Journal: News & Comment

Saturday, July 01, 2006
# 8:39:00 AM:

Dave Winer on the future of stuff at Gnomedex

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Blogging, RSS, and podcasting pioneer Dave Winer talks about the past, the future, and the state of the industry...

  • The photo of John Edwards with Chris Pirillo looming is a frightening picture of the future!
  • Let's talk about the future.
  • Two simple ideas: how to make money on the Internet, and is monoculture as an artifact of the 20th century?
  • It's easier for a user to become a manufacturer than for a manufacturer to become a user.
  • The model of manufacturers as wise developers coming down from on high has never worked in my lifetime.
  • Look at what Michael Dell did: have we learned anything about that model of coming from your garage in the past 20 years?
  • Creativity is now distributed, rather than only the best people being able to be creative.
  • Dave got a lot of pushback when he first started blogging.
  • Desktop publishing moved to blogging, and now it's free to publish for nearly anyone.
  • The travel industry used to be centralized, but it isn't anymore.
  • How much information could I get on Seattle before I came here?
  • I could find out yesterday's temperature, but that's about it.
  • We have greater expectations, and we're not disappointed.
  • It's hard to remember how much has changed in such a short time.
  • How did that happen as the newspaper industry is shrinking?
  • The end of centralization in many industries.
  • At conferences, trying to move the conversations into the room from the hallways.
  • Bill Gates didn't have the encumbrances of the behemoths of his day.
  • Today, ads on websites are vestigial of the 20th century.
  • Our websites are ads for ourselves, should represent our best thinking and share our ideas with other.
  • We can make gadgets for each other.
  • Engadget is figuring out what the products should be before the manufacturers do.
  • Current manufacturers will be fulfillment houses for users with smart ideas.
  • What would happen if a blogger who's *already* a blogger decides to turn themselves into a product and run for president?
  • Of course big companies will still be around: billion-dollar companies don't go away.
  • Getting rid of "rankism":
  • How do users get physical products made?
  • Business creation doesn't become easy, it still requires great ideas, persistence, and luck.
  • But different people can create businesses and products now.
  • "Edwards courts tech community" was also accurate.
  • We need to learn how to flex our political muscles, and decide whether we want to be effective in that context.
  • Why invest in the system we have now? There must be a big change coming.
  • Why is Dave quitting blogging? It's not a bad thing, but he doesn't want to blog forever—he needs new things to do in his personal life, and that's all.


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