The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “ideas

Twitter and Growing Out of Touch

Posted on October 29, 2015

SO, TWITTER HAS ENCOUNTERED SOME TURBULENCE, and not for the first time.  The company’s quarterly earnings report sent its stock price circling downwards. But it’s even worse than that, as former users in significant numbers abandon what had once been a popular platform for quick and incisive communication in favour of more pleasing options such as Snapchat and Instagram. Michelle Fleury, BBC business reporter, suggested yesterday that Twitter execs consider how Wall Street sees them. Twitter’s inability to add significant numbers of new users has got investors thinking that the company’s best days might have passed. Twitter let go 8% of its workforce in an effort to appease investors, but unless new users come aboard quickly, Twitter, once the darling of the social media…

Get Some Sleep – We Could Use It

Posted on October 15, 2012

Most of us remain aware of the advantages of sleep, even as we feel we never get enough of it. It resets our inner time clock, calms the nerves, refreshes the spirit, and supposedly helps us to live longer. Well it turns out that productive slumber can actually benefit the entire human race. Google began as a PhD project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They struggled through numerous concepts for how to make the Internet more research savvy. Then one night while asleep, 23 year-old Page got the idea of downloading the entire web on to a computer. As soon as he woke up, he says he, “spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work.” It…

New Cards

Posted on June 21, 2012

William Greider, an astute chronicler of the American political system, has come to believe that without citizen interaction the United States itself will grow increasingly dysfunctional – as if it isn’t enough already. He admits to certain doubts as to whether citizens are actually equipped and up for the challenge but also comprehends that the politics of the professionals has placed the country in a box from which it cannot escape. And so he looks to average people to rescue politics from itself. He didn’t start with this position, but following years of disenchantment observing the political order, it is where he has ended up in the later years of his life. And so he would seek to draw us to a simple conclusion:…