Category Archive for: Digital World

Everything Old is New Again

The idea for this post comes from Liam Wilkinson, the newest member of the Jesson team, who is absolutely inspirational in the fresh thinking he is bringing to Jesson. Welcome aboard, Liam. After listening to me moan about the latest round of cuts at traditional media outlets like Post Media and Rogers, Liam wrote this…

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All A-Twitter

Seems like the topic du jour in our world is online shaming. The New York Times Magazine did a story on Sunday about Justine Sacco, the so-called public relations consultant who got caught in a real-time warp on her flight to South Africa in 2013. On a layover en route to Cape Town she tweeted…

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The Old-Fashioned Way to Say “Merry Christmas”

There are some things that just don’t bridge the digital divide. In my opinion, Christmas cards are one of them. And I was pleased to learn on CBC’s The Current this morning I am not alone. To rip Mark Twain, — reports of their death have been highly exaggerated. Don’t get me wrong, when I…

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Freedom of Speech — Sort of

It’s been an interesting week. Apparently the let-it-all-hang-out generation has discovered privacy and a few other things not quite so nice. The first news item that caught my attention was a report in a Wall Street Journal story by Daniel Henninger reporting on commencement cancellations at US Colleges. Seems Smith announced last Monday that Christine Lagarde, the French head…

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Innovative Communication

Two stories in the Wall Street Journal are delightfully juxtaposed. The first concerns a remote hilltop village near the Black Sea in Turkey where “tweeting is a very big deal…” but not the kind of tweeting that has become so ubiquitous to online junkies. Seems about 500 years ago the folks in Kuskoy developed a unique way of communicating…

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Ethics and Social Media

The world had barely stopped chattering about photographs that showed the Duchess of Cambridge appearing topless while on vacation, when some mindless idiot posted a video film called Innocence of Muslims that vilified the Prophet Muhammad. The Middle East exploded with incendiary violence and an enlightened American diplomat was killed. Had the films producers never heard of Salman…

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Going Digital – the Cosmic Brain

I will never forget the first time I browsed the web.  I stayed up through the midnight hours, surfing the great cosmic sea in trance-like awe.  Unlike the current crop of university graduates, my generation stands astride the digital divide.  We remember the time before.  And as liberating as the Internet has been, we have moments…

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