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Two shipwrecked fishing boats on a beach Manage Like You’re Shipwrecked - There was a time in my career when I’d gnash my teeth and wail silently inside at the injustice of the talent I was given to work with. How come I didn’t have only...
A man in period costume riding a white horse The Cavalry’s not Coming to Save Social - Business leaders often don’t “get” social media. It’s frequently treated as just another marketing channel, a way to push promotions and messages. This is often chalked up to a lack of understanding of the...
FB It’s Time to Regulate Facebook - Calls for the breakup of Facebook are reaching a fever pitch. The social network has come under fire for its flagrant disregard for privacy and security, for allowing everyone from anti-vaxxers to Russian hackers...
Screen shot of Canadian minister Navdeep Bains Unpacking Canada’s New Digital Charter - On May 16, Canada unveiled its digital charter, which appears to be (perhaps unsurprisingly) more policy paper than charter. In fact, it reads more like a shopping list of programs already funded and “coming...
A down arrow Please Use Less Social Media - Social media has been good to me. It’s paid many of my bills over the last ten years during my time as a social media manager and digital strategist. It’s won me international awards....
A laptop computer Why You Will Continue to Fork Over $1,000+ for a New Phone - Why have a home computer if your phone will do the trick? It’s 2019. Samsung has just announced a foldable phone that transforms into a tablet, with an eight-core processor. Eight cores were the...
We come for your jobs.... The Four Stages of Denial in your Replacement by a Machine - Almost everyone is eventually going to be replaced by a machine, robot or A.I. Accept it. Or, don’t accept it: the choice is yours. If you choose the latter option, you’ll want to review...
A skull Journalism’s Enemy Will Be Its Saviour - Will Fake News Unwittingly Ride to Journalism’s Rescue? Journalism is dying. The decline began early in the 21st century when ad and classified revenue started fleeing online. Social media accelerated the process. The trend...
A cat yawning Becoming Bored - “75% of your shared data data has been used.” Thank goodness for automatic alerts, I thought, so that I don’t go over my cellphone’s data limit and incur stratospheric overage costs. Plenty of time...
A screen capture of a cellphone home screen, showing a variety of social media icons Can We Have Social Media Back? - I met Brian at a Toronto tech meetup in 2011. I was hanging around the back of the room when he introduced himself, and we connected over a mutual fascination with all things social...