Really really good book on the impact of the internet on how we read, think and operate. Too much internet browsing changes our reading habits, it makeReally really good book on the impact of the internet on how we read, think and operate. Too much internet browsing changes our reading habits, it makes us into hoppers and grasers, rather than deep readers. It substitutes mutiple simultaneous media for contemplation and thought.
There is a great chapter on Google and how they view the mind as a computer. The author explains how the brain is not just more complex than that, but the mind works in a non-mechanistic way, so that all mechanistic imitations are analogies rather than replicas.
And finally for presuppositionalists. Technologies in and of themselves bear a message and change (1). how we live and think in new ways; (2) and how we view and use the old methods (e.g. internet reading has an impact on traditional reading). In other words the tools are not neutral, they are loaded with meaning and in themselves shape us. The "media is the message"....more
Really good. Combined with "Morals and Minatures" by Peter as well.. Leithert shows Austen to be a Christian author, a devout, life-long anglica with aReally good. Combined with "Morals and Minatures" by Peter as well.. Leithert shows Austen to be a Christian author, a devout, life-long anglica with a sharp wit and sense of humour....more
Great great stuff on giving, becoming indespensable, arther than just bsee my blog for unfolding review, section by section: www.hayhows.blogspot.com.
Great great stuff on giving, becoming indespensable, arther than just being cog in the organisation.
Seth Godin: "Linchpin: Are your Indispensable?" I don't read many business books. Most of them don't interest me, especially the stand, text-book types. But I do enjoy some of these cutting edge thinkers like Daniel Pink and Seth Godin because I think they are onto something, not that I agree with their whole package. So here is the latest offering from Mr. Godin. It's on how to become indispenable in your work, whether you have a boss, or you are your own boss. Godin explores some tremendous ideas about art, gift and giving and the form that our service must take.
The New World of Work "This books is about love and art and change and fear. It's about overcoming a multigenerational conspiracy designed to sap your creativity and restlessness. It's about leading and making a difference and it's about succeeding." There you have it on p. 2.
Here is the big background point: the world of work has changed dramatically from that of our parents generation. Our parents lived and worked in a world where a job was for life, it was about going through school, finding the right life-long employer, following the boss's direction, keeping your head down and waiting for the final salary pension-moment. This worked for that time. But we are in a different world. A world where much of that kind of work can be off-shored, out-sourced and done faster (by computers/machines) or cheaper (from India). If in the old world the worker was cog, the employee or entrepreneur needs to become a linchpin. Linchpins work at a different level, have different drivers and strive for different goals. Godin says, " We need original thinkers, provocateurs, and people who care. We need marketeers who can lead, sales people able to risk making a human connection, passionate change-makers willing to be shunned if it is nesscessary for them to make a point. Every organisation needs a linchpin, the one person who can bring it together and make a diference. Some organisations haven't realised it yet, or haven't articulated it, but we need artists." (p. 8)
On the other hand being the "cog" is about the average, the predictable, showing up, woeking hard and pleasing the boss. Godin calls for a new set of values:
"Be remarkable Be generous Create art Make judgment calls Connect people and ideas" (p. 33).