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Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Internet Cowboys


BoomTown is clearly losing a step in the summer doldrums and forgot to post this lovely movie that I did while in Jackson Hole, Wyo., last weekend for an event called the “Internet Cowboys un-Conference.”

What’s an un-conference? Well, it was less organized, there were fly-fishing and elk nearby and it involved a whole lot of thinking big thoughts in the much bigger outdoors.

I was invited there by one of the hosts, well-known Israeli entrepreneur Yossi Vardi–the other hosts were Idith and Yuval Almog, at whose home the third annual event was held.

My job? To to give a “big idea” talk titled: “Journalism Is Dead? Long Live the News!” (or maybe it was: “The News Is Dead? Long Live Journalism!”). It was about how old media was trying to innovate to stay relevant (and alive!).

In any case, it was actually a very bracing time and here is a video I did interviewing some of the participants (and below that is one of the classic Willie Nelson tune, sung by him and Waylon Jennings):

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik