In the end, one powerful way to deal with a bully is to shut down his ability to get under your skin. After the election, while listening to former Fox News personality, Megyn Kelly talk to PBS’s Fresh Air host, … Continue reading Daily Random Sh*t: Hurt Him Where He’s Most Vulnerable #BlockTrump
Daily Random Shit for 2016-04-01: Fan Shaming Be Damned A female friend posted this article, saying that most of her male friends aren’t even into sports… That popped a balloon for me… My response: Stereotypes be damned, shaming someone … Continue reading Fan Shaming Be Damned
Daily Random Sh*t for 2016-03-24 The stupid hurts. I think I’ll confront a random Catholic about the inquisition, a random German about World War II, a random Afrikaans about Apartheid, a random Japanese person about the Rape of Nanking, and … Continue reading Blame Fail
Daily Random Shit for 2016-02-07: Presidential Compassion & The Story We Tell Ourselves I’ve seen this photo in my Facebook feed over the years, posted as example of how George W was a much more compassionate man than the much hated current president. Whether Mr. Bush, Jr. is a compassionate man, I have no real way of knowing. But I do wonder if the gesture of hugging soldiers either returning from service or going to serve (the photo doesn’t say) somehow counters the fact that this man sent these soldiers to serve and possibly die in two wars based on … Continue reading Presidential Compassion & The Story We Tell Ourselves
I felt prompted to post the following comment on the website of one of my favorite daily podcasts, The Morning Stream (episode 777), after the hosts discussed the controversy after friend of the show, Curt Schilling, took a hard approaching to dealing with threatening comments made by online trolls directed at Schilling and his daughter (CNN 2015): When one thinks about punishing the trolls for their bad behavior, I completely understand the frustration with thinking that there’s really no point of engaging the battle because it won’t change the trolls behavior and because it’s a game of whack-a-mole with dozens … Continue reading Curt Schilling & Whether to Fight with Internet Trolls
Hey Online Friends, I’m doing an informal survey about where we’re getting our news these days. I’m looking at re-engaging my former journalism-ways, but want to take the pulse of my social network friends on where you get your news. Thanks … Continue reading Where Do You Get Your News?
So what happens when our access to social networks only brings home how disconnected some of us are? We have lots of “friends,” but like the girl in the trailer, we always just manage to not be in the same … Continue reading Video Mondays: FOMO – A Social Networking Horror Story
It may just be nostalgia, but when I think about how I stay informed I always go back to memories of my dad reading the LA Times in the morning and watching TV news in the evening and that being … Continue reading Too Much Information: A More Productive Model than Getting Info via the Fire-hose that is RSS
Back from California, I had a great brief visit with family after a wonderful return to Macworld. During my family stay I spent some time doing the tech-support thing and got some work done bouncing between whatever computer I was working on, my MacBook air, iPad and iPhone. My niece exclaimed at one point, “how many computers do you have?!” I just smiled.
One thought that lingers came from a heated conversation that I had with one brother-in-law about the anti-SOPA movement. If the conversation is any indication of what the masses feel about what happened with the anti-SOPA movement that the message is getting really mangled out there.
I just had a chat with Karl Peterson, current month 12 student, he called to share that he’d met a professor, Jim Groom, at the University of Mary Washington who’s doing a course on Digital Storytelling as an open … Continue reading There are more of us out there than you think
An open letter to my emdt co-workers, co-conspirators & creativity enablers, On one level or another I’ve been teaching communication and writing since I took my first teaching assignment 15-years ago. One thing that I learned right away was that … Continue reading freedom to screw up required if one wants perfection: emdt students reflect on blogging
One of my students recently read an article in the New York Times about how Twitter was killing the art of real conversation because twitter-ers were breaking the first rule of conversation by not really listening and only waiting for their opportunity to jump in. Then my student questioned how social media and Twitter might help or hurt the educational “conversation. Needless to say, I could hardly wait to add my two-cent to the conversation:
One of the problems with Web 2.0 stuff is that its use often defies the structures previously understood. What is twitter? In a linear world of meetings and memos, Twitter makes no sense. In a world of direct emails and broadcast media Twitter makes no sense.