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What a Social Media World Leaves Behind

There is a man – I don’t know his name – that comes to our local Starbucks every morning, pushing his walker with the tennis ball feet and flashing a gorgeous toothless smile. He orders coffee. He finds a table … Continue reading

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Being Connected Isn’t the Same as Being Social

I’m connected to my extended family – cousins, an uncle and assorted other relatives beyond my immediate biological circle. I know some of them. Others I couldn’t pick out of a crowd. Nevertheless, we are connected. But we are not … Continue reading

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Brands Should Be Social, But That Doesn’t Make Them Your “Friends”

I have a friend who sells insurance. The problem is I never know when he is my friend or when he is an insurance salesman – he says he wants to be both, but I know deep down that what … Continue reading

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Introducing “PEARL” – A Tool for Determining What People Will Pay for Online News

The easy answer to how much consumers will pay for online news – if there is such a thing as an easy answer – is “they’ll pay what it’s worth.” Of course that’s’ the problem: In a world where free … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Distance: How to Get Grounded in Social Media

We are wired to learn more. From pre-school to grad school, we are trained to reach higher, dig deeper and get smarter and smarter until we become experts in our fields. We are told that the journey is one of … Continue reading

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Blogging and the Memory Preservation Society

The key to popularity in our digital world is being in the know. Whoever has information first is revered and re-tweeted; they are the thought leaders turned newsmakers and armchair analysts. Being in the know is better than being in … Continue reading

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Implementers and Instigators: What kind of PR person are you?

There are two kinds of PR people: Implementers and Instigators. Implementers don’t go gently into the new. They practice a policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — if the client’s don’t ask, then there’s no need to tell. The problem … Continue reading

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Murdoch, The Daily, and Journalism as Art

“I do certainly see the day when more people will be buying their newspapers on portable reading panels than on crushed trees. Then we’re going to have no paper, no printing plants, no unions. It’s going to be great.” — … Continue reading

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Rock stars, the Kinks, and Social Media

Steven Tyler, despite the painfully obvious plastic surgery and creepy old guy infatuation with young female American idol contestants, is a rock star. Bono is a rock star. Bruuuuce Springsteen is a rock star. Lady Gaga and Kanye West are … Continue reading

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