Win a Fifth: How Has Social Empowered You?

Interested in winning a copy of Welcome to the Fifth Estate? Then here’s your chance: The five people who best tell how social media has empowered them to make a difference for their business, their community or their family will win a copy of the book. One of the cores aspects of Welcome to the Fifth Estate is an empowered citizen media that can challenge and circumnavigate traditional media (the Fourth Estate) structures. Businesses and individuals alike can join and develop communities to achieve great things: From social change to blood-loyal user communities. For more discussion on the topic, read Gini Dietrich‘s review of the book. This is a great chance to get a copy of Welcome to the Fifth […]

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Copycats: The Oral Tradition of Blogging

Image by waterloo Ever notice how bloggers seem to repeat each other? Sometimes the echo chamber sparks veiled rumors of plagiarism, or at other times great discourse ensues, riffing off the same theme, each with their own take. This copycat syndrome seems to repeat itself through the years, a mostly unintentional repetition of the same story and memes. It’s almost as if bloggers have reverted their conversations to the epic oral storytelling era of legends like Beowulf and the Odyssey. Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy is one of the most fascinating books about the evolution of storytelling, from the epic tradition of repetitive storytelling by bards and nomads to the impact of the written word. Before the written word, repetitive […]

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8 Substantive Blogs to Read

Image by Ed Schipul Getting tired of the same old, same old? Here are eight blogs that seem to deliver great marketing, media and communication content day-in, day-out without getting stuck in the echo chamber’s pedantic chatter. While just a few of the many strong blogs out there, they deliver regular delightful reads. Danny Brown’s Social Media Marketing Blog – A strong read almost every post, Danny always makes you think. He keeps it real, and focuses on real strategy, nor is he one for chasing butterflies… Unless chasing butterflies is your dream. Perhaps that’s why this blog works so well, it’s relentlessly focused but always with personal passion and a can-do dreamer’s attitude. Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog – An […]

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The Facebook Empire Ends Here

Image by Northfielder Perhaps you have seen the latest Facebook news. Three new evolutions were revealed: Commitments to continue selling personal data; a revised Like effort that turns Likes into full content shares; and a revamped comment system for blogs and web sites using Connect that in essence publishes those comments on a unique Facebook page. In summary, the Facebook Empire extended its tentacles further outside of its walls to drive external content in, own that content per its user guidelines, and continue exploiting users’ data. The Facebook Empire is not welcome here. As an Internet user and reader of this blog, it’s time to make some commitments to you. These new commenting tools will not be implemented on this […]

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