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A protest in service of its enemy

“All of you revolutionaries want another master, and you will get one!” Jacques Lacan It’s pretty easy to look at the protests in Turkey, Brazil and even in Iran, Egypt and India and see the dawning of a new day. Peaceful and violent displays of rebellion paint a tense picture of people, displeased with theirContinue Reading

Native Payments: Lowering the barriers of monetizing content

The publishing and advertising industry have hugely elevated the discussion around “native advertising” or “branded content” in the last year. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s essentially moving promotion from banner ads or pre-roll video (increasingly ineffective) to integrating messaging within the regular content readers are used to seeing (vastly more effective, though “morallyContinue Reading

Removing frictions

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Fast identity and the need for repetition

Things move fast – faster then ever before. If you aren’t quick in grabbing something, understanding it and incorporating it you will quickly be either swept away by the tides of information or left ashore. The current of information that flows through our senses is intense, broad, varied and persistent. It forces us, as people,Continue Reading

Life as Transmission

A few weeks ago Wired Magazine launched a 48-hour, crowd-sourced magazine initiative where they invited anyone to submit work focused on its central theme. For this issue of “The Connective” the theme was Mass Transmission, imagining a world with the internet of everything. While I totally didn’t make the cut with my submission, whoa isContinue Reading

The systemic dismantling of what it means to believe

  Have you ever wondered why everything in the world is so damn ironic these days? Psy, Bieber, geo politics, consumerism. Everything today either comes with a self-referential set of ironic functions or starts off with the qualifying statements like “I am not an expert” or “I don’t really know first hand but.” It’s asContinue Reading

Middlemen

The most valuable part of having a large social network (for me at least) isn’t visibility, it’s about reducing middlemen. The internet has destroyed many middlemen, and created countless new ones. I barely use the former, and when I don’t have to I avoid the latter. Examples Classifieds –> Craigslist and eBay Travel Agents –>Continue Reading

What DOVE tells us about how we believe today

            Given that I work in media, marketing and advertising I am usually reluctant to critique my own domain, mostly for the reason that it exposes my own self loathing nature. This week however my social feeds have been littered with friends sharing the latest Dove campaign. This version ofContinue Reading

A less lonely elderly

  How will the internet dramatically change our lives as we march towards old age? It’s been just over a year since I lost my grandmother. She was virtually the only elderly person I’ve ever spent a significant amount of time with. One of the lasting memories I have from the final few months ofContinue Reading

Gross Digital Happiness

Happiness metrics have often been thought of as these things that are lofty or ridiculous or simply idealistic. Maybe they are to some extent. Anything not directly tied to money or some economic growth standard doesn’t seem to merit the weight and attention of the general public. Sadly, psychologists contend that most people don’t thinkContinue Reading