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Archive for February, 2007

Even This Shall Pass Away

Remember Jim Carrey’s movie The Truman Show? That was during the summer of 1998. When the Internet was slowly catching up in India. Silicon valley based Indian dotcomers were about to make it big. The Truman Show depicted the life of an individual who was live, on-air for 24 hours of his day. The world was watching everything about him. When I saw this movie in Delhi then, it was quite a fanciful idea to me. Zero privacy life. Ah what a life it would have been? Was it awkward? Was it comfortable to be the object of focus of millions of eyeballs? Eyeballs? Ah another jargon that became prevalent during the heydays of the dotcom era. Eyeballs were important then. Later it was the business model. Such a life on the focus of eyeballs is nothing new. I remember there was jennycam.org that ran successful since 1996 to 2003. Jennifer Keye Ringley a young woman allowed herself to be viewed to millions of internet surfers 24 hours a day for seven long years. Her effort marked the beginning of an era which witnessed the blurring of social norms or privacy and exposition in public. Thanks to technology. The rapid changes in the information and communication technology arena have enabled the human race to break all the conventional moulds of communication. The communication models have changed. The medium has changed. The taste of people has changed. Convergence has mitigated the differentiation between what should be shown and what not. The definition of relationship has changed. People now are more interested in reality programs than filtered programs. Big Brother is yet another program which has caught our fancy. So popular it is now that an altercation between some celebrity housemates led to international protests against racism. Only technology can do such a thing. However, even this shall pass away. I keep telling this to myself. Yes! even this shall pass away. Again it is technology that will do such a thing.  

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Idea & Inspiration

What’s an idea? As per wiki’s definition: An idea (Greek: δέα, from eidon: I saw) is an image existing or formed in the mind. Is it true? Well we never really cared to think too much about it. It could be true. All of us have similar experience when we get hold of an idea. Idea may strike you or you may strike an idea. Ideas are like atomic particles floating around us in the air. It’s about how lucky or persevering we are in being hit by one or some of those ideas. Ideas are like pebbles on a long beach and we are like blind humans. Either we hit them or we just keep walking on the sand soft to our feet. Ideas can hit you anytime anywhere. Or you may be hit by them similarly. You can look, feel, hear or taste an idea. It would be new, fresh and amazing. You can get an idea while driving, playing, watching movies, romancing, or even quarrelling. Wiki definition also says: The human capacity to contemplate ideas is associated with the capacity for reason, self-reflection, and the ability to acquire and apply intellect. Ideas give rise to concepts, which are the basis for any kind of knowledge whether science or philosophy. However, in a popular sense, an idea can arise even when there is no serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place.( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idea).Simlilarly, as wiki describes, Inspiration in artistic composition refers to an irrational and unconscious burst of creativity. Literally, the word means “breathed upon.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artistic_inspiration) Eh! Breathed upon by whom? Somebody, something, sometime, some event, some sound, some light. But, surely something.There have been many models and concepts of inspiration from ancient to modernist. Wiki has it again. So I am not writing. But my thoughts are as simple as my perception about inspiration.
Ideation requires inspiration. Or it could be the opposite. I have been trying to correlate these two. Who comes first? Who leads whom? I have been trying to explore on this. I believe an idea and an inspiration to realise the idea are extremely essential for giving birth to any masterpiece. Ideas get struck, get stumbled upon, get hit with, get captured while flashing before your imaginative eyes, or get saved during a communication exchange. Thereafter you need an inspiration to fructify the idea. The idea of a story may be in the mind of a writer. But it may not be possible to capture the idea in black and white immediately after it got conceived in the womb of the writer. Why? Because, to him, the act of writing needed an inspiration to begin, just like the idea itself. Every time there’s a new blockbuster movie raking the moolah, we talk about the story idea or the writer who wrote it. We also talk about the director who made it. In total although this creative output has been a collective effort, I am sure this must have required a muse or inspiration for the makers to realize their idea around the story.  Need to think more about it before I write more. Watch this space. 

Content? What Content?

Content is King. This jinxed catchphrase of the dotcom era has returned with a bang only to be reasserted with a bigger scope. This slogan was very much there on every dotcomer’s mind and mouth during the India Internet World 2000. The dotcom revolution went bust. And the slogan also evaporated. But then, it was more about words and sentences on the vanilla HTML pages of websites or portals that mushroomed without any reasonable purpose and business model. The term “content” then primarily meant the text or graphics available in electronic format on the portals and websites. I was a content writer then responsible for some 15 portals on various verticals otherwise known as vortals. My primary job was to research and write for these vortals.

That was then. Today the landscape is changed. And the term content has acquired a more value and criticality. Something known as Content Management (at large enterprise or sme levels) has evolved as a business domain where every technology vendor is prying for a footprint. Mergers, acquisitions, and overhauling consolidations of companies, technologies, processes, frameworks and products are happening for content. Services providers too have created their business units to tap the opportunities related to content and content management. This triggers some thinking. Why is content so important today? What is content after all? Content, as I understand, in today’s perspective is everything that’s data, information or knowledge utilized to serve some purpose. Content to may or may not have a business value. But content is an organizational imperative.

Today every existing information and communication system that have been built and deployed to automate manual processes takes care of content. Information is content. Data is content. Knowledge is content. Even wisdom is content. The record of the patients of a hospital is content. The user information with an insurance agency is content. The intra-organization knowledge is content. The IPR related documents of a scientific institution is content. The creative output of an advertising agency is content. The product documentation of a technology company is content. The telephone calls transcript recorded by a BPO is content. Survey reports by market research organizations too are content. A non-formal lunch with your CEO could also generate content. Media companies publish, produce and distribute content. A daily news paper or a television program or even a movie. Everything is content. Content can be made out of hot or cold processes. Content can be in print or electronic format. Or even on a wall. Content can be tangible or intangible.

Who am I?

Possesses ten years of impressive work equity in the IT and Media industry and growing strong. Areas of involvement include Technical Communication, Presales, Corporate Communication, Project Management, Knowledge Management and Technology Journalism. Continuing to contribute as a resourceful knowledge worker to multimillion dollars worth project and product development initiatives. Have been involved in all phases of mega IT projects and have contributed to employers’ prospects by implementing best practices, setting benchmarks, and forging successful business relationships. Adept at the art of successfully entwining varied cultures and work styles from local to global, and managing by objectives. Have successfully built, trained and managed teams while working for various projects. Strongly believes in the theology of communication. Runs the campaign “CommQuer the World”. Inspires greenhorns, supports underdogs, and empowers the have-nots.

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