Fifty shades of ignorant: why you cannot control social media

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If you haven’t yet figured out that you cannot control social media, where have you been sleeping for the last ten years? Hey, Fifty Shades publicists, I’m talking to you. Here’s the simple syllogism: Social media is vibrant because anyone can say anything. Haters feed on each other. Therefore, when you create a social media event, it … Continued

Nominations now open for the 2015 Bullshitty Awards

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There is so much bullshit out there. Which of it is the most awful? What bullshit is doing the most harm? It’s time to find out. Today, I begin accepting nominations for the 2015 Bullshitty awards. I will continue to accept nominations from now through August 15. I will announce winners in September. Since I expect you’re all … Continued

Each must make their own decision on the singular “they”

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In English, there are things you can count on . . . like the fact that “they” is plural. Except it isn’t always. Let me see if I can convince you. As my coauthors and I were writing The Mobile Mind Shift, one of them came up with this central definition: A mobile moment is a point … Continued

Liberals and conservatives agree: Jeb Bush is full of bullshit

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Chew on this statement from Jeb Bush, after the Supreme Court upheld gay marriage nationwide: Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. … Continued

Satya Nadella’s mission for Microsoft is an icon of clarity

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Sixteen months ago, Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO. Today he emailed Microsoft’s 100,000 employees about the company’s mission. His email is an icon of clarity, focus, and motivation. Thanks to GeekWire, you can read the whole email. Consult your local analyst for an opinion on whether Microsoft can execute on this vision. But regardless, you could learn … Continued

Trying to rally the troops? Jargon is not the answer.

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If you were a mad scientist working on a formula for overblown, passive, jargon-ridden prose, you’d combine three powerful bullshitogenic ingredients: government, health care, and information technology. Today we’ll hear from someone who did just that, and revealed how a long immersion in bad writing can overwhelm even the most diligent workers. If you’re stuck in a world like this, I’ll … Continued

My Bloomberg interview and media mindsets (podcast)

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I talked to Bloomberg Radio last week, thanks to a great guy, Woody Benson, who has a regular spot there. This was fun. I think radio is not necessarily ready for this level of honesty. This was fun, but the most interesting thing is the unspoken bias of where they’re coming from. At about 5:40 in … Continued