Welcome to episode #203 of Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast. This is also episode #29 of Media Hacks. All of us Media Hacks readily agreed that we had been away from these conversations for too long, so we decided to record (albeit via Skype) and publish the chat right away. In this episode we attack everything from the iPhone and iPad app goldrush to conversations about what, exactly, Apple is in the business of selling and a long discussion about how the Internet and books are quickly becoming the same thing, and what all of this means to the average consumer. There’s some serious media deep-diving in this episode of Six Pixels of Separation/Media Hacks, and we hope you will come along for the audio journey. Enjoy the conversation…
Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast – Episode #203 – Host: Mitch Joel.
- Running time: 51:13.
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- Episode #29 of Media Hacks is here (yes, two in a row…) and it features:
- Hugh McGuire – LibriVox – Bite-Sized Edits – The Book Oven.
- Christopher S. Penn – Blue Sky Factory – Marketing Over Coffee.
- Julien Smith – In Over Your Head – Co-author of Trust Agents.
- Not Present:
- Chris Brogan – New Marketing Labs – Co-author of Trust Agents.
- C.C. Chapman – Managing The Gray – Campfire.
- Tweetie for iPhone get acquired by Twitter and wipes out the industry of Twitter clients for mobile.
- The iPhone app goldrush.
- Hugh leaves – he can’t handle Julien’s interruptions.
- Hugh lacks enthusiasm about being a part of Media Hacks by typing while we’re talking.
- Julien swears (literally) by his Dvorak keyboard.
- Twitter is changing how the authentication works.
- How popular is the iPad? Is it a success? Yes it is.
- What kind of company is Apple?
- Is it more than a design company?
- The concept of "lean start-ups".
- Facebook, the "like" button and the truth about friends.
- Facebook privacy.
- Hugh thinks that there is no difference between the Internet and books. They are the same thing.
- The debate about text and hypertext.
- Hugh needs to pulls a Costanza right now.
- Back to the, "what is a book?" debate…
- Books are not just printed pages or e-books.
- Believe it or not, the mash-up plays into this conversation.
- TED Talk – Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man.
- We still can’t do enough stuff with our content.
- Information as a style sheet.
- Reading with InstaPaper and/or Readability.
- The Shakes – ‘Liberty Jones’.
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This was a great episode. PLEASE continue the book discussion next time.
Loved the “Hugh needs to pull a Costanza” — heady topics. With all the talk about iPad and Apple popularity, do digital agencies employ development teams for the iPad? I’m more interested in a custom corporate app but with the iPad sales at 200,000/week it seems logical to go to market with something specialized.
I really enjoy the show and always find the discussions insightful and informative. I realize that the show is all about the content but could you guys invest in some decent microphones and maybe a mixer? I swear Penn sounded like he was calling from a phone in a jail cell (I sure hope he wasn’t).
It’s not our gear… blame telephony technology. It’s either Skype or a conference call. I don’t think any of us know how to fix a technology that has not been updated since before we had modern aviation. I’d apologize but…
I really enjoyed the last two Media Hacks. The thoughts and discussions show that we all are trying to figure out where we are headed in today’s media rich society. I have been following your discussion on the iPad and have to absolutely agree that it is a “game changer”. I am a new convert to Apple’s products and I have to say it is an amazing experience. Apple knows how to design with the user in mind. Now Apple’s iPad is going to change how we consume media – for the better. I think we are in for a very fun ride. Keep up the great discussions.
SMACK! (That’s me slapping you, Mitch, upside of the head.)
For this comment: “I don’t know who works in offices any more”. I’m pretty sure it was on this podcast that you said it.
I was in my car at the time, listening to your podcast, on my way back home…from the office.
That drive back from the office is horrible. Why? Because I cross the Champlain Bridge back into Montreal every evening. And I am surrounded by others like me. All trying to get home back into the city.
So, if you want an answer to your question, Mitch, do this:
On any weekday, go to the South Shore, wait until 4:30 pm, and then try to get back to Montreal.
If you are very brave, try it the other way around: at about 4:30 pm try crossing any bridge back to the South Shore. But only if you are very brave.
And, after you do that exercise, you will have the answer to your question: “Who works in offices anymore?”
The answer: “Everyone who is not a Media Hack. That is, everyone else.”
SMACK! (You deserve another one.)
PS Other than that silly comment, your podcast makes my commute back and forth to an office that I “shouldn’t” be working in tolerable, maybe even enjoyable.
I don’t know what you’re talking about. I work in an office. In fact, I have two offices – Montreal and Toronto – with over 100 employees (they all work in an office too). You have me mixed up with someone here… sorry.
That being said, I do hope that model goes away and is quickly replaced with spaces to collaborate and share versus fixed locations.
I most certainly don’t have you mixed up with anyone.
Here’s the quote that annoyed me. (BTW, you’re right, I posted my comment on the wrong episode) Media Hacks #28, time stamp 21:08: “I don’t know that you could make a living…by sitting in an office in one particular city.”
If you’d like to see who is making a living “sitting in an office in one particular city”, check out the bridges from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. They’ll be full of people “sitting in an office in one particular city” and all desperately trying to get home.
We weren’t talking about daily workers, we were talking about being an Entrepreneur and growing a business. It is not easy to do what I do from one office in one city. To truly scale a business (and keep people employed) you have to think globally and, thankfully, technology now makes this easier. If that point was clear, I hope this clarifies it.
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