Monday, February 23, 2009

The future of web is « no scrolling pages »

Like many people :
- You print every article which contains more than 30 lines
- You destroy your eyes reading exiting things on Internet
- You don't read whole sentences, you jump from words to words trying to understand the principal idea, and become stupid.

What's the 2 problems ?
- The little one I don't want to develop : Your screen is note made for human eyes (the Kindle seems to be a first solution to make screens human eyes friendly)
- The other one. We dont'l like reading vertically moving texts ! Human eyes and human brain is not able to do it.

Take a book, ok, block your head, and try to read pages, moving it vertically in front of your eyes. It's horrible !!! But it's Internet !!!
Perhaps Japanese, who read vertically love the Internet way of reading, but I'm not.

And I ask webdisigners, please, eliminate scrolling, make static text, make pages with no scrollbars.
If you want people in your site for a long time and every day, give them an easy to read blog.
People will read your article, love your site, love our brand and buy your products (ok I'm not sure they'll buy)

Fred Cavazza makes me discover with this post that the NY Times has created an experimental no scrollinh homepage.

I'm glad to see it (ideas to eliminate vertical scrolling) exists and hope it'll develop.

In my mind, no scrolling is a key of a diffrent way of consuming Internet and can influence our way of thinking (which is alterated by internet this article seems to say)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Manufacturing consent : Democracy surgery (must be seen) by Noam Chomsky

Chomsky at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegr...Image via Wikipedia

Wow. I've ever read Noam Chomsky but never watched yet.
What a speech control, he masters the art of debate and conference animation.

I invite you to take a Sunday afternoon to watch Manufacturing Consent (Part 1 and Part 2 in English, French sub.) by Noam Chomsky. You'll become more "intelligent" than the Sunday night before. ;)

My point of view after the film :

Professor Chomsky underlines the importance of "bottom up information", I mean information produced by citizen and shared between then. I think he actually must love possibilities offered by internet today and the "power loss" of mass media !

But ! But Pr. Chomsky says propaganda is, to democracy, what violence is to dictatorship.
I don't know if I'm understandable, I'm not English. I mean dictatorship control people with violence; "powerful leading people of democracies" control people with propaganda and media control.

If democracies lost control of information flow, losing their control of medias and controlling less powerful and listened old school medias, would they become more violent? would they use dictatorship tools ?

I think the present times are unique in democratic countries, you can open blog about everything you want, post videos anti government, criticize everything, nothing append to you. Alternative information providers gain everyday more readers. Everybody loose trust in mass media slowly but surely.
How much time will it last?

I think government will fight to limit power of not desirable media and take control (however they can) of "rebel" information producers like they did with historical media before.
But how can they fight against thousands of unpaid, motivated and networked bloggers ?
The Chinese way, tracking and putting in jail bloggers? They can't, it’s anti democratic!
Will they prosecute massively bloggers for terrorism or threat to national security trying to disgust them by blogging?
I don't know but It will certainly be a hard struggle for our liberty that we'll have to contribut to however we can.

Thank you to Noam Chomsky for being so brilliant and to share his enormous knowledge with everybody.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Google trend’s sex mystery

If somebody can explain why every end of year "sex" word queries boost while news with the word "sex" fall, I listen to him carefully ...

Valentine debrief : more news, less queries

Google trends show us.

Less searches = less presents ?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Media love scary crisis

Teamsters, armed with pipes, riot in a clash w...Image via Wikipedia

First point, I've the impression that Media only deals about crisis negatively, trying to scare people. They maintain the recession trend, the deflation trend.
When I read my RSS feeds, I see ideas to change the world, I see people who explain how they keep going on during crisis, I see people who decide to change their habits of overconsuming, and see the crisis as an opportunity to change their way of life, our way of life.
Crisis make people change their vision of world, their vision of economy, and of consuming society.
In several countries or regions, people go on strike, they manifest, they doesn't want to play the game of capitalist system, they stop consuming and they stop being money focused. Why nobody put it in the first plan in generalist media. It's exciting, it interests people ?!
I think they are not interest in way of life and economic system change, and they don't want to see people interested in. Media belongs to big industrial companies, which are "friends" of the government and ...which love the actual system.

Second point. In France, generalist TV channels & newspaper simplify government action to make it a bit scandalous.
They say government has given millions of euros to banks, and in the same time, announce bank mega profits. Generalist media explains car manufacturer were given millions of euros and that they fire thousands of pepole.
Nobody, in generalist newspapers and TV channels explain that money is not given, it's loaned, with a quite high interet rate !
Crisis is an easy subject to write on for newspapers, easy and a very attractive subject for scared readers.  Why complicate it to make it more precise, and make it less sexy and less understandable for readers ? That's what I think they think.

Saturday, February 14, 2009