So Much More Than Mai Tais

I first learned of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) sponsoring of a group of eight mainland internet entrepreneurs, dubbed: So Much More Hawaii through local media impresario Damon Tucker’s blog. (Damon really wants to down some Mai Tais with these folks. “Hey everyone! I’ll twitter for the next round! Oops! my dang cell phone is stuck!”)

Apparently, the idea is for these folks to tour the islands whilst blogging away in their respective “vertical niche markets” : convention biz, blog talk-radio, travel; both family and solo, food, and so on.

Sounds like a great gig to me.

All kidding aside, the HTA sponsoring of these savvy social media marketers, to have a good time and broaden their bloggees’ online understanding of the “real Hawaii”, could be viewed in various ways. And yes, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is in the business of generating tax revenue and tourism money.

Well, that’s part of their objective anyway. The other goals of the HTA are what you might call of a social, cultural, and environmental nature. click here to read the rest of the story


Follow Marshall McLuhan on Twitter!

Hey! Isn’t that numbnuts staring at his reflection again?

--some Greek person 

(The following ideas are largely borrowed from an essay by Marshall McLuhan entitled: The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis, appearing as Chapter 4 of his book: Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1st Ed. McGraw Hill, NY, 1964; reissued MIT Press, 1994, with introduction by Lewis H. Lapham; reissued by Gingko Press, 2003 ISBN 1-58423-073-8). Likewise, McLuhan interprets the ideas of medical researchers Hans Selye and Adolphe Jonas, Lewis Mumford, and William Blake — He also said the Virgin Mary provided intellectual guidance — and if you can’t borrow from her, who can ya?)

Narcissus comes from the Greek word narcosis, or numbness.

Narcissus did not actually fall in love with himself, contrary to popular interpretation.

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Blogzilla Versus The Community

The term blog is rather absurd. To be sure, that is what we are going with and it would be more absurd yet to try and start a movement to redefine terms for the world wide web.

So for the sake of pragmatism let’s at least take a look at why blog is perhaps lacking in clear definition.

To blog means to have a unique location where anyone can experience how you, the blogger, have chosen to participate in the arrangement of digitally reproduced content on the internet.

A type of befuddlement has also emerged with this digital technology. This can be attributed to the equally emerging illusory aspect of digital media. Our so-called “blogging community” in Hawaii suffers from this digitally created veil that hangs upon the eyes of an organic community of real people, responding to this current and increasingly dominant digital content. Continue reading “Blogzilla Versus The Community”

Polling the Blog Vog of Advertising

(Post..posting note: After giving this more thought, it would seem valid to make the distinction between local businesses’ advertisements, and say, distant-from-the-community ads. Still, the discussion of how advertisement might affect the reporting of community news is worthwhile, particularly as digital “content” is crashing straight into what has traditionally been called “news.”)

Or as one perspicacious reader of put it:

The qualitative distinction between “news” and digital “content” is significant. News is something that is newsworthy – worthy of reporting to the public. Content is, well, just something, albeit high-definition-something. In fact, highly-defined news fits on paper just fine. Digital high-definition ‘content’ doesn’t. Confusing these two pursuits is perhaps something we’d do well to avoid.

Hmm, I guess it’s too late to tweak my poll, so to speak..

Why Participate?

Ideally, elected officials represent our concerns. More often, lobbyists promote policy furthering their beneficiaries’ special agendas, often at great harm to the public good. In this way, government has been gradually and systematically transformed from that of democracy to government primarily serving special interests, often contrary to community concerns.

Political discussion has been mutated to fit within the corporate media aim of keeping citizens’ political participation limited to that of chumps. These and other powerful institutions wield pervasive influence – attempting to engineer people’s sole participation into one of mere consumption.

People upholding the freedom to use their competence depend on informed community participation much more than manipulative institutional agendas. Not participating in the decision making of our community, state, nation, and planet means that others determine how we live.

Island Notes supports communities living, working, and participating in healthy sustainable ways. Drop a line if you have policy concerns you’d like to share. If these concerns are made available to other folks, any number of beneficial connections may result from getting the word out.


Island Notes is just being hatched. At this point, connecting with like-minded folks is the thing. The details, technical and otherwise, will emerge as discussions develop. Mahalo.

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