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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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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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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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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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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Is Netflix the Amazon of Entertainment?

What do Amazon and Netflix have in common besides highly valued, or overvalued, stock prices, depending on your view? Most people answer that they are both Digital Disrupters kicking the old-fashioned, asleep-at-the-wheel, traditional competitors in the teeth or ass…as the case may be. And there is certainly plenty of Digibabble support for that particular POV….

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What Happens When Life Imitating Art Imitates Bad TV?

Life imitates what???? There was a time in history (some would argue still today…) that rulers of countries, and people of great wealth and power, commissioned portraits, ballads and stories about themselves that had no bearing whatsoever on reality. The practice can be traced way back to antiquity, when even the pharaohs were prone to…

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Downton Abbey Inspires an App?

How do I begin 2016? Big Data? Drones? IOT? Need it now? More mobile? Post-digital? Pre-apocalypse? More on Star Wars and Adele? Nah… Instead I opted for a great story. One that encompasses everything that I love and admire about the age we live in and an age that is past. 2016 begins the sixth…

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At the end of the day…

To all my dear readers… Forgive me for eschewing my usual soapbox on Digibbable, Business Ethics and Management Motivation. But the season always talks to me…. And, I am always conscious of this season and the varied customs and practices of all of you. Yet, when it comes to wishing others Goodwill, even Political Correctness…

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Adele Breaks Records and Rules…

I had planned to write about the results of Black Friday and Darkening Thursday but decided to wait until the full picture was clear after Cyber Monday, when I can tally those outcomes with the data from what now seems to be Good Deal September and Bargain Basement October. There is a lot to ponder…

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When is Digital Marketing Really Digital Marketing…a Lesson in Customer Centricity

Last year PepsiCo’s Lay’s brand launched an interesting promotion in New York City. Over the course of two days, consumers logging into UberRUSH – Uber’s courier service – could enter a special code provided by Lay’s, and in return have delivered, free, a picnic basket of sandwiches, water, fruit and, of course, bags of flavored…

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Disney on VICE

I’d like to share a news story. New York Post Adweek An important news story from the US that will soon affect the world…in fact, already does…. Hailed by the media, analysts and assorted expert pundits…yet is a powerfully explosive proof point of the way Digibabble limits our thinking and clouds our reasoning. News that…

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Imagine if Cecil Were a Human

We don’t have to imagine, the proof is pretty clear…. “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight…wimoweh…wimoweh…AHHHH EEEE OOOOO…” How I loved that song growing up… I learned it from listening to famous folk singer Pete Seeger and was taught that it was a traditional Zulu chant that referred to the nascent…

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Learning How to Use an iEgg

A short summer ramble… More of a share of a great article really…but I’d be remiss not to comment – at least a little… Question… Have you ever heard of an iDiophone? Hint – it’s an incredible musical device…fills in spaces and gaps in music…fully self-contained…many are beautifully and ergonomically designed…mobile…easy to use…intuitive… Clearly an…

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What We Can Learn from 3-Year-Olds

A Ramble for a Summer Sunday… We just came back from our granddaughter’s third birthday party – and what a party it was! Bouncing castle, trampoline, merry-go-round, face painting, or in my case bicep – hey! I’m in touch with my inner pirate fantasy – balloon sculpture and general running-around-the-lawn fun. Healthy snacks, lots of…

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What Do Gawker and The New York Times Have in Common?

Digital is everything…but not everything is digital… My readers know my mantra and are familiar with all my varied and growing proof points from The New York Times…even the printed edition comes from a digital source…to Warby Parker opening stores in highly trafficked retail locations…because the live experience of trying on glasses with friends in…

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Apple….Phones; Watches and Now Radio…

Adam took a bite of the Apple and lost paradise… Some would say we take a bite of Apple and find it…. I’d say it’s closer to the Genesis narrative – we take a bite and our eyes are open – we realize what could/should be…. Couldn’t resist the Biblical reference as Apple has once…

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I’m Buying a Wristable

Once again Apple has confounded the digibabblists, perplexed their competitors, baffled the analysts, and in general annoyed and irritated all the self-proclaimed digital-first…or is it mobile-first?…or perhaps our proclamation of the day should be wearable-first…experts, pundits and gurus. And, once again, we approach a product and category as if ex nihilo we have created something…

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