Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #22

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Rednod, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, iambik, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:

  1. Feeling The Future: Is Precognition Possible – Wired. "Jonah Lehrer looks at a subject that’s taboo in most scientific circles: the ability to predict the future. It’s a controversial topic, because despite robust studies that show it exists, it lacks the reproducibility of good science. As I read this, I thought about the idea that the observer affects the experiment: the act of watching changes the results (the best illustration of the idea is this video). Which begs the question: maybe precognition is governed by the same principles, and when we try to test it too well, it vanishes?" (Alistair for Hugh).
  2. Mind Wide Open – The Psychologist. "Simon Wardley pointed me at this article on how easily we’re influenced by things. It’s a good reminder that despite our claims of sentience, we’re still running on jungle-surplus hardware. Must-reading for any marketer; among other things, always buy someone a coffee before you try to change their mind." (Alistair for Mitch).
  3. Victorian Infographics – BibliOdyssey. "A hot newish topic is data visualization and infographics – the processing of complex data into easy-to-understand and visually stimulating images. But infographics are not new. Here are a whole host of delightfully detailed infographics from Victorian times, from Bibliodyssey, one of the greatest websites to land upon if you are looking for some procrastination fodder." (Hugh for Alistair).
  4. Later – The New Yorker. "I find procrastination such a puzzling affliction. I am particularly bad at dealing with anything to do with government paperwork (taxes etc), and I put things off for days and days, living in dread. When I get down to doing that loathsome task, it usually takes much less time, and far less agony than expected. Over and over this repeats. So why do I keep procrastinating? Some thoughts from James Surowiecki in The New Yorker." (Hugh for Mitch).
  5. Mary Meeker’s Awesome Web 2.0 Presentation About The State Of The Web – Business Insider. "This is one of those crazy pieces of content that you can spend hours looking out, sharing and talking about. Morgan Stanley’s technology research team put together this super-comprehensive look at the state of the online world. Most of the data is both surprising and inspiring. It looks at everything from mobility and connectivity to advertising and Steve Jobs." (Mitch for Alistair).
  6. Jay Rosen: Discussing The Digital Revolution At Media Innovation Conference – Marketing Magazine. "There are few people that I don’t mind dropping everything for to listen to. One of those people is Jay Rosen. There are media pundits, there are media experts and then there’s Jay Rosen – who is all of that (and a whole lot more). HIs journalism and newspaper industry insights shed both a strategic and experienced light on an industry in the middle of dramatic changes and constant flux. This interview offers up a bunch of gems." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.


  1. Thanks as always for sharing, Joe. I was just talking to Julien Smith and Gunther Sonnenfeld about how interesting it is that a lot of the links we traditionally share come from the very traditional media. It’s a fascinating time to be in media.

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