Dat Hello Kitty geen kat is…

On Wednesday, the LA Times reported that the famous Kitty is no cat. The revelation came out of a story on anthropologist Christine Yano who has spent years studying Hello Kitty and is currently creating an exhibition for the Japanese American National Museum on the icon.

Dat Hello Kitty geen kat is, verwondert geen kat meer maar let eens op “anthropologist Christine Yano who has spent years studying Hello Kitty”. Google Scholar schetst een ander beeld maar met titels als Kitty litter: Japanese cute at home and abroad en Face to Face: On-Line Subjectivity in Contemporary Japan zou ik soms toch graag een onderzoeker zijn. Ander onderwerp, dat wel.

Gelezen op Entrepreneur.com.

How to cross the red line?

(…) the Western world can set all the red lines it wants — don’t use chemical weapons, don’t invade sovereign countries — but if you cross that red line just a little bit at a time, inching across over weeks and months, rather than crossing it all at once, then Western publics and politicians will get red-line fatigue and lose interest by the time you’re across.

Ook internationale politiek is marketing, PR, sales, in zekere zin. Gelezen bij Vox.

De beste metafoor voor business modellen in de media die ik in tijden las

Gillette was the men’s leader in razors and blades since the early 20th century. But they got by for decades with just one blade. (…) around 1970 they did something crazy. They added a second blade. Then they added a third, and a fourth, and a moisturizing strip, and a FlexBall, and in five years, it’ll have a GPS device and a microdermabrasion pic and a laser.

And so, journalism: For decades, we had two good blades, right? Subscriptions and advertising. But digital endangers both(…). So we see a lot of companies adding to the razor (…)

Interessant interview met Derek Thompson van The Atlantic, gelezen bij Capital New York.

Going iPhone-first is our generation’s version of “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM”

At this point, going iPhone-first is a widely held best practice. It’s our generation’s version of “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” While there’s some debate on the margins on how quickly you should follow up with an Android app, certainly no one is arguing for Android-first

Citaat uit Why Android desperately needs a billion dollar success story, geschreven door Andrew Chen

Do rich technologists really want the world to be more like Burning Man?

We don’t want our world to change too fast. But maybe we could set apart a piece of the world .… I like going to Burning Man, for example. An environment where people can try new things. I think as technologists, we should have some safe places where we can try out new things and figure out the effect on society. What’s the effect on people, without having to deploy it to the whole world.

Woorden van Larry Page van Google over Burning Man.

Gelezen bij Vox.

Don’t give up on (newspaper) advertising yet

(…) if advertising doesn’t work, our response shouldn’t be to give up on it. It’s way, way too soon for that. Remember: it’s still just 1472 in Gutenberg Years. If we give up on advertising in media, my big fear (…) is that we’ll end up with far fewer journalists (not to mention journalism students). (…) Don’t give up on advertising, Ethan Zuckerman. Fix them. Invent something better.

Jeff Jarvis reageert op het uitgebreide ‘sorry voor pop-up advertising waar ik hier eerder naar linkte. Hij verwijst zoals gewoonlijk naar zijn ‘journalism as a service’ verhaal maar hoe dat businessmodel dan juist moet draaien, zeker voor pakweg buitenlands nieuws, is me niet altijd helemaal klaar.

Gelezen op zijn eigen BuzzMachine.