Why Does The Internet Make Stupidity So Viral?

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Earlier this week the US government had to officially ask people to stop jumping out of moving cars to dance in the streets in response to a viral dance challenge for one of Drake’s songs. About the same time I first read this story, for some reason another story and video about how you can

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Victorinox and How To Use Powerfully Ordinary Videos For Mar ...

One piece of advice I am fond of sharing from the stage is about the importance of showing your work – something we are told to do in school but often forget. This brand video from Victorinox is a twelve minute journey behind the scenes into how their iconic Swiss Army Knives are made. The

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Can Hyperlocal Apps Actually Make Us Interact With Our Neigh ...

The idea that neighbors might want the food you won’t eat might seem far fetched depending on where you live. Yet the hyperlocal food sharing app called Olio just picked up another $6 million in funding and has already expanded to over 40 countries with rapid growth. More than 400,000 food items have been shared since the app started

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How Twitter Is Killing Our Culture (And Why We Probably Won& ...

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Is Twitter useful anymore (or was it ever)? Most of us who have been on the platform for some time have likely experienced a downward shift in its value. For me, the platform used to offer an interesting stream of real time commentary from friends and acquaintances. Over time it became a noisy flood of

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Extinct Animal Zoos, Ungendered Baby Names And How To Save S ...

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Social media is under attack and all of us are trying to figure out what to do about it. Should we use Facebook less like a newspaper and more like a telephone? Is the best solution for the manipulated outrage on Twitter to just to turn it all off? An Op-Ed in the NYTimes this week tackled

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Selfie Medicine, Luxury Marketing And How To Get Paid To Wat ...

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This week my story picks range from exploring the future of luxury marketing and healthcare to addictive game design to the world of people who are paid to watch Netflix content. I have to admit, the one about the Netflix content taggers did intrigue me – as I never really thought about how all of

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Why We Love Fake Stories, Perfume That Smells Like Nothing A ...

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I spent the early part of this week at SXSW and one of the themes of my talk (see slides here) was our shifting relationship to the truth. I believe we must choose to venture beyond our own media bubbles and seek out information from unfamiliar sources. This week the largest ever study of fake news found

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Your Next Camera Will Retouch Your Pictures While You Take T ...

Starting with a set of 5,000 images that were retouched by five different photographers, Google and MIT built an algorithm that can automatically retouch a photo WHILE you take it. In a world already filled with “photoshopped” images which distort reality, advancements like this have the potential to further blur the line between real and

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Food Transparency and When Storytelling Can Backfire

Storytelling can shape consumer perception, but it may also have an underappreciated downside. When journalist Amy Wu was invited by Iowa Select Farms to tour their pork production operations, she noted that taking a consumer into a farm to show “food transparency” is a good idea in principle, but it doesn’t change the fact that

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Tinder’s Redesign Prioritizes Your Looks and Profile P ...

Judging whether you want to get to know someone romantically solely based on their photos has become such a commonplace behavior that “swiping left” has its own meaning. That is about to get even more prevalent as Tinder’s latest redesign prioritizes the images you upload. While it may seem shallow, this is not really that

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