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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Made in China

If you think China is all about cheap labor, and that the basis of its power is the sheer number of low-paid people it can throw at a problem – or that censorship and lack of personal freedom limits Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship – think again. China is on a roll and is frankly liable…

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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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Have You Been Cocooned by Culture?

How “popular” are you? According to Adam Sternbergh, “We are all, by some measure, popular.” Which of course begs the question: “What It Means to Be Popular (When Everything Is Popular)” And to answer that conundrum, or at least to give you grist for your own popularity mill, I recommend that you read his article…

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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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You Are What You Eat

Facebook doesn’t make you happy…. So says a recent study released by University of Michigan researchers and printed in the journal PLOS. To me this has always seemed sort of obvious…. We have lost sight of what it means to be really connected and we confuse machine terminology for human emotion. Frankly I am more…

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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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15 Minutes to Immortality

“In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Andy Warhol A phrase, coined by Warhol, that has been attributed to concepts by Marshall McLuhan and has been “updated” at various times since, including: “On the Web, everyone will be famous to fifteen people.” Attributed to a few And my favorite, and the most…

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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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A-List or THE List

When was the last time you were invited to The Party – I don’t mean A Party – I mean The Party. Semantics? I don’t think so… We all know A Party – promoted, teased, marketed – the idea being make the invitation seem exclusive and cool and then pack it full of people who…

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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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Democracy Isn’t About Voting

I can’t help it. It’s in my immigrant genes. I’m a sucker for the July 4th celebrations in the United States…always have been. And this year maybe more than ever…. The BBQs, the fireworks, yes…the sales too (I cannot tell a lie…), the beach…. Yet as I sit here on July 7th, writing and reflecting,…

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Try it…you’ll like it…

24/6. Full confession. I am unplugged one full 24-hour period a week. No email, no digital search, no social networking, no snackable content, no long-form digital anything…no Digibabble…. OFF. Nada. Nothing on, not even on airplane mode or offline status… Me – with an addict’s jones if one of my many devices isn’t within easy…

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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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My Data is Bigger…

“My data is bigger than your data…” “Yeah? Show me yours and I’ll show you mine…” An apocryphal conversation between two macho teens in the near future? OR “Can’t meet you later. Have incense burning duty at the Data Temple…” The new religion perhaps? Maybe. “Wait. I love those red pants but I have to…

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I Love the Smell of Napalm

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” — Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now That iconic line, delivered by Robert Duvall in Francis Ford Coppola’s epic movie, defines the horrors of the war experience as we watch soldiers surfing the waves behind a destroyed village. He ends the little soliloquy by saying it…

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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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Am I God, or is it me on Facebook?

“How many of you have 500 friends or more? 750 or more? More than 1,000? OK – if you have more than 2,000, keep your hands up.  Now, how many of them will pick you up at the airport?” Nervous laughter follows – with many knowing nods of the head…point made. The above is one…

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