ALTHOUGH MUCH OF my life revolves around what I glean from screens, a review of my work practises shows I still read a lot of traditional newspapers, magazines and books. But since it appears that many in my electronic social networks don't inform their judgment in the same manner, I've resigned myself to being part of the near-pensionable class. That would be the 90 per cent of Americans aged 55-64 who don't use online social networks. Those same people have my reading habits, according to Pew Research. It's comforting to know where I actually fit in. Karlin Lillington, writing in the Irish Times about "putting manners on online tools," included comments from myself and from Simon McGarr, one of the most literate diarists I know. Both of us try to extract wisdom we find in a crowd of online voices and both of us think Flipboard completes the task elegantly. Nonetheless, I doubt even the supercool Flipboard could scrape mundane Irish television listings like the one above.
If I had an iPad running Flipboard today, it would have included a blog post from John Breslin and a news item from Adam Maguire about BlogTalk in Galway, running 26-27 August. I'm still trying to clear out time to attend because the event is sandwiched between a Long Table Dinner and a Clonmel Chamber Breakfast.
In his Friday Irish Times column, Danny O'Brien offers a thoughtful, "modest proposal on internet neutrality." He views the Google-Verizon proposal to busticate the wireless data spectrum as a "tactless division of empire" and concludes as I do, "Google should watch its modest proposal be torn to pieces."
Finally, if a single page of Friday's business and technology were displaying on my Flipboard, it would have a small pull-out about a Diploma in Digital Marketing. This particular training programme, co-ordinated by Irish Times Training, the Irish Internet Association and Prosperity "will be accredited by FETAC," effectively putting to bed the minor kerfuffle that raged in Irish Twitterspace this week. Some clever experts, includng Krishna De, Colm Grealy and Eoin Kennedy, present materials for those completing this diploma. It's hard to imagine any training cohort in Ireland more qualified in the field iof digital marketing.
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