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Jermaine Dupri builds a real community with Global 14

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Look at the headlines Facebook has generated lately: the company files for a multi-billion dollar initial public offering. Mark Zuckerberg spends $700,000 flying private planes in one year. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg begins building a new mansion in Menlo Park, California. There’s one important element missing from these stories: ...

Life in the hip-hop underground with Symon G. Seyz

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Hip-hop artist Symon G. Seyz lives not for record sales but for the passion of making music. The 28-year-old rapper is a member of the hip-hop underground – where unsigned musicians find audiences by giving away their own mixtapes on the streets, performing at clubs and private parties, and using ...

How Twitter helped “The Grey” become a box-office champ on opening weekend

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The Grey gets Twitter. The new Open Road Films thriller starring Liam Neeson features on its website a brief trailer that caught my eye because of the way the movie title, cast, and production team are listed. All names of the principal cast – including Neeson’s – are listed via their ...

How Facebook perverts the English language

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I certainly do not “Like” how Facebook perverts the English language by forcing us to us words inaccurately. Case in point: recently, I heard about the launch of a Facebook page for a forthcoming (at the time) biography of Mick Jagger. I wanted to learn more about the book, get access ...

Why Amazon and Netflix don’t always know best

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

It’s far too easy to allow ourselves to be led around by the nose. Amazon tells us what to buy. Netflix and Pandora suggest movies and music based on our tastes. Facebook and Google+ suggest friends to us. Twitter tells us whom to follow. But those tools reinforce what we know already. ...

We are all content hustlers

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

It’s ironic Google+ allowed the digital elites such as Chris Brogan early access to Google+ while asking corporations to hold off creating brand profiles. Just about everyone I know on Google+ (including me) uses the social platform to hustle their own content as well as any corporation could. We are all ...