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If a tree falls in the forest, and it’s not on Twitter…

November 11th, 2016

The importance of Twitter as measure of informational value.
I woke up this morning reflecting on a lunch with colleagues, where the topic of some heated discussion was the philosophical and functional differences between Twitter and Facebook. I proposed my well-worn notion that Facebook is a social network, whereas Twitter is an information network. “I hear you, I just don’t understand you,” came the slightly agitated response.

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TV is dead! Long live TV!

November 5th, 2016

Maybe it’s time to celebrate the death of the old so we can herald the birth of the new.
I was at a friend’s home for dinner last night and afterwards, he and I were engaged in some lively conversation. His tweenage daughter was in the ajoining room, and I was aware that she was being (what I considered to be) uncharacteristically considerate for someone her age, because even though their TV is a big, wall-mounted model, it was not at a volume that was in anyway disturbing our conversation.

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Do we live in an autocracy of ideas?

October 14th, 2016

Does the insatiable appetite of innovation enslave those who might be satisfied with the status quo?
It occurred to me this morning, whilst simultaneously pedaling on my indoor trainer, listening to NPR news via web-radio and catching up on my email and Twitter stream on my iPhone, that perhaps there is a world out there that is not so hell-bent on the constant and ever-increasing pace of change we are currently experiencing.

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The trouble with the future is the past.

September 15th, 2016

That which is most likely to hold you back today and tomorrow is yesterday.
When you are in the change business, you quickly learn that your best friend and worst enemy is the past. Best friend because it informs you, thus preventing you from fulfilling Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity. Best friend because it excites you, thus providing the impetus to move forward rather than remain stagnant. Best friend because it reassures you, providing a comforting albeit false sense of security that your now-proven ability to survive yesterday is some sort of indicator that the same will continue to be true, provided you repeat that general set of actions. But the question you should be asking is not what’s right about something, but rather what’s wrong. And it is in the answering of that question whence came the realization that the past is something we could all do without.

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