Resolved: Social Networks Should Fight Terrorism…Or Not…

“Goodwill towards all men”…in the nonsexist, nongender-specific and gluten-free way…before the knee-jerkers call me out for not being PC… “Goodwill” seems to be a reasonable wish and an admirable goal for all of humankind…no? That will be my only point – the rest I leave up to you, dear reader. Here is the question, the…

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India Can Ignite Your Imagination

India has always been synonymous, to me, with magic and mystery. I must confess that growing up in the West, it was Rudyard Kipling who first ignited my passion and The Jungle Bookand Kim are still go-to reads for me…and before you jump on me – yes, I know that his colonial roots are problematic…but as you knee-jerk…

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Have You Heard of Asian Fail?

Have you heard of Asian Fail? It’s not a new flu, nor does it refer to cheap goods that don’t work… Asian Fail is what students in the region refer to when they get less than an A in any subject. B just doesn’t cut it and C is unthinkable. Truth is that it’s not that…

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LEGO…Putting the Pieces Together

Have you seen The Lego Movie? Chances are – almost wherever you live in the world – if you have kids, you saw it – or will. The Lego Movie – a 90-minute, unabashedly unself-conscious “serious” movie that all ages seem to enjoy – Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96%! — “Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute…

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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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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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Waze and the Wise Kings

If Moses had Twitter, would the Ten Commandments have received wider coverage? If the Wise Kings had Waze, would they have found the manger more easily or maybe missed the traffic jam in the Galilee? If Muhammad had Facebook or Buddha LinkedIn, would the essential pillars of major religions be different today? Let me be…

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A Shoebox of Memories

My Father passed away last week. He was 87, left an amazing legacy that has touched thousands and died peacefully with great dignity. In preparing to celebrate his life and achievements, my siblings and I combed through files, opened countless drawers, stood on chairs to get to high shelves and basically left no nook or…

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The Snail and the Digital Hare

Facebook dies on its initial public offering and the Royal Mail in the UK jumps 38%…. Is it like the Hare and the Tortoise? The old-fashioned dinosaur, the last-century, so-over-it snail mail…beat out the latest and greatest? Sounds almost like one of those unfounded Internet myths that get passed around and around and around until…

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If a Tweet Falls in the Forest

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Two philosophical thought experiments that raise questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality. Here is a modern version: What is a tweet without a retweet? Or better…

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A City of Mash-Ups

The ultimate mash-up… Primal, powerful and awe-inspiring… Alluring…capable of overpowering the senses…driving people wild…beyond control… Eliciting love and hate…hugs and violence… No doubt one of the largest viral audiences ever…. What could it be, you ask? What combination of music, sounds and artists could produce such emotion? Listen: “The voice of the muezzin calling the…

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Put a Ding on it, iPhone

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Don’t we all? At least so I fantasize…. But that quote isn’t from me – it’s classic Steve Jobs. In fact, I’d argue that it’s a defining statement and a lens through which to judge Apple…. Bottom line from Jobs: that ding isn’t a fantasy, it’s…

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Spy vs Spy

Secrecy… Spies… Privacy… Big data… Data mining… Experiential… Retargeting… Opt-in or opt-out… Security… Terrorism… Death… I just played a little free-word association and you can see where I landed: Start with secrecy – often the excuse for spying – and see where you end up. Seems simple – the fear of death – as in…

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Of Mice and Memories

So Mickey and Minnie Mouse can be manipulated, subverted, played with…made to remember things that never happened and, one imagines, made to forget things that did. Hmmm…were they married? Have kids? Just lovers…covering for one another? Who knows what memories they have or what memories we might give them? Endless if you think about it…or…

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Beware of Geeks…

The Iliad and The Odyssey. Recently I was asked what young creative types should study in order to be successful in today’s digital-centric world. Other panelists suggested that they concentrate on “digitally interactive experiential snackable content development linked to social network interaction…” you get the Digibabble point. My answer was read The Iliad and The…

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This Little Piggy Went to Market…

Actually – many little piggies – not clear if they went to market themselves…but it is clear that they represent almost $5 billion to an American meat processing company from their Chinese counterpart. Bottom line – China has been plagued with substandard food processing issues; way too many people have died; if you have seen…

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Bald Cats, Putin, Homer and Algorithms

“Read Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and try and figure out why they’re still being read, searched for, turned into movies or (digibabble) digital video content.” The above was my reply to a question I was asked on a recent panel about what young creative types should do today to better prepare themselves for…

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The Race to be Wrong — Is it Right??

reddit, its (r)editors and “old-fashioned” media channels all took negative hits during the recent tragic Boston bombing and its frantic aftermath. Interestingly enough, if you cut through the digibabble and pontificating punditry, the issue is actually the same – the need we have to provide the scoop – to be the first – to have…

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The Future Rests on Legacy

How important is the past to you? Is everything that was…all that happened…just mere history…dinosaur doings? Do you subscribe to the notion that nothing that is old is worth knowing and that only the new – the bright and shiny – is valuable? Frankly, this week I became obsessed with this notion as the company…

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Reality Bites HARD

Reality bites…hard…very hard. This time, though, Reality is not relative; it’s not decided by cultural or social norms; it’s not linked to social channels or digital magic…. The Boston Marathon Massacre is a Reality defined by death; murder; terrible human destruction; terror; and at its core – hatred…pure and simple. This Reality bit and it…

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Reality Bites

Reality Bites Bad movie – great line…the notion that every once in a while events, circumstances, occurrences, the randomness of life gets in our way – gunks up the works – screws us up – flushes our plans down the toilet and otherwise creates a F@#k Fest. Here is the thing – what is reality?…

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