Category Archives: the media

OK, let’s get real… are you Amy Lyden, Alana Jones, or Hettie Armistead?

Here’s an interesting scam. I get this letter: Ztoryteller LLC Apex Hill Inc. Apex Hill, Nunavut, Canada Friday 13th of July 2012 To whom it may concern, My name is Ms. Hettie Armistead and I am the secretary of Ms. Leonore Wojak, the owner of a group of companies including Apex Hill Inc.. Our company…

Google’s branding clinic: 3 reasons why its new Chrome spot works

The web is … well, that’s obvious, isn’t it? The web is what you make of it. It’s amazingly informative and blazingly deceptive. And increasingly, it’s video. Which is the point of Google’s new spot. Why does Google hope to build its brand — and its YouTube viewership, Chrome browser usage, and search engine business…

What kinds of video are people watching at work?

According to research reported by Wistia, 64% of Americans admit to watching video on their mobile devices at work. 53% are men and 34% of women. Hmmm…. that only makes 87%. Not sure what sex the other 13% are! 37% don’t care if they’re caught… the others watch on the QT. Here’s what they say…

The debt ceiling test: communicate or fail?

Like many Americans who worry about the future and wonder about the best policy to pursue, I watched the President’s speech Sunday night, and Rep. Boehner’s immediate response afterward. They offer a sobering lesson on how ineffective the use of video be when we care about our message the most. Don’t let the high stakes…

The power and permanence of video

I’m going to borrow from this week’s emergencies to demonstrate that video is very useful in establishing an authentic narrative. Or distorting it. In the first example, we have a mashup of senatorial comments on the “safety” of nuclear power… something a lot of Japanese people, who rely on it for 40% of their electricity,…

How amazing it is, when a People speak

I take a break from commenting on the business of communication to reflect on the real power of communication as we all watched it unfold in Egypt. That power is, of course, the will of human beings. It’s a beautiful thing to see people stand up against despotism. Our own revolution started that way, and…

NBC censors its past

Just a few days ago I posted a humorous glimpse of Today Show history. Now we find out that NBC has fired the employee responsible for uploading the piece, and has been removing them from the Internet as fast as they can. Here’s an article about the matter. Come now, NBC. Don’t you have more…

Ancient Wonder, Modern Mystery

That’s the name of a multimedia presentation I wrote long ago, about the Great Pyramid and Egypt. It has new meaning for me tonight, as we all look on, wondering what is happening in Egypt. Mubarak on one hand, and the peoples of Egypt on the other … what will happen is still wrapped in…

What is the Internet?

Having trouble remembering 1994? If you’re not a GenY, get ready to laugh at yourself: