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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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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