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Vacation Reading

I leave for Barcelona today. Can’t wait. I haven’t been on vacation yet this year, so it’s a much needed break from life. Wish it were coming at a bit of a better time, but isn’t that always the case?

Anyhow, I’ve printed out a ton of articles to read and think about while I’m away, and I figured I’d post links to all of them in case anyone wants to read along. If you find anything interesting, just come back here and add your two cents. Let the conversation continue while I’m gone.

Vacation Reading List

So I have no idea if any of those articles are interesting because I haven’t read them yet, but if you do and enjoy and have something to say, come back and comment. Start a new conversation, don’t sweat it.

In addition, I figured I ask a few questions to ponder while I’m gone.

  • If you had access to the attention data of millions, what would you do with it?
  • What’s the most important cultural shift that will happen as a result of all this user generated content?
  • Can YouTube be beaten? How?
  • Can Myspace be beaten? How?
  • Are people becoming brands?

Those were all the questions I could think of off the top of my head. Before I go, let me make one last reading recommendation. Chartreuse’s “The Big Difference Between Old and New” is as good a ‘state of the media’ as I’ve read. This line almost made me cry:

Old media is begging for attention.

New media is attention.

I’ll leave you with that to chew on. You may get a few sporadic posts while I’m away, but I’m not making promises. Take it easy!

August 10, 2006