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What Little Kids Are Made Of

I saw with my own two eyes the difference between little boys and little girls. Continue reading

Journalist: What’s In A Name?

As the media world evolved, from general news to niche content, from devoted audience to audience fragmentation, so has what it means to be a journalist. Continue reading

Down South In New Orleans

I was in New Orleans for Digiday’s Programmatic Summit. But when the panel discussions were over and the networking moved from the formal setting of the Ritz-Carlton to the informal backdrop of the Crescent City, I got to explore a slice of the city beyond the tourist trap of Bourbon Street. Continue reading

The Fast-Talking Year of 1989

In the last year of the penultimate decade of the 20th century, fast talking and singing gripped the nation. Continue reading

Digital Advertising’s Repeat Problem

Digital advertising has a repetitive problem. Or, more accurately, its problem is that it lacks repetitiveness. Continue reading

Two Important Digital Videos

Two digital videos, one by Dylan, the other by GoldieBlox, broke down norms — of both medium and message. Continue reading

10 Years, But Who’s Counting?

Ten years ago today I met my wife. Kinda. Continue reading

Stupid Thoughts: Charging for Email

Throughout our communications history, we’ve been charged for sending information. Yet with email, we aren’t. Why? Continue reading

Loose Thoughts On Higher Ed

College is not a pathway to jobs or to riches. It’s a place where young people — not quite kids any more, and not quite yet adults — go to learn, and not just within the four walls of a classroom. Continue reading

Twitter vs Google

If there were a global thermonuclear war between Google (and all its services) and Twitter, and only one survived, which would you rather see? In other words, if you had to choose one to give up, which would you choose? I posted this question on Tumblr and Twitter last night, and here are the results: Continue reading

5 Underreported Stories of 2011

As we ring in 2012 and close the books on 2011, we take a look back and assess stories that had major impact on our society. Current.com asked me to put together what I thought were some of the stories that flew under the radar. Continue reading

Community Management and Tumblr

Last week, I wrote at Digiday how the symbiotic relationship between Tumblr and big-brand media properties has contributed to the growth of the site. Here’s a second part to that story – how the community manager’s role has also contributed to the growth of Tumblr, and why their approach is significantly different than other social networks. Continue reading

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about the often misguided approach from technology startups and their quest for media placements for Digiday, an online publication for the digital audience – those who work in digital media, advertising or marketing. Based on my experience representing many tech companies, and getting anecdotal evidence from tech reporters … Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street and Narratives

Since the first residents descended upon Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement has grown from a few hundred supporters in this tiny enclave to an international discussion. With thousands of people in cities across the globe – from New York to London to Sydney to Rome – announcing their support for economic parity, it’s not all surprising several narratives have emerged. Continue reading

What Happened To The Media

Over the past 48 hours, there have been two major press conferences from two different universes that, at the root, are about the same thing: sexual misconduct. We see two different worlds – politics and sports – enmeshed in sexual assault allegations and a press corps that seems to be crossing lines from professional journalists to everyday consumer. Continue reading


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