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…

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…

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…

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……

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….

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…

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…

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……

What Does a Newspaper Stand For?

DIGIBABBLE is being taken to a new high… The Newspaper Association of America, the trade group that has represented the interests of major newspaper publishers in one form or another since 1887, is going to drop from its name the very word that defined it: “Newspaper.” The group will be known as the News Media…

Illiteracy Might Not Be What You Think

People First is a platform for development way more powerful than Mobile First; Digital First or even Pokemon First…forgive the sarcasm…. And frankly, as a subset of People First, I’d lead with Education First…as in Literacy First…because while there no doubt exists a good argument to show that literacy isn’t really required to find your…

The Race is On — So Help Me Pick a Winner

And the race is on! Wherever I have been in the world, the last few months, nearly everyone has asked me about the upcoming elections in the United States. And, I had the interesting experience, for an American, of watching both the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions from Europe and reaped the benefit of hearing…

Why Are Ideas Shrinking If We Have So Much Information?

Confirmation Bias…the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories while giving disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities. According to Wikipedia: A series of experiments in the 1960s suggested that people are biased toward confirming their existing beliefs. Later work re-interpreted these results as a tendency to test ideas in…

Mobile vs Mobility

We just arrived home, having beat out traffic jams and a thunderstorm…not to mention having caught up with everyone we needed to and, yes, planned tomorrow too. We used Waze to bypass a jam-packed highway and got routed through streets we never would have known to follow. Before we left, we diligently checked Dark Sky…

What Do Technology and Education Sadly Have In Common?

“Students using laptops and tablets in class perform worse in exams” So wrote The Telegraph in a feature article in May of this year. Last week I wrote about the issues related to productivity in our digital world and promised to tackle education this week. Here goes…from The Telegraph: University students that are allowed to…

I Have Met the Algorithm and It is Us

Facebook is biased! Facebook is hijacking the newsfeed! Facebook could change the course of the US presidential election!!!! Facebook will make us do anything it wants!!!!!!! No doubt you have seen these headlines, amongst others, in your own various newsfeeds and such over the past couple of weeks. And of course you have read about…

The Tech Smokescreen Fighting Regulation

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must…