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Mass Mingling: why the online revolution is fueling an ever-increasing range of ‘real world’ meet-ups
From Trendwatching: Long gone are the days when ‘online’ was synonymous with social isolation and loneliness. In fact, we’re now witnessing the exact opposite: technology is driving people to connect and meet up en masse with others, in the ‘real world’. It makes for an interesting, easily-digested trend, begging to be turned into new services for your customers.
From FastCompany: Steve Jobs lived up to the hype at D8, forecasting a dim future for PCs and Google TV, offering candid comments on the Gizmodo iPhone incident, and more.
According to a major new IBM survey of more than 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, chief executives believe that — more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity.
For the first time since 1887, students at the University of Virginia won’t have a hardcover memento of their college years. The school founded by Thomas Jefferson has become the latest college to decide there’s no place for the traditional yearbook in the age of Facebook.
From Alex Ross at The New Yorker: an alarming graph that shows a comprehensive downward trend in generational participation in classical music. Here is the graph, in all its scary glory. It comes from the League of Orchestras’ Audience Demographic Research Review, using data from the National Endowment for the Arts and a further analysis by the McKinsey company. You can see clearly how various generations experienced a bump in participation as they got older. The so-called Generation X, however, has yet to exhibit an upward spike as it moves into middle age.
From Society for News Design (SND): Roger Black talks about what’s ahead for visual communication in the 2010s. The resulting interview is presented in both transcript and webcast format on their website. “The number one thing that we as designers need to think about is changing back to being art directors…. We have to come up with ways that we can focus on the news story — the storytelling — instead of the little vagaries of layout…”
From Greg Sandow: The new figures pretty much blow up any hope that the classical audience is going to be renewed — or at least renewed at the size it is now — by younger people coming into it in future years.