Doc Searles gave an inspired speech yesterday. In it he said:
"On one side is the Static Web of sites that we architect and build and construct, at locations and addresses. On the other is the Live Web of pages that we write or author and publish and syndicate, and which can be browsed or subscribed to."
Guess what type this site is? Elsewhere he added:
"Here's the biggest fact about the live Web: individuals are in charge. The group we used to call consumers are now producers. The demand side is supplying itself. Dealing with that fact, and taking advantage of it, is the biggest challenge and opportunity for everybody who wants to succeed in the live Web."
That means me, you and our clients. If that doesn't convince you then what about this:
"So there is a new balance of power in the world, that we're seeing first in the live Web. Now individuals are in charge of their own lives, their own livings, and the things they do in the world, many of which involve production of goods like we've never seen before.
That's the new context."
And I 100% agree with his remark where he says:
"I'll tell the story of how Dave Winer got me started blogging more than six years ago, and how without his help I might just be another tech writer making money on the side telling clueless companies how to market stuff."
In my case, I'd tell the story of me and Tom Feremski - a former FT hack. It's allmost identical though the timelinee's different.
When I get to see stuff like this, it's clear that what I'm really seeing is the future unfold in front of me. Can you think of anything more challenging or exciting? Or shall I warble on about offshoring again?