Media and Storytelling

Take a Message – Too Much Of A Good Thing

December 16, 2011

Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify.  Because the players are always changing – or the team can move to another city, you’re actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it.  You know what I mean, you are standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to […]

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Seeing Is (no longer) Believing

November 29, 2011

A photo used to be a surrogate for reality. But screwing around with photos and distributing them widely has become so prevalent, companies have sprung up to do photo forensics – they help differentiate between an undoctored image and a manipulation. And I am not talking about the doctoring that goes on inside your point and shoot or camera […]

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In The Gallery – or not

November 14, 2011

And then you get an artist says he doesn’t want to paint at all He takes an empty canvas and sticks it on the wall                                                             […]

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Oyez, Oyez, Oyez

November 10, 2011

The town criers of the middle ages were the mass communication devices of their day. They provided the only means for common folk to access official news and information. It worked like this.  An officer of the court walked through his medieval town, or stood on a castle watchtower, rang a bell, and bellowed Oyez (Hear Ye), Oyez, […]

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The Internet of Things

November 1, 2011

When the stream of media forming our consciousness is indistinguishable from the stream of consciousness forming our most enlightened media we will have arrived at a distinctly new place in human evolution.                                                 […]

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A Day of Ideas is a Beautiful Day

October 16, 2011

Sandwiched between Social Media Week Chicago and the Chicago Humanities Festival is a brand new meme-maker. Not simply a day of ideas – but an entire week devoted to sharing, inspiring and networking. This new spectacular undertaking – Chicago Ideas Week – comes complete with its own TEDx Festival. Hundreds of formal face-to-face talks – thousands of informal […]

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Happy Anniversary!

October 7, 2011

Viewser has been published for one year now. The celebration was a bit subdued on my anniversary day. I was hacked. I know this could, and does happen to everyone. Even to those in super secure installations. Today it was reported that the US military’s fleet of top secret drone aircraft has been compromised and […]

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Guns Don’t Kill People?

September 15, 2011

If my son plays games on a big screen these days – they are multiplayer, graphically realistic, highly submersive role-plays.  His favorite is COD – Call of Duty, a military shoot ‘em up mission oriented game.  I shudder to think at how many people he has off’ed via this game and how many times he […]

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Writing About This Rather Than That (9/11)

September 11, 2011

I have an idea for a 9/11 essay, but will wait until after the event to write it. In the media ramp-up to the anniversary, I am on 9/11 overload. Perhaps not as much as my NYC brothers and sisters, or the survivors, or the families of the victims or other WTC alumni. The mixture of […]

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