If Luther Had Twitter

There was a time when the word “viral” meant the plot of a new novel by Michael Crichton revolving around some weird, rapidly spreading disease that threatens the very existence of our world. Then the Internet arrived and “viral” took on a new connotation. No need to go into detail but we all remember the…

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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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Resolved: Social Networks Should Fight Terrorism…Or Not…

“Goodwill towards all men”…in the nonsexist, nongender-specific and gluten-free way…before the knee-jerkers call me out for not being PC… “Goodwill” seems to be a reasonable wish and an admirable goal for all of humankind…no? That will be my only point – the rest I leave up to you, dear reader. Here is the question, the…

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When Social Kills

EBOLA. I read, listen to and watch the news in a sort of out-of-body state…. Didn’t I see this movie? I’m sure I read the book. This can’t be for real. The virus is spreading…across Africa…and there are infected individuals in the US as well…. This is the stuff of novels…nightmares…and sadly, of panic…and panic…

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Don’t Lose the Moment for the Shot

I love taking pictures. In fact, I have been a photography junkie since I had my first Kodak Brownie back in the last century. I learned how to develop and print – a lost art…. I graduated from camera to camera until I had a full SLR system with a variety of lenses and accoutrements….

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Ice Water Optional…Click & Shout

I poured a bucket of ice-cold/ice-cube-filled water over my head and posted the video to Facebook. So did more than a million other people. No…this wasn’t for #dumbestthingspeopledo…although some might debate that…more on that in a minute. I did it because the idea was to raise awareness – and hence money (DUH!) – for research…

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When Will They Ever Learn…

Have you ever heard of Arthur…Artie Moore? Today – he would be the top social blogger of our time…bar none. In the early 1900s he was an amateur wireless operator – with a homemade receiver and transmitter – living in Wales. Wireless – by the way – being “telegraph” in those days. In 1911 he…

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Total Recall 2014

Help me understand this. BIG DATA is the business buzzword for the accumulation of massive amounts of bits and bytes that are meant to transform enterprises through unprecedented access to intelligence. Problem is that intelligence cuts two ways – one passive, the other active. The passive side of intelligence is in fact BIG DATA –…

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Slacktivists, Clicktivists, and Activists

It was an evil theme park from a bad movie. You know…the kind where the people all look cheerful and the colors are bright and the music is happy, but lurking just below the surface, hiding just beyond sight is the monster that will tear everyone to shreds. Liken it to an old Hollywood back-lot…

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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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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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The Oscars – Social Heritage

Did you watch the live broadcast, through any source, of the Academy Awards, known more popularly as the Oscars? Did you watch it time delayed – depending on where you live? Or perhaps just follow it through various postings across a host of channels? Or maybe even just discuss it with a friend to share…

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With Internet Blocked…

With Internet Blocked, Protesters Are Still Able to Mobilize…. So reads a news headline from The New York Times on Saturday, June 4, 2011. The Italics are mine… The reference is to Syria and the ongoing repression by that brutal regime. But this is not about politics – it’s about human behavior and the almost…

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The Exponential Power

The exponential power of our Human social DNA multiplied by the ever-growing enablement of digital channels and new social/sharing applications is almost beyond comprehension. Old news… We all get that. And while we all use the channels for personal communications, we all struggle with how to use them commercially. Truth is – as I have…

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Who hasn’t?

Who hasn’t had the community discussion with a client or a friend? You know which one I mean – “let’s build a community.” A community of users…of whatever… A community of deodorant rejecters… A community of activists…of just about anything… A community of people who are community members…. No s—t, I have heard all of…

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