Scripting News for 5/31/2006

Tonight: Henry’s Hunan, 110 Natoma St, 6:30PM. 

I admit I’m corny but I can’t get this song out of my head. 

Fran: “I talked to over one hundred occupational therapists, and only 3 had ever heard of podcasting.” 

Jaron Lanier: “The problem is in the way the Wikipedia has come to be regarded and used; how it’s been elevated to such importance so quickly. And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise, that it is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force. This is different from representative democracy, or meritocracy. This idea has had dreadful consequences when thrust upon us from the extreme Right or the extreme Left in various historical periods. The fact that it’s now being re-introduced today by prominent technologists and futurists, people who in many cases I know and like, doesn’t make it any less dangerous.” 

Martin Schwimmer: “If you coin and promulgate a term, you can sell it as a buzzword or you can sell it as a brand, but under trademark law, it’s virtually impossible to do both.” 

Lots of interesting comments following Tim O’Reilly’s post.  

Just a demo 

Imagine™ what™ the™ world™ would™ be™ like™ if™ everyone™ trademarked™ every™ word™ that™ was™ ever™ added™ to™ the™ language.™ It™ would™ get™ pretty™ tiresome™ really™ fast.™

One response to this post.

  1. So basically O’Reilly’s saying that despite the fact that events and conferences with the term ‘Web 2.0’ in their name have existed since before he tried registering a service mark in the EU (the application is still in its 3-month objection period), sending a C&D notice is in some way justified.

    And further, that Tom Raftery, a local freelancer working a non-profit event, owes him an apology for getting Gooned.

    As Ze Frank would put it… *asshole*.


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