Euan Semple: Supporting change.

These enable such a new way of doing things, frankly a new way of seeing the world, that expecting people to "just get it" is naive.

Yes! I think of how the first human to use fire, would have had to readjust the thinking of her (Hah! you expected 'his') fearful compatriots. Even when there are clear benefits, there is trepidation over the 'new', and plastered-over lack of knowledge (in my lexicon, 'ignorance', the classical def) of how to deal with the changes.

The Baffler: The Post-Text Hustle.

The shift to a thoroughly video-driven internet is indeed on its way, and it will be terrible.

Oh, foo-foo. I'll believe this when I see an actual paper-less office. Remember those? That was supposed to be our future, too. Know any? I sure don't. Sound great when pitched at the wall of reality; look awfully sad lying at the foot of that wall, kinda limp and all rotten. Until the next overhyped 'revolution' comes. "Hey look! We should be early adopters!" How much green gets wasted over these things ...

Not that there aren't great strategies for the future. An all-video internet isn't one of them. So stand down, people. You've already *got* TV.

A blog observation, and a question.

I do try to keep my fingers on the pulse of what 'blogs' are doing as an overall niche. I would say that the days of having a blog being a conversation-pit are long over; blogs are largely broadcast-only media. Any comment systems are more for fan discussions. The writers of blogs take suggestions, act aristocratically and thank certain people, but never get down in the trenches to wrangle big issues anymore.

Blame personal branding for this, I suppose. Once you label yourself 'brand', you never want to dilute that edifice. Engaging with others on their blogs would classify as dilution, as well. Or posting rejoinders on your own blog, even. This is why we're seeing moderated, limited-broadcast-range discussions over on Facebook. Less damage to the 'brand', controllable messaging. Twitter was never an option; any discussions pushed there become cryptic, misproportioned things. [I envision gargoyles as the result (I'm a visual person, remember).]

All that being said, my use of Squarespace's built-in commenting has been largely a bust. Should I switch to Disqus? Are you more comfy with that service now? There were concerns early on, but it seems everyone has sort of lapsed into Disqus as the catch-all these days. Press a 'like' here if you'd prefer Disqus.

Off on a tangent, I see Facebook will be adding 'lists'. More signs of the older demographic taking over the service; "gotta remember the milk and toilet paper before the snow storm."

Federation of American Scientists: 2018 Nuclear Posture Review.

New stance: Nuke response for non-nuclear aggression. "The review also creates a new category of cases in which the United States would consider use of nuclear weapons — 'significant non-nuclear strategic attacks,' to include attacks on 'civilian population or infrastructure'".

This is way, way too open for interpretation.