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The convergence of television and the Internet

Geoff Fox has an interesting blog entry about TV and the Internet. He says a lot of interesting things that I want to comment on:

I hate to say something good about a competitor, but… Personally, I think it is good to say good things about competitors. It is part of being the good sport we were always told to be in gym back in elementary school.

It is interesting to watch the direction of TV news and the Internet. This gets to the crux of the post that I want to talk about. He has several points that I want to comment on.

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Social Dreaming

Years ago, I worked as the member of a regional Chief Information Officer’s staff unit for a large international financial services corporation. The complexity of international matrix management led my to work with a management consult who had been schooled in the Group Relations tradition of Wilfred Bion.

Through this, I became acquainted with the work of W. Gordon Lawrence on Social Dreaming. I participated in several social dreaming matrices, some of which where online. In a social dreaming matrix, people would share their dreams and others would share their associations to the dream. You will note that I said associations, not interpretations. The idea is not arrive at some sort of group consensus about the interpretation of a specific dream but to uncover common themes in the dreams of all the participants and what these common themes might mean to everyone.

I have not thought about social dreaming in a while. My life has been busy and complicated and I haven’t been to any social dreaming matrixes in quite a while. For that matter, I have not been remembering a lot of my dreams.

Then, last night, I had a very vivid dream. I woke up from the dream with a sense of peace that I haven’t had in a long time. I am posting the dream here, for anyone to share associations with, including comments about similar dreams that they have had. If there is interest, this could even evolve into a blog based social dreaming matrix. I look forward to hearing people’s responses.

The Dream:

Originally uploaded by Aldon.

Originally uploaded by Aldon.

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Random Stuff

I’ve been pretty backed up with a lot of stuff going on, especially at the DeStefano campaign, so I haven’t been writing as much here as I would like.

However, there are a few different blog entries that I would like to point to, in no particular order.

Today, I received an email from Britt Blaser about his blog post, Getting Out the 3 Votes. Please read this and follow the links, particularly to the Thomas Friedman endorsement of Andrew Rasiej. As I wrote about over on the DeStefano blog, tomorrow is primary day in a lot of places. Please get out and vote.

Reconnecting citizens with compassionate civic life

(Originally published at Greater Democracy

I remember working with my wife on her first campaign speech. There was a bit of biography, talking about “neighborhood Easter egg hunts and the pickup games of whiffle ball that filled our summers”, “being proud to be from Bethany”, and “believing that a community sticks together and helps each other out”.

She went on to say, “September 11th happened, and then it seemed possible, for a brief moment, that we would come together as a nation and rally once more.” Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we face the same possibility.

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