The collapse of complex business models?

Read Clay Shirky’s latest epistle on the ‘collapse of complex business models’, here. Are the parallels between Tainter’s comments on complex societies and businesses compelling? How would you critique this analogy?


Hyped.. hypad .. iPad?

Post with a selection of interesting links to iPad related marketing and reactance.

First, the original pitch by Rev’d Jobs, here.

Then the BBC/Click 5 minute critique, here.

Charlie Brooker’s great commentary in the Grauniad, here, including insightful quote of the week: “Apple excels at taking existing concepts – computers, MP3 players, conceit – and carefully streamlining them into glistening ergonomic chunks of concentrated aspiration.”

Gizmodo’s ‘8 things that suck about the iPad’ is here.

The fat iPhone without the phone, according to The Register.

Comedian Peter Serafinowicz’s take on the cheaper alternatives available.

Finally, thanks to one of my students for this link, and some creative subtitling of Hitler’s reaction after learning (amongst other things) that the iPad is not multi-tasking (warning – may offend and contains, as they say, strong language).

Net neutrality: not a neutral issue

A short, but effective, defence of net neutrality by Nicholas Economides of the Stern School of Business, can be found in the Financial Times. The gist is that, by following the ‘golden rules’ of regulation (non-discrimination and transparency), the potential for innovation can be enhanced.