Language Powers Digital

What comes first? Once was digital. Then gamification. Now mobile. Maybe next wearable. But what does any of that really mean? Is not the ultimate use of any of the above based on ideas? And aren’t ideas based on people’s vision for creating something new? And, at the end of the day will it not…

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Not Digital…Not Mobile…People First!

Is there a difference between Disruption and Transformation? Between shaking up a business sector (I’d say “business model,” but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society? Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people’s lives for the good? For example…we talk about Uber disrupting the “Get a Taxi” model –…

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Lebron, Brazil, and Legacy

Do you want to be remembered? Remember Hickory in the opening sequence of the legendary Wizard of Oz movie: “Someday they’re going to erect a statue to me in this town.” Legacy is a word you hear a lot…from parents and grandparents and great-grandparents (so many more of those in our time). Legacy is a…

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Meet My Son, Megatron

Digibabble… My readers know that phrase…and my intense disdain for those who use the word digital or mobile or social, ascribing to them powers, attributes and meaning that are in fact pure crap. Truth is that the worst offenders are those looking for support for BIG new ideas – having “created what humankind has never…

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Have We Forgotten How to Remember?

What are we without our memories? Our unique human memories…. True…all living things have some sort of hard-coded memory mechanism…default…reflex…evolution imprinter…survival code…. And, I believe, that higher order life also possesses emotional memory – often deep and moving and touchingly understandable by us…. But I would like to believe…that beyond thumbs and online shopping…what makes…

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Post-Automation…What Does Poor Mean?

The rich get richer and the poor get bigger televisions. In a recent article in The New York Times, “Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind,” the following question was asked: “Is a family with a car in the driveway, a flat-screen television and a computer with an Internet connection poor?” As…

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LEGO…Putting the Pieces Together

Have you seen The Lego Movie? Chances are – almost wherever you live in the world – if you have kids, you saw it – or will. The Lego Movie – a 90-minute, unabashedly unself-conscious “serious” movie that all ages seem to enjoy – Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96%! — “Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute…

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Beware of Geeks…

The Iliad and The Odyssey. Recently I was asked what young creative types should study in order to be successful in today’s digital-centric world. Other panelists suggested that they concentrate on “digitally interactive experiential snackable content development linked to social network interaction…” you get the Digibabble point. My answer was read The Iliad and The…

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I Had a Dream

I HAD A DREAM… And then I woke up… Saw the news… Terrorism; hatred; violence… So called “militants” who are really just criminals; so called “militants” who are really just terrorists; so called freedom fighters who don’t really believe in freedom; rights advocates who believe only in their own rights; God being used by many…

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Temptation in the Big Apple

The temptation was too great… The need…the need…what can I say? I did it!!!!! YES!!!!!! I can’t hide from it…. I went into a bookstore and bought books. There…it’s out – WHEW – I’m feeling better already. Brick and mortar. No digital full-immersion experiences. No clicks; swipes; tweets or posts. Just people and books –…

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Digital Natives

Digital Natives. No doubt you have heard the term. I kind of imagine pixelated caricatures dressed in feathers and palm fronds – who were downloaded rather than born and who were recharged rather than nursed. Or worse, the Natives, as seen in Gangs of New York, and we know what they did to the immigrants…….

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History is Written by the Victors

“History is written by the victors” – so said Winston Churchill. And interestingly, wag that he often was, Churchill always said that he would write it – and indeed he did. Truth is I use to believe that too. But in our day the lines are getting blurred and history is constantly being re-written; re-interpreted…

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I decided to wait

I decided to wait.
Despite the enticement and seduction – I decided to wait.
So…although I had planned to review the IPad this week – and despite my having tried one (it is cool…), I’m waiting for round two before I plunge in – review to follow.

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Telescopes

Everything will be digital – nothing else will exist. Books will vanish. Newspapers and magazines will fade away. Brick and mortar stores will become extinct. Packaging will be virtual. Art will be projected, broadcast or streamed. Concert venues, movie theaters and sports arenas will be a relic of the past. And, advertising will die out.

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Magic

Magic. You know…the old fashioned Abracadabra; Shazzam; Riddikulus…wand waving; wizardly-type magic. And no, despite the big global news about Harry Potter, he is not the subject of this note – but he will be as soon as I finish the book…

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20/20 Vision

We are once again in an internet swirl. The current is pulling strongly towards… who knows where? It feels like Ulysses facing the Chimera or maybe the Sirens. Einstein and Hitchcock have weighed in – see the last two weeks of memos – now let’s hear from Brazil.

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