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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If You Think Algorithms Help Your Brand, Think Again!

In response to consumer pressure, some companies such as Kellogg’s, BMW, Warby Parker and Allstate have issued guidelines not to allow their digital advertising to appear on Breitbart News. The site, famous for its invective-filled headlines like “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,”is the largest and therefore the symbolic epicenter of controversy over inflammatory…

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7 Predictions From a Cloudy Crystal Ball

2017 and my first big post. Number one, and most importantly, welcome to a new year and a fresh set of possibilities and opportunities that could help us change the world. Clearly, we have all followed the overwhelmingly expressed social media view that 2016 was a bust with fear expressed for what 2017 might bring….

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Sharing Candles, Sharing Lights

We overuse the word “share” and undermine its most powerful meaning. Sharing has always been about giving something up that belongs to you, taking a piece from your whole and distributing it to others. When we were young, being a good sharer meant letting the other kid play with your toys. As we got older…

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Whose Truth Is it on Google?

“Providing relevant answers has been the cornerstone of Google’s approach to search from the very beginning. It would undermine the people’s trust in our results and company if we were to change course.”- Google, in response to SEME research.  SEME, in this context, is for those who Googled and found links to Japanese culture: “The…

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The Power of Celebrity in Politics

How impactful do you think social media was during the recent US presidential campaign? I’m not referring to the tweets or posts of either candidate. I’m more interested in the celebrity endorsements, the influencer factor if you will. A quick search and count will tell you that Clinton out celeb’d Trump by an exponential factor….

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Elections Are Won by Votes, Not Likes and Shares

“Politics is just like show business.” – Ronald Reagan It’s hard to argue with that sentiment after the recent US election. However, my interest is more on the side of how the show-business effect impacted Millennial voter turnout than in the antics and theater of any particular candidate. To that end, it is important to note…

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Fake News: You Get What You Pay For

“A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.” -Mark Twain (no one knows for sure if he said it) Even if he didn’t say it (and if you know—one way or another—please tell), it is prescient in its meaning today. Fake news is all the rage these days,…

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Polls Predictably Wrong… Again

So what was it that made it so hard to predict the recent US election that caught the data scientists; the media; the pollsters; the pundits and the bettors by surprise much like Brexit did in the UK a few short months ago? Could it be as New York Times (who got it dreadfully wrong…

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Before And Then More Importantly After You Vote…Remember Max

It doesn’t matter where in the world you live. It doesn’t matter what your politics are. The negative, nasty and vindictive tone of the US presidential election—from all sides—has affected us throughout the globe. Saturday Night Live, the famous US comedy show, has been skewering both presidential candidates for the past few months…so well, in…

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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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