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Being there

6 days agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

I have an essay, “The World Beyond the Screen,” in the catalog for the current exhibition Being There at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The essay begins: The paradox of modern media is that in opening the world to us, it removes us from the world. To enjoy the informational and recreational […]

How smartphones hijack our minds

So you bought that new iPhone. If you’re like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. Your new phone, like your old one, will become […]

Authority Websites: Show AND Tell

It’s not enough just to have a website, or even to have an attractive website full of useful content. In order to succeed as the go-to person in your niche, you need to communicate your authority with your website You need to communicate your authority through your design, your layout and your content. Show More Summary

Most Analyst Forecasts Are Wrong: The iPhone 8 Edition

2 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

Here were some of the headlines, based on financial analyst “checks” and third party data, that came out ahead of Apple’s earnings this week: ‘Anemic’ iPhone 8 demand drags Apple shares lower U.S. buyers favor iPhone 7 over 8: research Don’t Ignore Signs of Tepid iPhone Demand These gloom and doom stories were picked up […]

How to Think About Four Different Types of Social Channels

There are four kinds of social channel communication in a model used by influence marketing superstar Matt Broberg. Matt shared this model in a recent interview on the excellent Influence Marketing Council podcast. I think this is a great model to help guide and deepen our thinking about community, marketing, and communication. Each category of […]

Will disinformation rock the world forever?

The future of information, misinformation, and public discourse is called “an arms race,” a very dismal situation – and offering some reasons for hope, in the latest Pew mega-analysis of an important trend on the internet. Titled “The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online,” this massive survey of more than 1000 technology industry experts is […]

SSCC (Stop Start Continue Change) and a daily activity log

“Captain’s log, stardate…” Can you picture Captain Kirk dictating his captain’s logs on the Enterprise? I sure can. I’m the captain of my own life and career, and while the wind and seas are often stormy, I’m having a great time exploring. For the past few years, off and on, I’ve been keeping a short […]

The power, beauty, and opportunity of social media, from 30 different angles

These are my thoughts, short summaries of different ways I’ve been talking about the use of social media with the companies I’ve been meeting with, articulated in some specific facets. perhaps they’ll inspire thoughts about your relationship to social media, personally and for business. Click to view full size. I’m writing on paper now my personal […]

Influencer marketing can drive decisions or it can create context

It’s October 16th, 2017 and I’ve fallen deep into a blogging hole.  After ten years of creating tons of opportunities by blogging – I have no excuse not to write up a quick post about the things on my mind more or less every day.  So I’m going to do that for the next 30 […]

Getting Started Vlogging Using Your Smartphone

Vlogging can be challenging, scary, technical, but it doesn’t need to be. More people are starting to create video using just their smartphones. Let’s take a look! Yes, despite my shyness and allergy to being on camera, I am vlogging. Show More Summary

iPhone: designed for misuse?

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Last Friday, New Yorker editor David Remnick interviewed Apple design chief Jony Ive. Midway through the conversation came an interesting (and widely reported) exchange in which Ive expressed some regret about people’s use of his most celebrated creation, the iPhone: Remnick: There’s a ubiquity about the iPhone and its imitators. And I wonder, when you’re […]

Apples and atoms

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

The long conversation in the New York Review between Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks is bearing fruit: Manzotti: The view that only the smallest constituents, atoms, are “real” is called smallism in science, or nihilism in philosophy, and it clashes with everyday experience and common sense in the most blatant way. As Democritus suggests, it’s self-defeating because it […]

We get the robots we deserve

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

This essay appeared originally, in a slightly shorter form, in the New York Times. “Your domestic problems are completely solved.” So says a robotics technician to a grateful housewife in “Leave It to Roll-Oh,” a promotional film produced by the Chevrolet Motor Company for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The titular star of the […]

What they have wrought

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Paul Lewis has an excellent and ominous article in this weekend’s Guardian about the misgivings some prominent Silicon Valley inventors are feeling over what they’ve created. Alumni from Google, Twitter, and Facebook worry that the products they helped design and market are having dire side effects, creating a society of compulsive, easily manipulated screen junkies. Lewis […]

“How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds”: sources

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

I draw on several studies in my Wall Street Journal essay “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds.” Here are citations and links for anyone who would like to delve more deeply into the subject. Three articles written or cowritten by Adrian Ward, formerly at the University of Colorado at Boulder and now at the University of […]

The amazing, mind-eating smartphone

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

In “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds,” an essay in the Weekend Review section of the Wall Street Journal, I examine recent research into the ways smartphones influence our cognition and perception — even when we’re not using the devices. Here’s a taste: Scientists have long known that the brain is a monitoring system as well as […]

Mattel and Google: a double standard for AI toys?

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Mattel yesterday pulled the plug on Aristotle, a planned smart-speaker-cum-baby-monitor developed by the company’s Nabi unit. The product had generated controversy since it was announced in January, with lawmakers, pediatricians, and child advocates raising concerns about how the device would collect data on and influence the behavior of children. Show More Summary

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