Being Alive

Skateboards, Sex, and Why We Are Always Chasing Numbers

February 19, 2014

Last night I watched a Frontline episode called Generation Like.  The episode followed several teens that were learning how to use social media and learning how to create content that brought them popularity.  Switching from interesting to depressing, the show walked us through how teens were training themselves and each other to learn what type […]

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In Defense of the ‘Silent’ Experts…

January 29, 2014

I wanted to go slightly off-topic today to discuss ‘experts’.  For the last several years in the social media space there’s been constant hand-wringing over how we vet who the ‘real’ experts are.  One of the common themes is that when people claim to be experts that really aren’t, it makes it more difficult to […]

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Behaving Badly Online and the Power of Eating Your Own Dog Food

January 3, 2014

A few months ago a well known ‘social media guru’ on Facebook said I was a hateful and fearful person, just because I disagreed with them on a particular social issue.  Actually, they didn’t single me out, they said that anyone that disagreed with them was hateful and fearful and intolerant (the irony of their […]

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The Art (and Timing) of Asking For Help

October 29, 2013

I hate to ask for help. Part of it is not wanting to bother others but mostly its not wanting to be vulnerable or to admit that I need help.  And unfortunately I’ve needed to ask others for help more than I would like this year. But when I do ask for help, I make […]

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