Recently, I’ve witnessed several acts of plagiarism and stealing. As the need for content and attention (a result of good marketing ideas) increases, it’s likely individuals will engage in more thefts. Unfortunately, stealing ideas and content is something that impacts all businesses and individuals trying to monetize their online activities (here’s a piece on how to detect plagiarism). It’s too […]

The Internet and in particular social media have empowered thousands, perhaps millions, to start their own businesses. One outcome of the social media movement is how easily people become “thought leaders” or topical influencers. As a result, we have many paper tigers running about, almost indistinguishable from the ones with real teeth with one singular exception: Results. Last week for […]

Image via Flickr “The ignorance, prejudices, and groupthink of an educated elite are still ignorance, prejudice and groupthink,” Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society goes into great detail about the flaws intellectuals bring to bear upon society with their influence. Some of the behavior of A-Listers matches those of intellectuals, historically. First, let’s use Sowell’s definition of intellectual, an […]

Image by Camila Dal-Ri Brugnera Society values collaboration and groupthink in our decision making and increasingly attention-based popularity driven social web, but a collaborative culture repels creativity. We are not good for me (at least from a creative standpoint). A study from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist shows that the most creative minds are introverted, they need quiet and alone […]

Often cursed by reactionary pundits responding to the popular, groupthink remains an inescapable behavior pattern in social networks. For those unfamiliar, groupthink is when a community’s desire for harmony overrides rational examination of ideas and concepts. Conflict is stamped out in favor of consensus. So long as people act in tribal ways, we will always have groupthink regardless of media, […]

Image by Laserone Recently, I had a prospective client take a proposal idea and implement it themselves. Having your campaign concepts taken is an all too frequent occurrence in communications consulting, unfortunately. You have to show some flare to get the deal, so it’s a Catch 22. But what can you do about someone taking your campaign idea without compensation? […]

Co-author’s Note (11/20): Trackbacks on this post have been turned off.  Links/SEO were not my objective. The following is a joint manifesto. (Cross posted with Ike) Please follow along with: Geoff Livingston… and… …Ike Pigott. (Audio link.) With pitchforks and torches, the mob brought down an unresponsive and paternalistic media, that had used decades (broadcast) and centuries (print) of scarcity […]