Fall 2011 has been a fun time developing of Metaviews. While keeping tabs on the disruption of fields from advertising to academia, we have continued to develop our own projects, which has included extending our presence beyond Toronto.
A pair of salon events in Ottawa have focused on the challenges involved in the transformation to Open Government, which drew interest from all areas of the bureaucracy, as developing a more citizen-friendly approach has been pledged by the federal government.
Similar challenges are being faced by the non-profit sector as it attempts to retool its messaging for the social media age. The conversational research style of Metaviews.ca will increasingly be applied in this direction, too.
With the technological stakes increasingly being raised, though, we have continued to focus our attention on the business of the Internet. Recently, our subscriber newsletters, teleseminars and social media conversation has focused in areas that include:
• The state of the relationship between producers and consumers — and whether they can ever really be one and the same
• Whether or not self-styled internet intellectuals can be taken seriously in the age where everyone has their own online experience
• The increasingly blurred relationship between online communities and the way that we interact in physical spaces
• Marketing efforts that reach beyond online coupons or viral videos to target customers based on where they are standing
• New currency alternatives that stand to subvert the banking system and interest rates of credit card companies
• How hardware producers are constantly challenged by the marketplace to emphasize similarities more than differences
• What needs to be done in Canada to keep pace with the global evolution of online access and the distribution of content
As the year draws to a close, Metaviews.ca will conclude its year of specific research into “The Future of Authority,” and launch a similar project on how the internet stands to transform health care.