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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Memory, Karma and Desire

Every year, around this time, as the United States approaches its national day of commemoration…for those who have given their lives in the various wars fought by US troops…aptly called Memorial Day…I am struck by the nature, the very essence of memory and what it really means, what it can achieve and the flip side…

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Generation World Loses a Champion

They are ageless. Age does not define them…nor is it central to who they are. They are empowered. They believe it’s up to them to make their lives meaningful. They are global citizens. Borders are for maps…their interest in other cultures is as important as their own. They are self-directed. Success is about how you…

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Don’t Blame the Messenger

What separates the good guys from the bad guys? Hollywood once made it really easy because all the good cowboys wore white hats while the bad wore black ones. Wish it were so easy in our world. And I wish that the answer was technology… But it just ain’t that simple. Technology in and of…

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How Technology Will Not Save the World

The United States is currently tangled up in a racially charged debate around police violence, or maybe better put, excessive and biased use of force against people of color. We have seen riots and demonstrations over the past few weeks, reminiscent of the worst days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the inflammatory rhetoric, from…

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Deepak Chopra, Winnie the Pooh, and JFK

Thank you…. Such a small phrase. Yet one fraught with such deep possibilities. Its English origins are rooted in the concept of gratitude…a more meaningful concept I think… And culturally…around the world…while its use and meaning might vary – I think it’s safe to say that the basic concept is the same – we have…

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Hunt a Mammoth

Unplug and reconnect. Amazing how the message seems to resonate…or maybe not so amazing…. I imagine that back in the day, some cave mom told her intense, wall-painting son to get out and hunt a mammoth or two and reconnect with what is real…and I have no doubt that advice made him a better painter…I…

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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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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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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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Do It Big or Stay in Bed

DIDN’T IT HAPPEN ALREADY! ISN’T IT OVER YET? WILL IT NEVER END????? Last week I wrote about my 60th Birthday – or as you can tell from the sentiment above – expressed to me by friends and family my Birth week!! Truth told – it was a great week plus (to be honest…) in fact…

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CTRL_ALT_DELETE

“Hey, how are you?” “Well…I’ve been to the doctor and I’m waiting on the results…my kid is having trouble with her teacher – can you imagine?…still looking for a job…did I tell you that my wife left me…and oh yeah, the air-conditioning broke down in my car and it’s hot….” Now tell me the truth…

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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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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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“To be, or not to be…”

“To be, or not to be…” What the hell kind of question is that? Poor sentence structure–not clear…to be what?…or not to be what? No one talks that way, Will! Write it over or you will never get anywhere…don’t worry, we will help you develop it the right way…. Imagine that William Shakespeare had to…

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Does Facebook Know it’s Mobile?

Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia – only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and…

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Zynga Farms Its Own Future

Remember Zynga? In June of 2009, they launched FarmVille on Facebook, had 10 million+ active users daily in only six weeks, and on that trajectory went public with huge pre-launch hype on December 16, 2011 – opening at $10 a share, hitting a high of $14.50 in March of 2012, and today trading under $3.50…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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Dancing with Mars…?

Survivors. Business. Crazy stunts. Questionable talent. Facing fears. Dancing. Singing. Sex. Garbage. Cars. Models. Faux celebrities. Weight loss. You name it – there is “Reality TV” programming around it. Video; web; mobile; print – Omni-Channel…the latest babble term. And yes – full confession – I am as guilty as any of dipping in. Participating. Imbibing…

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The Oscars – Social Heritage

Did you watch the live broadcast, through any source, of the Academy Awards, known more popularly as the Oscars? Did you watch it time delayed – depending on where you live? Or perhaps just follow it through various postings across a host of channels? Or maybe even just discuss it with a friend to share…

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Real Heroes Don’t Need Excuses

How the mighty have fallen… Or should I say, how the mighty have fallen again Or perhaps Keep on falling…. A number of months ago I wrote about “The Deaths of Two Heroes.” One was Neil Armstrong, who died of natural causes and left behind a sterling legacy of what can be achieved in life…

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