The old media–newspapers, magazines, and television–used to be the gatekeepers of influence and information.
Now, anyone with a smartphone and the will can become an online publisher, influencing opinions and events.
The Internet’s online applications and social media networks empower people to connect, to create, to stay in touch, to comment, and to take control of the message.
Television broadcasters once enjoyed a monopoly on the viewing audience. Until the early 1980′s, the big three networks of CBS, … Continue Reading »
James Benham barks orders into his new iPhone4s for the location of a nearby restaurant and a reminder to call his wife when he leaves his office. More than thirty times a day an obedient assistant named Siri serves up answers to Benham.
Siri’s feminine voice eerily sounds like what I imagine to be the sister of HAL 9000 from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.
Benham and I met for the first … Continue Reading »
A flashmob of hundreds of students on their way to classes at Texas A&M University suddenly broke into the line dance craze called the “Wobble” by the rapper V.I.C. The hip artist posted a music video of the Wobble on his website in October of 2009 and its apparently catching fire two years later on college campuses with the start of the Fall 2011 semester.