kidd millennium & the Attention Economy!

May 21, 2009

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Faced with information-overload and attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, the kidd was beside himself this week trying to figure how to make transactions in the new Attention Economy. Based on swapping insights for followers on social network sites, the kidd needed to take his cause to a higher power. So after learning Oprah was booked, he begrudgingly settled for second best by landing an interview with the Almighty!

Now, all the kidd really wanted to know was how was he ever to get people to listen to him when they were constantly distracted by data be slung like Dominoes pizzas on a Saturday night. What the Lord told him was classified information, but seeing that you are all kidd fans, the word from ‘on-high’ can be shared here…

Apparently the Attention Economy is analogous to a feudal society, where social networks like Twitter act similar to medieval-like armies of "the followers and the followed." The value of one’s modern-day fiefdom is based on how many followers we have who are ready, willing and able to absorb our propaganda. In essence we grow our power base as digital feudal lords by winning the attention of an eclectic cadre of like-minded folk. In place of food and shelter provided in the days of feudalism, we exchange information for one’s loyalty in the Twitterverse! In essence, since all economies are based on securing scarce resources, the kidd learned that his "attention" came with a price tag! Who’d a thunk his words of wisdom were worth the time of day?

Thanking God for his savvy words of advice, the kidd was last seen securing stock in the Attention Economy, by attracting new tweeps to his Twitter crib. At the time of this posting, he was last seen holding court in a little fiefdom of 3357 followers and wants the world to know that he feels he has a much better shot at making some headway in the Attention Economy than he ever did with the current financial crisis! If you can spare some attention, won’t you join him for a little repartee and the occasional schadenfreude! After all, he’s just a tweet away!

More on the Attention Economy can be found at my zMogo posting. And more kidd millennium toons can be found here!

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Party of No vs. Party of Know

March 9, 2009

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Bipartisanship neatly tucked its head under its wing shortly after Obama took office this past January. For public display, a smattering of respect was extended to the newly elected president for his historical electoral victory. This decorum lasted for about a half a second, before the GOP realized where they had landed…smack dab in the middle of a powerless party, devoid of leadership! Less they breathe in any more of the rarified air that was wafting throughout the Capital, they collectively knew their only recourse was to retreat. But how was the Party of No going to disagree without appearing disagreeable?

As the Democrats struggle for answers, they are at least acting on potential quick-fix and long-range solutions. While time will tell if Obama’s recovery plan will hit the nail on the proverbial head, it’s the administration’s opinion that it is better to take action than continually wallow in negativity.

The Republicans on the other hand have borrowed a page out of former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s 1980’s playbook: Just Say No! Get use to it! In an attempt to begin the mighty Sisyphus task of rolling the power ball back up the Hill, they will continue to oppose for opposition sake!

Make no mistake: Republicans are pissed off and are acting out. The Party has decided that their road back from perdition is paved with defiant, unified contrarianism. However, being obstinate and petulant smacks of bravado, with no substance. Is the party still suffering from Bush-fatigue? Or has the GOP officially perished at the ripe old age of 154?  Like the Federalists, Whigs, Bull-Moosers, and Dixiecrats before them, will they fade into history? Or do they yet have an ace up their sleeve?

Could they be relying on their defacto distraction, the DittoMaster? Rush Limbaugh has not only saturated his airwaves with vitriol and venom, but he has not missed one mainstream news cycle in the last several weeks, and his blind faith followers, the “dittoheads” can’t get enough. His current rant is intimidating the president into a verbal duel, a radio debate!

Obama not dignifying the request with a reply continues to work on the pressing issues at hand, while the DittoMaster spends countless hours chanting his new mantra: “I hope he fails!”

So there you have it… Partisanship… alive and well in the Land of Lincoln. The GOP’s “no you can’t” versus the Dems “we know we can!” is a heck of a State of the Union!  Fasten your seatbelts America, it’s going to be long, bumpy ride!

(“Party of No GOP elephant” by John Sherffius inspired this cartoon)


kidd & the Church of the Holy Bubba!

May 12, 2008

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Put Him Out with the Pastor!
by Ron Callari

Should anyone criticize Hillary Clinton for continuing to pray at the altar of Bill Clinton? After some forty some odd years with the man, Hillary is still directed by the guiding principles of her beloved Slick Willy. Her mentor’s trajectory from inconsequential to infamous is legendary. Throw in a little impeachment for good measure, and you have the makings of one helluva of an organizer.

Lies and deceit never far from his serpentine tongue, our 42nd president has slithered his way from late night Oral Office liaisons to parsing the word “is” for “is” sake. And while his wanton ways may have finally been put to rest, his “finger wagging” is still afflicted.

To this very day, he crooks it with dramatic flair while demanding the press corps cease holding him accountable for every racial slur he strategically spews along his wife’s campaign trail
When Wild Bill was facing his darkest days, the Clinton spin cycle churned out consolatory support and sound bytes that “condemned the sin, but not the sinner,” and character imagery that labeled him the “traditional dirty old uncle you couldn’t help but love.”

However not to be bogged down by the weight of one’s own dirty laundry (blue dress included), our former first lady believes her time could be better spent airing the sullied tidy-whities of others! Hillary, always the Christian Soldier and equipped with political myopia slogs through the current campaign battlefield with vigor and a renewed sense short-term memory loss.
Most recently, she lashed out at her opponent by declaring she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor made.

“He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”

The question for Ms. Clinton is: “When are you going to stop attending the Church of the Holy Bubba?”

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