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Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: A Panel on the Interplay of Food, Culture and Community

What brings people together better than food and conversation? On Sunday, October 2, a panel on the interplay of food, culture and community was held by The University of Washington, Communication Leadership program, through the lens of its Associate Director Anita Verna Croft’s debut book: Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere. Show More Summary

Silicon Valley has our backs

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

The new road to serfdom — actually, it’s more like a hyperloop — runs right through Silicon Valley. From Tad Friend’s funny-scary profile of Y Combinator president Sam Altman: The immediate challenge is that computers could put most of us out of work. Altman’s fix is YC Research’s Basic Income project, a five-year study, scheduled […]

Terms of endearment, computer-generated

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

“As for living,” wrote the French symbolist Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam in his 1890 play Axël, “our servants will do that for us.” Silicon Valley seems intent on giving the infamous remark a new, digital spin: “As for living, our computers will do that for us.” The latest evidence is Allo, the new Google messaging […]

Those without substance suffer no wounds

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

An excerpt from “The Snapchat Candidate,” in Utopia Is Creepy: Twice before in the last hundred years a new medium has transformed elections. In the 1920s, radio disembodied candidates, reducing them to voices. It also made national campaigns much more intimate. Politicians, used to bellowing at fairgrounds and train depots, found themselves talking to families […]

Brands Need to Be Able to Fail — but Not Screw Up the Customer Experience

last monthMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

I’m in Chicago for LSA’s Place Conference. I’m staying at an Embassy Suites downtown (Magnificent Mile location) a few blocks from the venue. But before I ever checked in Hilton blew it; they had a chance to create a great user experience but got it wrong. Here’s what happened — it’s classic corporate ineptitude: I […]

How to think critically in the digital age, as told by a neuroscientist

Featured Image: penso positivo (i think positive) by Luca Ribichini, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Why shouldn’t we believe a credible looking fact or story? If it’s on the news, or our science-savvy aunt posted it, then it should be true, right? The answer is…not always. Show More Summary

Facebook is not a media company

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

“We are a tech company, not a media company,” said Mark Zuckerberg in Rome on August 29, shortly after presenting the Pope with a toy drone. And Zuckerberg — l never thought I’d write this sentence — was right. Media companies saw it differently. They responded to the Facebook CEO’s remark with a collective, peeved guffaw. At best Zuckerberg was […]

White Ocean Riot

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Everything had been going swimmingly at this year’s Burning Man, the annual tech-centric desert festival devoted to “decommodification” and “radical self-reliance,” reports social media specialist Becky Wicks in a GQ piece: I turned my head up to the giant shrimp rotating on the ceiling, and realised the end of it had been cleverly moulded into the shaft […]

The unbitten Apple

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Apple’s logo remains one of the great business marks: simple, eloquent, indelible. But, more and more, the stylized apple with the bite missing is looking like an anachronism. The colors went long ago, of course, those happy rainbowShow More Summary

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