How to disagree with people

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People on Facebook are beastly to each other. It’s gotten worse since Ferguson, Charleston, and the recent Supreme Court decisions. I’m sick of it. I’d like to propose a way to fix it. I fiercely criticize things on this blog and I will not stop. But starting now, I vow to criticize writings and ideas, not … Continued

How to start a blog post: Can you intrigue me in 50 words?

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I’ve run a little experiment on this blog in the last three months. I’ve attempted to start every post with around 50 words that would draw you in. It’s working. In my view the title and first few sentences of a blog post should: Intrigue the reader. Promise what’s coming, accurately. Incorporate a clever or counterintuitive … Continued

Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and the art of saying nothing

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Is there any point in giving an interview and not saying anything? Politicians and executives do this all the time. It means things are going poorly but there is no plan to fix them. Ask Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino. Despite their massive payroll, the Red Sox are in last place for the third … Continued

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