New Yorker Story Brings Back Memories of Blog Glory Days — and Ethics Controversies That Now Seem Quaint

I was looking at Idea Grove’s website in Google Analytics and noticed that The New Yorker was sending us some traffic, so I investigated and traced it back to a story published late last year on the topic of technology journalism. It was headlined Waiting for the Next Great Technology Critic and focuses on erstwhile […]

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In AOL “Distressedbaby-gate,” Tim Armstrong’s PR Gaffe Is Not the Real Issue

I have an opinion piece on the cover of the Points section in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News.  Here’s the top:  I get it. It’s not cool for a CEO to blame his company’s tightening of benefits on babies. Especially “distressed babies.” But while AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong will not win any popularity contests with […]

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What Bashar al-Assad, Walmart and Elmer the Cat Have in Common

like Hitler

If you think that headline is the setup for a bad joke, you’re only half right. Assad, the Syrian dictator, and Walmart, a small retailer you might have heard of, actually do have something relevant in common with each other, as well as with Elmer the Cat. They have all had the misfortune of being […]

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Brian Solis Asks WTF (What’s the Future) of Business

Brian Solis and I go back a long way, and I feel like I know him even though we’ve never met. That’s one of the magical changes that social media has brought to our lives. Capturing and sharing the magic, wonder and possibilities of social media for business audiences has been Solis’ stock in trade […]

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Are We All in Agreeance About Passive-Aggressive Business Talk?

It happens all too frequently. You’re in a meeting — usually an important meeting with lots of important people around a table — and you say something you think is brilliant. But instead of slapping you on the back, someone else at the table makes an irrefutable point that undermines your argument. What you should […]

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Seven Reasons Your Hair Stylist Is Happier Than You Are

Sometime back, I came across a survey that showed that among all the jobs and professions out there, hair stylists were the happiest workers. It made me think about the possible reasons for this. Now I’ve never cut hair for a living, but I have been getting my locks sheared regularly for more than four […]

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Why Happiness Is the New Meme for Economists — and Why That’s a Good Thing

When I was 5 years old, my mom told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life. – John […]

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Social Networking-Related Crimes Up 780 Percent — and Other Meaningless Statistics

These headlines are as meaningless as they are sensational. As our self-proclaimed social media scientists would surely be the first to tell us, unless there is a corresponding increase in overall offenses, it’s pretty much impossible to argue that social media is driving an increase in crime. And if it’s not, what is the point of […]

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Reasons to Want to Take a Shower After Being Online, #374: Fear and Loathing on Reddit

So this happened: The sister of one of the teacher victims of the Sandy Hook massacre is a Reddit user, so she decided to post a picture of her sister’s empty chair at the Christmas dinner table as a tribute to her. She posted the snap using the Reddit account the two women shared. Under […]

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Farewell, SpeakerMix

In the end, the numbers just didn’t add up for SpeakerMix. The Austin-based, angel-backed online community connecting professional speakers with event planners is going bye-bye on Monday. I loved the concept — as, apparently, did the many other speakers who posted their bios on the SpeakerMix site. It was a central location where conference planners […]

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