewer.

Steve is hosting a meeting Thursday evening to discuss the situation and see if they can do anything.