Lay the ground rules for your communication. It’s bad enough there are barbaric phone users
Step one: make it clear that email is not for real-time requests
‘You probably know of at least one person who uses emails for real-time requests. They annoyingly ask if you’ve read their emails, sometimes instantly after sending them. This expectation puts unnecessary pressure on you to interrupt your productivity by incessantly checking your inbox.
‘For those of us working with such people, consultant Cyrus Stoller has come up with some rules on using multiple channels to reach each other instead of just email. With smartphones, we’re able to create a simple system of sorting and escalating priorities…’
Now It’s the Internet For the 1 Percent
‘Federal regulators have unveiled new rules that would effectively abandon net neutrality, the concept of a free and open Internet. The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission would allow Internet providers like Verizon or Comcast to charge media companies like Netflix or Amazon extra fees in order to receive preferential treatment, such as faster speeds for their content. If the new rules are voted on next month, the FCC will begin accepting public comments and issue final regulations by the end of summer. “What we’re really seeing here is the transformation of the Internet where the 1 percent get the fast lanes, and the 99 percent get the slow lanes,” says Michael Copps, retired FCC Commissioner…’
Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
‘Longtime media-reform advocate Robert McChesney looks at how the future of American politics could be largely determined by who controls the Internet in his newest book. “‘Digital Disconnect’ talks about the difference between the mythology of the Internet, the hope of the Internet, that it would empower people and make democracy triumphant, versus the reality, which is that large corporate monopolies and the government, working together, are taking away the promise of the Internet to suit their interests,” says McChesney, the co-founder of Free Press and the National Conference for Media Reform. His book begins with a simple claim: “The ways capitalism works and does not work determine the role the Internet might play in society.” [includes rush transcript]…’
New Audio Drama About Freedom
‘…The story of Wallace is now being made into a family-friendly audio theater CD for children, and on this week’s Off The Grid Radio, executive producer Bill Heid joins us via Skype from a London studio to tell us why Wallace’s story is so important to Americans, what we can learn from it, and why he felt compelled to make it into a CD.
‘As it turns out, the fight for American independence would have been impossible without the Scottish people. Bill tells us why…’