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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Potential of the Field

October 21, 2011

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls…                                                    … Paul Simon  –  The Sounds of Silence  The genius of synching the twin attributes of captive and bored […]

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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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Steve Jobs: Healthcare Revolutionary?

August 29, 2011

He killed the audio CD but resurrected the music industry. Forever changed the way we look at pictures and videos of your summer vacation or watch summer blockbusters. Turned your hand-held into a portal to the world wide web. Historians will long debate the role Steve Jobs and his company played shifting paradigms in all […]

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Hijacking Your Filter Bubble

August 12, 2011

Search engines are not encyclopedias. They are not reference desks at libraries. They don’t give you the right answer.  They give you an answer. And the answer they give you is not the same answer they give me. The same query produces different results for different people, intentionally. Companies from Google to Facebook to AOL […]

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