We’re putting the show on hiatus so we can improve infrastructure and evaluate network opportunities. That’s the concise way to say we want our production process to work as well as possible, so there are minimal delays for you in getting your shows. We also want to bring the show to more people. Many thanks to all our listeners, guests, people we learn with and especially our loyal crew joining us live every week. We’ve got some great stuff coming but would also love your suggestions and anyone you think we should be talking with.
We’re excited for what’s next.
xoxo debs, kevin + heather
Tummelvision Episode 104 – Flickr’s Yahoo-Flavored Downfall and Other Acquisition Fails (with Michael Petruzzo cameo)
Debs is on vacation and Kevin has just returned from the Privacy Identity Innovation Conference! Heather and Kevin use Mat Honan’s article about Yahoo’s missteps with Flickr as a lense to discuss the multitude of acquisition blunders.
Why don’t boards of large companies understand the value in making something good? Why does the focus almost always shift from nurturing an innovation to profit and scale? What made Flickr so great and why did the acquisition halt this greatness so abruptly?
Aspiring #tummel nerd Michael Petruzzo makes his first cameo on the show!
Kio Stark stops into Tummelvision to discuss – you guessed it – how people relate with & to technology! Kio teaches about human social dynamics at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Topics include Kio’s ITP syllabus, “bro-gramming”, Zuck’s hoodie, instruments for triangulation, systems of acknowledgement and the tower of Babel that comes from an outward-focussed web.
The group makes a very important distinction that what draws most people online is connectivity – not just information – and that we are in the “nursery school” stage of development as far as building social spaces that work online.
Tummelvision Episode 102 with Lukas Blakk – Lesbian Feminist Organizing, Open Source Community and Privilege
“Community is the people you’re stuck with.”
Lukas Blakk from Mozilla joins us for an exciting discussion about what constitutes actual community – and it’s not just sharing interests.
Lukas defines “community” – a word she finds is diluted of meaning – from her point of view: being raised in a Lesbian household, actively organizing around GBLT issues and now working with volunteer engagement at Mozilla. The question of privilege arises, as for Lukas community was defined as people who rallied around something and came out the other side together. When joining Mozilla, she really had to find things to care about in open source like she “cared about feeding lesbian women in the woods” (rather than just Java vs. Python).
Highlights of this episode include: the illusion of meritocracies, similarities between Milliken Conference (Wealthy 1% conference which Deb just returned from) and the Michigan Women’s Music Fest, the political implications of forking some code and the end of zero-sum games in a networked world.
The group rallies around the Ta-Nehisi Coates model of journalism before moving onto Alexis’ recent article, The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future. The themes of the article are discussed at length including the stagnation of software, changes in consumer expectations, and the “just grow and then we iterate or something” model.
Are start-ups simply throwing remixes of the same model at the wall to see what sticks? Are new products just attempting to enrich more Advertising Uranium by dowsing it in “social” and “local”? Why are so few companies braving Deb’s “artisinal software” model – instead selling out to giants – and just how long can people perceive the value of content as free?