Space Invaders

This post is not about outer space, but it starts there. I recently found myself on Space.com reading about a proposed Mars Mission called “Red Dragon” (and wondering what sick Hannibal Lecter fan at NASA proposed that name) when I finally saw evidence of life on the Red Planet. The article began with an artist’s conception of […]

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WhoAreYouAgain.com?

I discovered today that I’m closing in on 1,000 connections on LinkedIn.  My exact number sits at 963, so if you’re not already connected to me, reach out to give me a boost.  I’ll check back in a couple of months, and until then I’ll just note the unfulfilling 500+ connections on my main profile […]

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It’s Not Youyou, It’s Meme

I was doing a little research about memes—those Internet graphics that convey a huge amount of information by playing with our appreciation for popular culture. I thought for sure I had come across the word meme during my studies as a student of literature in the 1980s, when literary theory and deconstruction were all the […]

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The Office is Closed for Innovation

Happy post-July 4th, everyone.  And now, a few words about productivity. I’m currently running the beta version of Microsoft Office 2015 for the Mac.  After using this upgrade for several weeks (and loading two full-package updates), I would like to congratulate Microsoft on an absolutely outstanding job of doing absolutely nothing to advance the experience […]

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Death to Taglines!

Years ago I was working for an education startup and plotting the revision of the company web site when I asked my boss which tagline we should use under our logo. My boss, being wiser and younger than I am (hate that), came back at me one simple question: “Why?” I learned then that particular […]

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Why Are Banner Ads Still a Thing?

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” has a great segment called “Why is ____ Still a Thing?” He has tackled everything from Daylight Savings Time to Columbus Day to the popularity of Ayn Rand to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Leaving aside my internal conflict on that last topic, this week I’m going to apply the […]

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Storytelling: A Lost Art (Online, Anyhow)

I attended a fun event recently—the Chicago Creative Space Awards—where companies in four categories (based on square footage size) were awarded for their creative use of physical space.  All of the nominees were pretty amazing to look at, as you can see on videos at ChicagoCreativeSpace.com.  It’s clear Chicago’s historic inventiveness in design and architecture […]

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When Will Content Marketing Die Already?

Welcome to the inaugural post of The Digital Contrarian, a place where I put all of my many years of digital experience to use in questioning the status quo of the space many of us spend so much time in.  I’ve tried my hand at blogging before, but I’m going to be more committed this […]

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