The return of story telling with splash of booze

“Tony is an incredibly strong storyteller—he tells stories through food and travel and a little alcohol mixed in,” says Zucker. “Really, that’s what CNN should be about. I learned as much about Israel and the Palestinians from Tony’s hour on Jerusalem as I did from any reporting that I’ve seen.”

I think there’s something magical in that statement. As the Boomers disappear into retirement and the next generation starts running things, I sure as shit hope that framing takes over media and “story telling.” That Cronkite-cum-PC, “everything is clean and tidy and yet culturally balances” has been stifling.

Which is to say: gonzo, hopefully it’s back.

The return of story telling with splash of booze

Digging behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, Carr explores the hidden costs of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Drawing on history and philosophy, poetry and science, he makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons.

Blurb from Nicholas Carr’s upcoming book, The Glass Cage

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I tend to shy away from the higher-level “culture” stuff in presentations on new technologies, like DevOps. I often make fun of such talk. But, I jest. I find those discussions very valuable, I just don’t like doing them myself. In the vein of culture talks, the Andrew Shafer’s day one keynote from DevOpsDays Austin 2014 was very good, and I recommend it for anyone interested in DevOps. I enjoyed it tremendously.

Here’s the slides: