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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?

3 months agoMedia / 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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?

3 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

The Acquisition of TaskRabbit and the death of the ‘Gig Economy’

4 months agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

A number of people sent me articles this last week on TaskRabbit being acquired by Ikea. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed; its investors are likely to be both relieved and disappointed. This is almost identical to HomeDepot acquiring Redbeacon. RedBeacon was dying under HomeDepot but has now been reinvented as Pro Referral, […]

The word is flat

4 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Declaims Crispin Sartwell in a curious column in today’s Wall Street Journal: Leaving aside quality, people have never written or read more, or even nearly as much, as they do now. This is the golden age of the written word. Leaving aside quality, every age is a golden age.

The Prime Time Internet

4 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

When television emerged as a fledgling medium in the middle years of the last century, it already had, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, the Communications Act of 1934, and various other laws and precedents, a framework for regulating its content. The formal restrictions on the broadcasting of obscene, indecent, profane, prurient, and […]

A Tribute to Flip the Media

It's time to declare we've reached journey's end with Flip the Media, and create new pathways to provide our community with the essence of what that publication gave us for nearly a decade. The post A Tribute to Flip the Media appeared first on Flip the Media.

The internet as an innocent fraud

4 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

The paperback edition of Utopia Is Creepy is out today, September 12, from W. W. Norton & Company. Collecting seventy-nine of the best posts from Rough Type as well as sixteen essays and reviews I published between 2008 and 2016, the book, says Time, “punches a hole in Silicon Valley cultural hubris.” Here’s an excerpt […]

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