Speaking of which: WordPress CMS is the new Online Layout

Josepha is a communications expert — that is a very broad statement, and Josepha has a very broad scope.

She communicates very well, and does so on a wide variety of channels. She speaks. She gesticulates. She uses facial expressions. Intonation. She listens, empathizes, considers viewpoints, takes on perspectives. She writes, she reads, she leads and directs. She publishes — naturally, this is to be expected. Why? Naturally, because she is Executive Director of the WordPress project.

Why do I mention all of this here and now?

In just under two months we will both be participating at the WordCamp Europe (WCEU) conference in Porto (Portugal) … together with many other leading participants not only from all across Europe but from all across the globe.

Personally, I aim to be leading discussions and conversations primarily related to natural language search technology and also about the impacts such technologies have on the global media landscape (cf. “Literacy = ! { an on-off switch }” [ https://socio.business.blog/2022/04/09/literacy-an-on-off-switch ] ) … and also about how WordPress — since WordPress has become the open source machine that powers so much of the online world [1] — how this particular and popular standard CMS is now on the verge of establishing open source as the lingua franca of a wide array of technologies (and for me the most significant among these technologies remains natural language search technology).

For more about such Great Expectations, please see leading.business.blog

For more about Josepha and her expertise, please see josepha.blog [ https://josepha.blog ]

For a quick review of my remarks related to natural language search @ WCEU in Paris (2017), please see http://fun.freezine.org/2018/02/22/woohoo-wordpress-advanced-search

[1] The WordPress open source CMS is very widespread and is also the template for many courses and classes worldwide — so this “online” technology is quite analagous to the way that standardized keyboard layouts became the standard machines a century or two ago, and also much in the same way that the scientific method made open publication the sine qua non of science three or four centuries ago.
Featured image via https://josepha.blog/about/speaking
Porto image via https://europe.wordcamp.org/2022/centuries-of-porto-at-your-disposal

August of Fresh Airs among cool breezes and warm summer winds

I’ve been meaning to write an article about something like “the business ethics of online communications” for at least a month now — and what’s been preventing me is (I think) that my views on the topic are strange enough to be basically incomprehensible … unless I go into such detail that it could hardly pass as a blog post and require a significant investment on the part of readers (think: “short story” or even “novella”).

Anna Lundberg recently engaged with me on her blog — and this type of “open communication” is actually very much what I am talking about. I have come up with a new term — “publicacy”– which is supposed to be somewhat a counterpart for writers + publishers to what the term “literacy” means to readers (or rather, the way the term “literacy” is commonly understood to refer to readers more than being applied to writers or publishers).

There is an element of another term — “communicative competence” — involved. Beyond the interpersonal direct communication norms of “meatspace”, in “cyberspace” we are all collaborating towards building a communal text… and so the engagement Anna practices with me is a required element of publicacy: to monitor and discuss, beyond simply clicking the button to “publish”. This engagement is the opposite of “moving on”, “forgetting about”, or in a more extreme view of being unattentive or even ignorant.

Please do go and check out Anna’s post (“How to build your personal brand on social media“) + our collaboration to “work it out”.

I highly recommend paying attention to Anna, and I hereby gladly extend an open invitation for her to join and participate in the Zita.PRO community! 😀