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June 10, 2009

Has Twitter Jumped The Shark?

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      It’s a running joke among people in communications that, today, everyone’s a social media expert.  Those who aren’t experts are usually self-proclaimed evangelists, mavens, gurus, specialists, advocates, or at the very least, enthusiasts. It’s striking, isn’t it, how quickly so many have become so adept at using new networks, platforms, strategies, and tools? …
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June 8, 2009

Is Innovation A Victim of Its Own PR?

by: in: public relations, technology

  I was startled to read Michael Mandel’s provocative BusinessWeek article describing the failed promise of American innovation over the past ten years.  It makes a pretty persuasive case, documenting our innovation shortfall in key industries and linking it to the US trade deficit, our debt load (taken on under false expectations of compensation increases) and even the…
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June 1, 2009

The Final (Gaming) Frontier?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

  There’s some cool news from E3, the largest annual trade exhibition for gaming enthusiasts. The videogame industry typically shows resiliency in economic downturns, but sales began to slump this spring as the recession took hold, and free or low-cost Web-only and mobile games started to nibble at the traditional videogame business.  Today Microsoft electrified the…
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May 11, 2009

Are Newspapers Necessary?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

  In the movie State of Play, the lead character, portrayed nicely by Russell Crowe despite some cliched lines and really bad hair, is meant to represent old-world media …he’s a rumpled, shaggy, veteran newspaper reporter whose high ideals shine through his gruff exterior as he strives to expose an international conspiracy. As if the…
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May 4, 2009

The Future of Ink, Part 2

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

  Finally, the newspaper industry is fighting back.  At least that’s how it feels, and it feels good. As yet another storied paper teeters on the edge of extinction, and Warren Buffett rubs it in, there are some hopeful developments. As noted in a previous post, Hearst Corp. is backing a Kindle-like e-reader created to handle digital downloads of newspapers,…
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February 28, 2009

Newspaper 2.0?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

Friday’s report that Hearst will launch a wireless e-reader for magazines and newspapers, similar to Amazon’s Kindle, is deeply encouraging news for those of us who hope that reports of the death of traditional media are exaggerated. It’s a risky venture, to be sure; hardware is a completely different business from content, and not all…
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February 12, 2009

Random Thoughts In Defense of "25 Things"

by: in: social media, technology

Given the backlash, it’s hard to admit that I can’t get enough of “25 Random Things About Me,” the annoying, addictive chain-letter-cum-confessional that got started on Facebook and now is taking over the world. Yes, it typifies what many don’t like about Facebook and Twitter — the over-sharing, time-sucking, sometimes self-indulgent posts, games, applications and invitations…
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February 2, 2009

I Want My DTV…Now!

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

But, it’s not happening. As everyone who follows the digital TV transition drama knows, the postponement is back on.  The House had overturned the Senate bill that would postpone the switch until June, but in yet another twist, the delay is expected to stand after a second House vote later this week.  Read more here….
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January 8, 2009

What Happens in Vegas….Seems Like Less Than Usual

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The Consumer Electronics Show, one of the most well-attended and splashy tech conferences on earth, is decidedly more subdued this year.  You don’t have to read the news and blog accounts to feel the difference.  On the one hand, it’s easier to get a taxi, a restaurant reservation, or show tickets.  It also seems to…
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