We already know that Social media has the ability to transform social structures by empowering individuals to cohesive action. The hive mind disseminates information at the speed of Tweet and the collective consciousness informs the actions of the drones who are a part of the collective. In this system, the collective consciousness, rather than being a single entity, represents the … Read More
Why Chopsticks? A Western Worldview. A parable for our times.
As a Singaporean, I have been brought up in the confluence of the East -West divide. It has been a source of great interest to me. I came across this post in a forum not too long ago, to me, it represents much of what I have written about with regards to the East-West divide. ” I never understood the … Read More
Weibo vs Twitter – Why Microblogging works better in China.
Microblogging is all the rage in China. Due to the Great Firewall and the regulations about control, Twitter, Facebook,youtube and Google have been severely curtailed. However, nature abhors a vacuum, in China, that usually means someone will come in and copy. Which leads to interesting dynamics, as we shall see. The twitter equivalent in China is, of course ,Weibo. There … Read More
The challenge of blogshops and online retail in Singapore
I have been reading up on the growth of Alibaba in China and the prevalence of M-banking and payments in Indonesia and Africa. All the growth in these regions is fueled from a common starting point, A lack of infrastructure. The countries are huge, corruption rampant, banks undependable, and competition rife. They do however, have entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs find ways … Read More
Evolution of Chat – IRC/ICQ/Friendster/MSN/Gchat
Not too long ago, on a whim I searched for Mud I used to actively participate in, Realms of Despair. It was perhaps 15 years ago but it is still around and still active even in this age of MMORPGs. http://www.realmsofdespair.com/ It started me thinking about my progression down the path of socialization and convergence. It started with MIRC, in … Read More
The Transformation of Dance
The internet is, by definition, a collectively transformative ,paradigmn shifting, curve jumping medium. (Credits to Guy.K) For most of us, we know that the internet behemoth will eventually transform existance as we know it. Certain industries like the music or publishing have been the first casualties and many more will follow. However, on the flip side of that coin, There … Read More
The Singapore Social Media Marketing Experience
I have been asked several times, why I chose to remain in Singapore. I was away for several years have travelled extensively. Many of my friends have decided to leave to settle elsewhere. When asked, my answer has always been that I believe Singapore is the future. Everywhere else that people seem to migrate to, whether Canada, the Uk or … Read More
Social Media and the Language of culture
I have long said that the social Media landscape will eventually diverge.The East West divide will reassert itself and in doing so, create a new ‘normal’. One of the reasons is that of language. Most western languages are phonetic, and meaning is derived from sounds and how they relate. Mandarin however, and most older languages and their derivatives are pictographic … Read More