Fiddling While Rome Burns

What do Facebook, WhatsApp and the Ukraine have in common? Nothing, you might say at first – but a lot if you think about it. At its most basic, they were all in the news last week – with the announcement of Facebook’s epic purchase pushing the deaths of Ukrainian activists off the top of…

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Who Gets the Rewards for Your Membership?

What is the price of membership? How much are you willing to pay; commit: sacrifice; pledge; leverage; or give up to participate with a select group that by definition or at least by connotation are exclusive….in other words membership. American Express knows about membership and it “has its rewards”…your initiation is your credit rating and…

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The Algorithms Reap While the People Sleep​

Whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or not is to me an ethical/political issue…the answer to which I guarantee will change over time – today’s traitor is tomorrow’s hero…. Frankly, I have written before about issues of privacy vs. security vs. the public’s need to know…not where I want to go today. Rather, I am…

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Super Bowl – Game and Culture

I went to the Super Bowl this year. I ate a Bloody Mary cupcake at the NFL Tailgate Party. I bought overpriced T-shirts and pretzels. I watched Seattle trash Denver. I danced with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I commiserated with my wife who was cold. I watched the Blackhawks fly over…

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