Good morning to you all on this warm and hopefully not-so-rainy day. When The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots makes its first appearance of the year, I know it’s officially spring.
A few stories have caught my interest over the last few days, and here they are:
1. The Dark Side of Transparency: Jack McEnany over at techPresident discusses a political campaign’s “down side” of announcing your events to supporters: the other campaigns can readily access the information that is “generally under tight wraps.” Even more so than events, what will happen as campaigns are more and more tempted to use YouTube and online video? Will they, as a consequence, end up showing a campaign’s entire strategy? Similarly, as campaigns become more and more used to using the web, how will an “open-source” campaign such as Dean’s work? It worked last time, largely because the other campaigns were unaware. All very interesting to consider as McCain and Edwards start rolling out their “from the trail” videos.
2. Slow Down, Multitaskers, and Don’t Read in Traffic: Via 43Folders. Not surprising, and pretty much what we already know:
“In a recent study, a group of Microsoft workers took, on average, 15 minutes to return to serious mental tasks, like writing reports or computer code, after responding to incoming e-mail or instant messages. They strayed off to reply to other messages or browse news, sports or entertainment Web sites.
‘I was surprised by how easily people were distracted and how long it took them to get back to the task,’ said Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft research scientist and co-author, with Shamsi Iqbal of the University of Illinois, of a paper on the study that will be presented next month.”
The downside of working on the Internet: we work on the Internet.
3. “The YouTube Campaign” political cartoon: Via David All.
While the cartoon is entertaining, let me be the unfunny one here (because I love ruining people’s fun): let’s remember that the anonymous “you” on the right was revealed to be a political professional. However, he probably does look like that. Have you ever met a video editor that didn’t look like that?