Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
There have been quite a few discussions of the meaning of life blog, lately. Really, they leave me totally uninterested.

This sort of in fighting or back scratching (depending on which side you are on) is why I now just lightly skim dKos. Sites develop personalities and a core group of followers and participants.

You can't really turn them into something else without chasing away many present visitors. This is what happened with dKos as it spawned blogs by people who couldn't get along for one reason or another. The thing about the blogosphere, as contrasted with the newspapers or opinion journals, is that if you don't like what you are reading, start your own site or move elsewhere.

At the risk of overgeneralizing I'd say that the more conservative sites are less open to contrasting view points than are the more liberal ones. However some "liberal" sites have gotten a bit dogmatic themselves and have become less interesting as a result.

Feel free to keep posting these introspective diaries, but I'll (mostly) continue ignoring them, there are too many really big issues that need addressing and life is short.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 03:18:00 PM EST
A somewhat short-sighted view to those of us who believe that forums like this will develop into agents of change, and that understanding how they work and how to improve them will accelerate change. We are a long way from that now - accepted. But the potential is there.

Every single day I see more evidence of the way people are collaborating in doing practical things that make small differences. Things that no government is capable of thinking up or implementing. Two examples from today: one is called Couchsurfing - a network of people around the world who are open to travellers sleeping on their couch, the other is Autostop - a Finnish site where lifts and shared travel can be arranged.

Nothing special in these two cases - just saving some money and making new contacts.  But these types of sites are growing everywhere, and they are based on the e-bay type of reputation and trust. Some of them will be banal, some of them will change all sorts of social mechanisms - and, I believe, change the nature of top down government, by bypassing it.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 04:24:58 PM EST
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Sven Triloqvist:
a Finnish site where lifts and shared travel can be arranged.

As a former hitcher myself in my student days I've thought for a long time that a hitch-hiker's guild, combined with a hitch-giver's club could be an interesting application with a bit of mobile technology thrown in eg texts on pick up/ safe arrival and ebay style ratings/ kudos or whatever.

We need to bring the trust back in to hitching.

Interesting interview snip re

Mobile Payments

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 05:52:06 PM EST
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