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December 30th, 2008

The Jeff Pulver 2009 Breakfast Tour (Jan / Feb ) 2009

by Laurent François

Jeff Pulver, the famous blogger and entrepreneur has just released his schedule for his 2009 Breakfast Tour.
Damn, there’s no meeting -yet- in Europe but I’m sure there will !

The Jeff Pulver 2009 Breakfast Tour (Jan / Feb ) 2009

Jan 13 – Los Angeles: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103497855513
Jan 14 – San Francisco: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=51293047564
Jan 21 – New York City: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=41315663830
Jan 22 – Boston: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=53800458616
Jan 28 – London: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=41606167932
Feb 4 – Philadelphia : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=45808186679
Feb 5 – Washington DC: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=40803804460

Mar 31 – Tel Aviv (event not open yet)

More dates will be added in the days and weeks ahead

December 30th, 2008

Digital life after death: are social media ready for this human stage?

by Laurent François


Digital life after death…It can appear like a morbid thought, but hey, isn’t our digital presence a kind of new capital that our relatives could inherit? Here’s a question by JD Lasica:

“What becomes of our online life, conversation, possessions (copyright), etc. after we dies? French law has taken this into account for digital content protected by intellectual property. But what about conversations, family photographs and other items?”

This video is pretty interesting: it displays some recent examples of how people dealt with death online, how parents managed their kids’ patrimony etc.

It’s astonishing to see how unready to death our social media are: no possibility to easily share all our accesses to someone we trust, no rule for that on Facebook. It’s like we were timeless, whereas only our ideas and digital footprints are.

Finally, social media are just following some Western attitudes towards death. I’d like to quote an analysis of Philippe Arriès’ book, The Hour of Our Death :

“hence the growing fear of the afterlife, new conceptions of the Last Judgment, and the first attempts (by Masses and other rituals) to guarantee a better life in the next world. In the 1500s attention shifted from the demise of the self to that of the loved one (as family supplants community), and by the nineteenth century death comes to be viewed as simply a staging post toward reunion in the hereafter. Finally, Ariès shows why death has become such an unendurable truth in our own century—how it has been nearly banished from our daily lives—and points out what may be done to “re-tame” this secret terror.”

I’d like to know more about what other cultures think of social media & death. I haven’t found any relevant thing in English and / or French. If you have an idea: comment ! :)

December 30th, 2008

How to make a great web-show? Some advice with Epic Fu

by Laurent François


We’re more and more to wonder if we should not go for a web TV show. Problem is: how to start ?
This video made by Epic FU is a good kick-off, gives many advice and resources…AND examples.

  • lights?
  • post-production?
  • topics?

And of course: content is king!