Government pix prevail in world of depleted newsrooms, reduced access for media

Get this: when Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister, the only pic his official photographer regularly distributed was the Mulroney family Christmas card. The photographer's role was to gather and document material for posterity. My how times have changed. PM Justin Trudeau's official … [Read more...]

Deep Work touts value of concentration in a tweet-happy world

Here's a telling challenge - can I sit and write a blog post about Cal Newport's book Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World without letting myself get distracted? Here's one of his premises - we have become so habituated to quick bursts of stimulation that as soon as things … [Read more...]

Manipulation of social media channels will bring blowback: Ryan Holiday part 2

I can't say I enjoyed Ryan Holiday's Trust Me, I'm Lying, but I also can't stop thinking about it. After outlining the extend of his media manipulation (his words) in the first half, he spends part two of the book explaining why he regrets what he did and theorizing on the extent of the … [Read more...]

Think before you tweet; British MP neglected to pause before hitting enter

Things can go sideways pretty fast if you post precipitously to your favourite social media platform. A British MP now has plenty of time to reflect on this fact since being forced to resign over an ill-conceived tweet during a recent by-election. After an apparently frustrating day of … [Read more...]

Social media in the service of democracy: tweets from city hall

Don't you love it when a system works?  I recently witnessed the slow grind  of the wheels of democracy at a Public Hearing in Vancouver - and I was impressed. One of my clients, the local dragon boat society, wanted to gather supporters to speak in favour of a rezoning application. If passed, … [Read more...]