Robert Scoble sent me my review copy yesterday, and today I started in on it, and immediately started taking some notes and jotting down the ideas I am going to start blogging on how the Church can leverage the possibilities in the Age of Context.
How does this wrap if I place the next section here?
Just like I did with the Cluetrain Manifesto 14 years ago, I continue to do today with Doc Searls and Dave Weinberger as they continue to write and be active proponents of “Small Pieces Loosely Joined”, “Everything is Miscellaneous”, and “Too Big to Know” (Weinbeger’s subsequent books) and “The Intention Economy” (Doc’s latest). Each of these got my Church-Tech-Truth-Communication-Theological wheels turning. I want to treat each of these separately. Doc’s book, “The Intention Economy” and DW’s latest “Too Big to Know” in particular.
The Intention Economy is about a customer facing CRM (thus , VRM) relationship management perspective. This is SOUND THEOLOGY as well. The Church is first and foremost a BODY. The Church is not designed to be driven from the top or from “above” or from the “money keepers”, but from the body; the unique blend of individuals with various interests, passions, and “gifts” that make those individuals conduits of energies that are NOT held by others. It falls within a type of “curation” function, where certain aspects and realities of “doing good” or “advancing the Kingdom of God” are shared in a pool of human resources. The variety of gifts we bring to the table are a unique and effective blend of energies and skills aligned together to effectively minister; meet needs; fight oppression; bring the community to the context of the confrontation between an oppressed population and those forces that conspire to ignore the effects of the expression of interests of the oppressors. There is much that happens under the banner of “capitalism” that creates these zones of oppression. The concept of “Vendor Relationship Management” attempts to return more of the “market” sense (the “market” being the “people”; like Cluetrain so famously put it: “Markets are Conversations”. ) To move toward a “Vendor Relationship Management” is to begin to shape a “marketplace” that hears the conversations more effectively; so effectively that it cannot help but reshape itself to respond to the conversations instead of the prefabbed , outside the market creations made for advertising that seeks to convince us that we need this product; to even try and shape what we think we are looking for.
I find this relationship to these pioneering folks like Doc and David Weinberger in the field of Web and population and Social Psychology and people and community a fascinatingly close kin to my own theology of the Internet. The idea of Church as Body and as Community, and the unlimited possibilities for finding new ways to be community fit both the Judeo-Christian mission and a “Cluetrain Manifesto” as well as VRM. In this case, the Church as an institution needs to find ways, if it is to be an effective institution (IOW, to “institute” or “achieve” the mission) , to respond to the demands of the various VENDOR RELATIONSHIPS we develop as communities of people and as individuals with needs, and develop their own “API” to respond to the seekings of the community of followers. Does this make any sense?
This is NOT what we lobbied our cable companies to carry!!!!! You left out the part we wanted. It would have been better if you had not started with Cable for your “AJ America” brand. Not if it means this.
That’s the top pf the AlJazeera America Web Page
It’s all about TV, as if they live in the 80′s. But we KNOW they know better. Why on earth don’t you launch this as a purely online venture and model how this news thing SHOULD be done, like you were ALREADY doing so well with Al Jazeera English? Now you’ve not only tethered yourself to Cable, but the absolutely greedy, selfish, gouging bastards that they are. The fast buck now (and how’s THAT going , since scarcely anyone can get this channel or it is exiled to the higher tiers, far away from CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and even BBC) is going to sink you in what Doc Searls has called the “bowling ball” of Cable (“Bowling ball for it’s bouyancy, which is none. See “News: Watching Cable Die” by Doc today)
Hint, folks at AJ: Use the same formula that got you on the map in the U.S. in the first place. The streaming the video. The citizen style journalism. Remember? The Arab Spring thing? People were abuzz at this great news coverage you were doing, BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS ON and ALWAYS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE? Did your supporters want a no-net, TV/Cable only version of this? Not at all.
Let the CableCos come begging to you to produce a cable version of the kind of coverage we already know YOU KNOW how to do, and quit fucking around with this Cable shit. All due respect. And I HAD quite a bit of it which is ebbing away the longer you play THEIR GAME.
Unfortunately, Al Jazeera English, which broadcasts Empire, now has been geo-restricted to viewers in the US. We hope that this will change very soon.
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Dale Lature: I would think so. It’s rather ridiculous, and totally reverses a major advatage you had over traditional, old-world media. AJ America is right now a total sell out to that VERY SAME MODEL. No difference at all. If you think your content can overcome that (which I still consider very good judging by what we saw from AJE) you are folling yourself. Most of the audience who have the best appreciation of your content are NOT recipients of the cable channel, and some are devoted to severing the chord from cable, if theyhavent already. If you want to stand apart, then STAND APART. This move only perpetuated the problem.
Fixing this particular problem of future access to archival footage of AJE does not even touch the problem AJAM is going to face at being credible in its claim to “be different”. First move only says they really aren’t. And you wont be until you cut the chord, and be good at what you do, until the Cable Cos come begging to you to let them broadcast your News that doesnt depend on them in any way. How difficult is that to understand?
I saw this message on an AlJazeera English page,
and so I decided to look into the status of their archived video, particularly some of their excellent docu-news shows such as “Empire”.
Unbelievably, they have removed access from the States to ALL of it. I am floored at the extent of their CAVING to the Cable monopoly over not only over ISP and Cable TV, but also the Cable Cos mentally suspect paranoia about “owning video” and “exclusive rights”. Comcast has proceeded to greatly reduce the amount of video available online from NBC News shows, where previously all shows had video posted from their live shows often within an hour of the show’s completion, and slectable/accessible back several weeks. This is going by the wayside as well.
Al Jazeera has decided to one-up them on that, and start cutting off access to ALL prior significant video content , apparently across the board. Incredible.
I left this comment on a page for the show “Empire” , episode on “Empire of Secrets”.
AlJazeera, this is unbelievable that not only have decided NOT to Stream Live in America, but you actually remove access to all previous video content of all the AJE shows!!!!!! This is so backward and ridiculous that I cannot begin to express it. Incredible that your news brand is going to turn into a laughing stock amongst so many of the Amereicans who were drawn to AJE for its stellar, up to the minute coverage. To direct people to “find it on TV” is simply naive, and also extremely backward. Shame.