Joints After Midnight & Rants

    • No. Social Terrorists Will Not Win

      A small group of social terrorists have hijacked the rational discourse led by society’s most accomplished, intelligent, and promising organizations. (cross posted from NewCo Shift) Let’s start with this: Google is not a perfect company. It’s easy to cast it as an omniscient and evil villain, the leader of a millennium-spanning illuminati hellbent on world subjugation.

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  • Dear Facebook…Please Give Me Agency Over The Feed

    … it in socio-cultural terms. Oh, and then there’s the whole Fake News, trolling, and abuse problem…which despite its cheapening by our president, is actually a Really, Really Big Deal, and one that threatens Facebook in particular (did you see they’re hiring 3,000 people to address it? Does that scale? Really?!) It’s time for the model to change. And I…

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  • Ads. Grrr.

    … (Cross posted on Medium) I honestly didn’t want to say this, but. I did have other things to do tonight than write about advertising. Again. But g’damn, folks. Can we get our shit together? I know Google thinks it is doing something about it. But that Chrome feature you call ad blocking? Well, OK, there’s some good in it — it even addresses…

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  • Pick Up the Phone and Call.

    … our society adapted to it, optimizing direct, one-to-one communications in real time between a network of engaged colleagues. As a young reporter, and later as an editor and a CEO, my call list was my life. I’d spend hours a day calling sources, collaborators, even employees down the hall — and as a result, we’d Get Shit Done.* Because to Get Shit…

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  • Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back.

    … (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Walking around Disneyland with my daughter the other night, I found myself face to face with one of our country’s most intractable taboos. (Disneyland is still awesome for me, as a kid from 1970s LA. Truly magical.) If you’re an observer of crowds, one of the more prominent features of the Disneyland crowd…

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  • It’s Time For Facebook to Start Making Media

    … to decide). It’s been watched nearly 70 million times on Facebook. In one day. Did you read that right? Yep. 70 million times. In one day. The video is two minutes long. Scores of “traditional” media outlets have somehow gotten access to the video, chroming it up with their own logos, music, and advertising. But the thing went viral on Facebook…

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  • We Must Fix This Fucking Mess

    … to information upon which our Republic depends? If you’ve read your Hamilton (the book, damnit), you know America is built on the back of brilliant pamphleteers, but damn it, it’s also built on capitalism. And capitalists need a place to speak to the people! Rivington’s newspaper (where Hamilton first published) was called the New York Gazetteer, sure…

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  • Metaservices FTW!

    … Way back when — well, a few years back anyway— I wrote a series of posts around the idea of “metaservices.” As I mused, I engaged in a bit of derision around the current state (at that point) of the mobile ecosystem, calling it “chiclet-ized” — silos of useful data without a true Internet between them. You know, like individually wrapped cubes…

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  • The Waze Effect: Flocking, AI, and Private Regulatory Capture

    … (image) A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were heading across the San Rafael bridge to downtown Oakland for a show at the Fox Theatre. As all Bay area drivers know, there’s a historically awful stretch of Interstate 80 along that route – a permanent traffic sh*t show. I considered taking San Pablo road, a major thoroughfare which parallels…

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  • Mobile Gets a Back Button

    … I just opened an email on my phone. It was from a fellow I don’t know, inviting me to an event I’d never heard of. Intrigued, I clicked on the fellow’s LinkedIn, which was part of his email signature. That link opened the LinkedIn app on my phone. In the fellow’s LI feed was another link, this one to a tweet he had mentioned in his feed…

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  • Dear Microsoft. I Want To Use Office 365. But…

    … Here’s what I encountered when I, as a first time ever user, was directed to a document that lived in Office 365 World: Holy crap, Microsoft! I just wanted to read the document a colleague at another (much larger, older, and traditional) company had sent me. When this happens with Google, well, most of us have a Google account, so the link…

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  • Written First On Medium. Discuss.

    … and the damn-near-perfect yet somewhat-lacking-in-connective-tissue chocolate world of Medium into a Blendtec Stealth and give us that sweet and savory goodness we so badly crave? Pretty please?(6) — – (Thanks to Barcelona for this rant) (1) Yes, we all can pause for the obligatory and derisory images of a dated epoch now muddling through its…

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