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…

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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…

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Inequality is Not a Plus or Minus Game

Inequality, in mathematics, describes the relationship between two values when they are different. Expressed in its equation form as “a≠b,” that is exactly what it means—not that one is bigger or smaller than the other or even that they can be compared in size. Ergo, when applied to society this relatively simple equation makes clear…

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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…

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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…

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From Ripples Come Tsunamis

A few short weeks ago, I—along with thousands of others—walked blithely along the beachside promenade of La Croisette in Cannes, France, which is only a short drive from Nice and its beachfront walkway. The weather was beautiful and the strolling couples, the skateboarding teens, the babies in carriages, the sun worshipers so attired (or not…

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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…

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Brand Me is Bigger Than Opting In

We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You. — Management guru Tom Peters, 1997 Tom Peters was way more prescient than he could have ever imagined back in 1997.  Every one of us is “head…

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Are You Living Up to Your Personal Digital Potential? Does it Matter?

[T]he [US] government reported disappointingly slow growth and continuing stagnation in productivity. The rate of productivity growth from 2011 to 2015 was the slowest since the five-year period ending in 1982. So reported The New York Times in a June 6th article entitled, “Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive.” The most prominent…

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Ode to Ali

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”…Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t know this was said by Muhammad Ali? Think about it. In a world without 24/7 celebrity self-postings. In a time before 24/7 news streaming. In an age when data was not yet driving sports reporting…heart and soul were still the…

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To Know You Is To Not Really Have a Clue…

Who am I? No…This is not some existential, philosophical, New Age-type question. Au Contraire! Google tells me that they have no clue…even as they sell my data (hmmmm) to others and inundate me with irrelevant ads that actually prove they have no clue. Amazon purports to know me well through my orders, which are lots…

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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…

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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…

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You Are What You Do Live

“Virtual Meetings Will Erase Face to Face” – Businessweek, January 2009 Interesting – I wonder what it predicted about their own longevity… But that is not the subject – live interaction is, and to that end I would like to share a recent experience. Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the…

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