Uber CEO’s Time-Out Is a Wake-Up Call to Us All

The HBO sitcom Silicon Valley merged with reality as Dan Lyons, a longtime journalist who has written the show for two seasons, recently said about Uber: There’s a general sense in Silicon Valley, and there has been for five to 10 years, that it’s all about growth…. Not just reasonable growth, but hypergrowth. Do anything…

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A TV Record, Social Frenzy, Live Events, and Engaged Millenials —Can Anyone Guess The Star?

It was viral…a leaning in and not back event…a socially involved and active happening, where people were interactively engaged and immersively involved. No doubt the DIGIBABBLISTS are pumping their fists at my use of so many clichés while others are rolling their eyes for the same reason. But it was a perfect storm, for me,…

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Where Does Accountability End and Censorship Begin?

“The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!” Interestingly, without the Fake News Media there would be no story to tell here. No serious spreading and amplification…no discussion and certainly no ability to leverage coverage. So Fake News…

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Disappearing Photos Tell No Tales

Monday May 29 is Memorial Day in the United States. While it has become, to many, an entitled day off to shop sales and organize a BBQ, the day (last Monday in May) was originally conceived and remains a day of remembrance for those who have given their lives in service to the USA. Many…

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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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Fake News Is More Pervasive Than You Think!

Fake news has become a cause du jour. A hand-wringing, holier-than-thou, accusation-laden, finger-pointing cause. Yet, let’s be honest…clearly there is 100% fake news out there, as there has always been. Some of it is propaganda (a la Orwell’s 1984), has no basis in anything, with a desire to disrupt in big and dangerous ways, and…

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The Revolution Begins

So who’s in charge, as in who’s really in charge? For way too long we have been caving into Google and Facebook, lamenting the loss of control that advertisers and advertising has. The Digibabble narrative went like this: Digital media has killed all else because of their vast and magical powers controlling pricing, access, supposed…

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You Too Should Make Money From Google!

No doubt, no matter where you are in the world, you have followed the debate in the United States around online privacy and the ability (or not) to sell your personal data. “What privacy?” you might rightly ask. Google and Facebook already track our every click and swipe and sell our information to anyone with…

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Robots Are a Given… What About You?

Maybe it’s the Trump effect and the focus on job creation or it’s the resurrection of jobs (once lost to technology) and the obvious cynicism that predicates a return in mass numbers to an old state. Perhaps it’s the financial analysts touting AI (artificial intelligence) as the new frontier in order to create the next…

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Why Customer Service is Your True Competitive Edge

“If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we’ll turn out all right.” So says Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame. Think about it. From one-click shopping onwards, the focus of Amazon has been on making the buying experience simpler. As I have written before, Amazon is…

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The Threat of WMDs is Very Real

WMDs. Remember that term? Weapons of mass destruction…a catalyzing fear of the Bush US Presidency and the driving force behind the Iraq War. The fear of WMDs was so deep and primal that an almost unprecedented bi-partisan group of US politicians supported the war to find them. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam…

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What Makes The Snap IPO Even More Interesting?

Imagine if the torrent of tweets we have become inured to disappeared after 10 seconds. One can only wonder what the political climate of the United States might be like today… Or, say you were a mega-diva like Madonna and you chose to launch your latest collection of songs with a video that was ephemeral……

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A Music Lesson for Business Disruption

I admit it. Full confession. I have become obsessed with the cover of a song. Not just any song, mind you…an old song, an old famous song, an old famous song written and sung originally by legends and recently covered by a band and singer whose musical ethos is 180 degrees in the opposite direction….

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Attention Spans Dwindling, Processing Power Increasing. Are We Becoming More Like Our Primal Ancestors?

“[What information consumes is] the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” -Herbert Simon, Nobel winner, Economics (1978) Think about that for a moment. Since the advent of movable type heralded the evolution of readily accessible information, our senses have been assaulted with ever-growing, ever-changing sources of information…

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