If Luther Had Twitter

There was a time when the word “viral” meant the plot of a new novel by Michael Crichton revolving around some weird, rapidly spreading disease that threatens the very existence of our world. Then the Internet arrived and “viral” took on a new connotation. No need to go into detail but we all remember the…

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Finger Pointing Won’t Stop Gun Pointing

A country’s leader is brutally stabbed to death in the most public of places…a theater…making the event immediately known and shared. Another country’s president is assassinated, also at a theater, as the murderer shouts, for all to hear, “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus always to tyrants!”) And a vigilante kills a prisoner as television cameras broadcast…

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Fyre Festival Blows the Celebrity-Endorser Whistle

I was going to write about digital social media and the misplaced blame it receives for so many of our societal ills…which are getting worse…the ills, that is. However, an event of the past week directly links to my prior post and, in my estimation, underlines, highlights and confirms my deeply held belief that our…

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HBO Did Not Die on the Vine

What do Vine and HBO have in common? What indeed? Vine—once the fresh face of what some said would replace TV—is fading into oblivion. HBO—which should have been heading toward extinction, according to many of the same analysts and pundits—is hot on watch lists across generations and platforms. User-generated six-second content was going to be…

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The Power of Vision: Elon Musk and The Wright Brothers

And the naysayers nayed… First a Tesla crashes, tragically killing its occupant/owner/“driver” while it was on autopilot And then…. The Falcon 9 rocket exploded early on September 1, during a static flight test on its launch pad in Cape Canaveral. The rocket was preparing to launch the Amos-6, an Israeli communications satellite, but both rocket…

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When Virtual and Reality Get Confused

Game of Thrones… Which after six seasons and a steadily growing global audience, watching across all platforms, continues to break records and win awards…and is often viewed as a metaphor for politics everywhere… No doubt beyond the great visuals, acting and scripts, the basic story talks to us in a visceral way…it’s all a game……

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What Does a Newspaper Stand For?

DIGIBABBLE is being taken to a new high… The Newspaper Association of America, the trade group that has represented the interests of major newspaper publishers in one form or another since 1887, is going to drop from its name the very word that defined it: “Newspaper.” The group will be known as the News Media…

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Illiteracy Might Not Be What You Think

People First is a platform for development way more powerful than Mobile First; Digital First or even Pokemon First…forgive the sarcasm…. And frankly, as a subset of People First, I’d lead with Education First…as in Literacy First…because while there no doubt exists a good argument to show that literacy isn’t really required to find your…

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Inequality is Not a Plus or Minus Game

Inequality, in mathematics, describes the relationship between two values when they are different. Expressed in its equation form as “a≠b,” that is exactly what it means—not that one is bigger or smaller than the other or even that they can be compared in size. Ergo, when applied to society this relatively simple equation makes clear…

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The Race is On — So Help Me Pick a Winner

And the race is on! Wherever I have been in the world, the last few months, nearly everyone has asked me about the upcoming elections in the United States. And, I had the interesting experience, for an American, of watching both the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions from Europe and reaped the benefit of hearing…

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Why Are Ideas Shrinking If We Have So Much Information?

Confirmation Bias…the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories while giving disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities. According to Wikipedia: A series of experiments in the 1960s suggested that people are biased toward confirming their existing beliefs. Later work re-interpreted these results as a tendency to test ideas in…

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From Ripples Come Tsunamis

A few short weeks ago, I—along with thousands of others—walked blithely along the beachside promenade of La Croisette in Cannes, France, which is only a short drive from Nice and its beachfront walkway. The weather was beautiful and the strolling couples, the skateboarding teens, the babies in carriages, the sun worshipers so attired (or not…

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Mobile vs Mobility

We just arrived home, having beat out traffic jams and a thunderstorm…not to mention having caught up with everyone we needed to and, yes, planned tomorrow too. We used Waze to bypass a jam-packed highway and got routed through streets we never would have known to follow. Before we left, we diligently checked Dark Sky…

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Brand Me is Bigger Than Opting In

We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You. — Management guru Tom Peters, 1997 Tom Peters was way more prescient than he could have ever imagined back in 1997.  Every one of us is “head…

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