Wiki Wednesday: Disposable

This was a presentation that I gave at Wiki Wednesday on 6 May 2009. Here are some notes:

  1. The style of these slides is a blatant steal from Jye Smith’s current presenting style. Jye – sue me.
  2. Slide 2 is a drawing that appeared in an edition of 70s punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue. The metaphor here is that social software is basically punk rock and that punk emerged in opposition to the world of prog rock. Many Flash-based web sites feel like 10 minute guitar solos – i.e. technical masturbation.
  3. You don’t need to be able to code to create a web site with a wiki. You can just do it.
  4. Slide 4 is a picture of Indian tea cups. Some are made of clay. You drink them and then throw them away. They are designed to be disposable. They have a built-in obsolescence. On the other hand, plastic cups persist in our environment. Many corporate information environments seem to be full of trash that won’t go away.
  5. We need to design our environments with this obsolescence in mind.
  6. Example 1 – built very quickly, iteratively and now no longer used.
  7. Example 2 – built very quickly to prototype an idea.
  8. Example 3 – built very quickly, adapted and still in use.
  9. 5 simple conclusions. The last point seemed to excite most interest  so the discussion focused on information lifecycle issues rather than the rapid prototyping thing.
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One Response to Wiki Wednesday: Disposable

  1. jyesmith says:

    Notified my lawyer. I’m the only helvetica+black man in this town. Find your own SOUL.

    Love it. Simple. To the point. No bull shit.

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