Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
My 40 most-recent links, ranked by number of clicks.
FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
So here's my fourth DaveCast.
And here's a link to the article that started the discussion.
Hope you enjoy!
I forgot the most important reason to go to college. So you can take the courses the butthead says you shouldn't.
Psychology is certainly a practical skill-based class. Like it or not you're going to spend the rest of your life dealing with people, and being a person, so you might as well know what makes humans go.
History? That's the study of macro-level psychology. Why do humans, collectively, do the crazy things we do. The most tragic thing we do, btw, is to repeat mistakes of the past. So if you think you're not at an advantage if you understand history, it's actually a way to get a head start on life. But only if you plan to be partly responsible for what your generation does. If all you want to do is watch TV, play video games, eat and breed, I guess you can skip history.
And it helps to have a common base of literature that we've all read, so we can tell each other stories and have some idea of what we're all talking about. Maybe these days all you need to know you can get from watching YouTube videos and reading your friends Facebook updates. But if that's what you're into, you're not going to be very interesting to converse with. So the people who have something to say probably won't seek you out.
Couldn't hurt to learn to write. Take an accounting class so you're not scared to do your taxes.
But the single most important thing about going to college is getting laid. A lot. Your body is in great shape for it at that age. It's healthy, if you do it right, and it's the biggest single learning experience you can have. Better than all those "skills" they talk about, math and science. etc.