The Revolution Will Not Now Be Televised

With the death of American poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron last week, one of the great heroes of our time has moved on. I was tremendously moved by the very personal obituary written by his publisher Jamie Byng.

As I watch Scott-Heron’s famous work, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, I am struck by how much the times have changed since he released that fiery criticism of the media on his debut album, A New Black Poet – Small Talk at 125th and Lenox,  in 1970. At that time, TV and the media were perceived as mind-numbing and controlling forces. Fast forward 40 years, and we have citizen TV, Internet videos, Facebook pages and Twitter updates, plus websites like AlJazeera, which provides a platform for citizen videos, and Global Voices, a community website that reports on blogs and citizen media around the world. The inherent freedom of citizen media is powerful; it is literally pulling down tyrannies across the Middle East and will probably continue to do so around the world.

If I may suggest a small update edit, “Not” should probably be “Now.”

Blogging by Voice: Part 2: Edit by Voice on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This is part of my series on Blogging by Voice, using the newly updated (July 23, 2010) Dragon Dictation 2.0 iPhone/iPod on  a WordPress blog. This app has helped me keep blogging with an injured hand! I have dictated all posts in this series using Dragon Dictation, and edited them by voice (tidied up with a little hand editing to insert links, headlines, graphics, and the like).

Posts in this series:

Part 1 -Voice-to-Text Blogging on Your iPod! (via Dragon Dictation 2.0) – overview

Part 2 -Edit by Voice on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

Part 3-Tell Your Blog What to Do! (Syntax  commands for Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app for iPod/iPhone)

Part 4-Edit by Touchscreen Keyboard on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This post will explain how to use the app’s fabled “voice-driven correction interface.” With a hand injury, I was tantalized with the promise of voice-driven editing, but nowhere could I find it explained. After much experimentation, I finally figured it out, so I thought I would pass some tips along.

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Blogging By Voice: Part 3 – Tell Your Blog What to Do! (Syntax commands for Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app for iPod/iPhone)

This is part of my series on Blogging by Voice, using the newly updated (July 23, 2010) Dragon Dictation 2.0 iPhone/iPod on  a WordPress blog. This app has helped me keep blogging with an injured hand!  I have dictated all posts in this series using Dragon Dictation, and edited them by voice (tidying up with a little hand editing to insert links, headlines, graphics, and the like).

Posts in this series:

Part 1 -Voice-to-Text Blogging on Your iPod! (via Dragon Dictation 2.0) – overview

Part 2 -Edit by Voice on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

Part 3-Tell Your Blog What to Do! (Syntax  commands for Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app for iPod/iPhone)

Part 4-Edit by Touchscreen Keyboard on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This post explains how to use Dragon’s command syntax to format your dictation, thereby minimizing the need for later editing. Command syntax is Dragon’s built-in capability to recognize code words, or commands, that specify formatting, such as capitalization or quotation marks. These commands may at first seem just one more list of coding to learn, but when you discover how much time and effort they save you in editing, these commands become your friends.

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Blogging by Voice: Part 4 – Edit by Touchscreen Keyboard on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This is part of my series on Blogging by Voice, using the newly updated (July 23, 2010) Dragon Dictation 2.0 iPhone/iPod on  a WordPress blog. This app has helped me keep blogging with an injured hand! I have dictated all posts in this series using Dragon Dictation, and edited them by voice (tidying up with a little hand editing to insert links, headlines, graphics, and the like).

Posts in this series:

Part 1 -Voice-to-Text Blogging on Your iPod! (via Dragon Dictation 2.0) – overview

Part 2 -Edit by Voice on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

Part 3-Tell Your Blog What to Do! (Syntax  commands for Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app for iPod/iPhone)

Part 4-Edit by Touchscreen Keyboard on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This post explains how to use the iPhone/iPod built-in touchscreen-driven editing interface for Dragon Dictation 2.0. As explained in an earlier post here, there are two editing interfaces that can be used in Dragon. This post concerns only the built-in iPhone/iPad interface. This interface is keyboard-oriented, although you can dictate inserts by voice. However, the recorded inserts will not replace highlighyed text. For voice-driven replacement, you must use the Dragon interface, described in my post here.

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