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June 17, 2018 8:03 AM

Unsafe Thinking With Jonah Sachs - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #623 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

It was the early 2000s and viral marketing was just getting started. That's when Jonah Sachs rose to prominence. He created some of the world's first viral videos. His agency, Free Range Studios, created campaigns, like Amnesty International's awareness-raising video on blood diamonds (which was seen by 20 million people). Later Jonah helped to create The Story of Stuff, which was viewed by over 60 million people and marked a turning point in the fight to educate people about the environmental and social impact of consumer goods. Jonah went onto to create other viral campaigns for Greenpeace, Human Rights Campaigns and the ACLU, as well as consumer brands like Microsoft and Patagonia. Fast Company named him one of today's 50 most influential social innovators. In 2012, Jonah released his first book, Winning the Story Wars. Most recently, he published his sophomore effort, Unsafe Thinking - How to Be Nimble and Bold When You Need it Most. So, how safe is your brand thinking? Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #623.

By Mitch Joel

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June 16, 2018 4:03 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #416

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • A Company Built on a Bluff - New York Magazine. "Since I'm picking on media properties today, here's one closer to home. Vice Media is a Montreal-born wunderkünd, promising to bring millennials back to broadcast programming. But as the company's financials unravel, their apparent immunity to the changes every media platform is undergoing has ended. Also, hijinks and shenanigans." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud - Vox. "People walking slowly when they think about the elderly. Delaying gratification and succeeding in life. All those clever, Kahneman-inspired anecdotes may be fun at parties, but they're likely wrong. Phil Zimbardo might be a TED darling -- along with Joachim de Posada and many others -- but there's no denying that psychology has a crisis of reproducibility. It's fuelled by the same problem facing news and politics: What's entertaining isn't usually what's true, on either side of the political aisle." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant - Strike Magazine. "Many interesting observations from this article, two of which are:  'If 1% of the population controls most of the disposable wealth, what we call 'the market' reflects what they think is useful or important, not anybody else.' And: 'In our society, there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one's work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it.. Say what you like about nurses, garbage collectors, or mechanics, it's obvious that were they to vanish in a puff of smoke, the results would be immediate and catastrophic. It's not entirely clear how humanity would suffer were all private equity CEOs, lobbyists, PR researchers, actuaries, telemarketers, bailiffs or legal consultants to similarly vanish.'" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Visualizing Dante's Hell: See Maps & Drawings of Dante's Inferno from the Renaissance Through Today - Open Culture. "In my other shared link, David Graber posits a version of hell: 'Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don't like and are not especially good at.' Not sure where that fits in Dante's Inferno, but here are some drawings to situate yourself." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Apple's Airpods Are an Omen - The Atlantic. "It used to be (like last week) that getting your brand anywhere required a core focus on images and videos. Now, audio seems to be creeping back up into what it takes to connect with consumers today. From smart speakers and voice assistants to the rise in podcasting. We're listening... we're really really listening. This article suggests that this may not be the best thing ever for us humans. '...by going wireless, and by doing it so well, AirPods also decouple that intimacy from the tether that generally has signaled it in social circumstances. And even though it seems like a small matter--just a wireless headset--the device could fundamentally alter the way people interact with machines, and with one another.' Is it the hardware? Is it the content? Are humans just getting tired of interacting with one another in our protein forms? What strange people we have become..." (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • Inside the Binge Factory - Vulture. "Maybe you don't agree that bluetooth headsets are turning us into another type of human being. What about binge watching? What, exactly, does Netflix do so well that gets us so hooked on their content? Still, I'll often bing-watch a series and wonder to myself: 'was that worth it? I think I just watched a 15-hour movie about a comic book character!' Maybe we humans really are changing beyond recognition! This is how Netflix gets us..." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on TwitterFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel

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June 11, 2018 8:35 AM

Your Phone Is Listening In On Your Conversations And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • While "To be or not to be"? may have been the big question, now it may well be "is my phone listening in on my conversations... or is it not"? I've had some strange stuff happen in this realm. I've mentioned something to someone during a call, and it suddenly shows up as an ad in my Facebook feed. Not one... but multiple times. Creepy? You bet. Am I delirious? According to this Vice article, I'm not all that paranoid and it is happening. 
  • Instagram and Snapchat are known for their short video quips. Fun, on the go mobile video content. Why stop there? Instagram is, apparently, in talks to develop long form video content. So, would you watch an hour-long video on Instagram? 
  • We often discuss the big FANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google). What ever happened to MySpace? It turns out that some people (or many...?) are still all-in on MySpace. Why are people still using MySpace? What purpose does it serve and why are they so loyal to it? The Guardian decided to investigate... 
  • App of the Week: Waze.

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June 10, 2018 6:40 AM

The Power Of Paying Attention With Neen James - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #622 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

At what cost attention? We all think that we're paying attention to the work that we do, but are we? Really? That's the focus of Neen James. Her latest book is titled, Attention Pays - How to drive profitability, productivity and accountability. She has received numerous awards as a professional speaker. Neen is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global, and is a member of the League of Heroic Public Speakers. Neen delivers keynotes presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work (and in life). Neen has a background in learning, development and managing large corporate teams. So, are you paying enough attention? Enjoy the conversation... Enjoy the conversation.

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #622.

By Mitch Joel

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June 9, 2018 4:37 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #415

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Descartes' robot daughter and the zombie problem - The Last Word on Nothing. "How will we feel about automatons? Will we love our robots too much, giving them human attributes? Or think them uncanny and strange, subjecting them to horrible abuse? Travel with me back to the rumoured automaton René Descartes (yes, that Descartes) made to mourn his dead daughter, for a possibly apocryphal look at how humans deal with almost-people." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Now playing: a movie you control with your mind - MIT Technology Review. "Interactive movies were a gimmick. But what about one that adapts to your emotions? This experimental 27-minute flick uses biofeedback from a headband to steer the narrative. Seems trivial -- but most big changes look like toys at first. Consider a video game that adapts to your mood, making it just challenging enough. Or a nightmare scenario in which a generative VR environment maximizes horror (for interrogation) or arousal (for pornography.) Will viewers look back at today's ' nresponsive' films the way we look at black-and-white broadcast TV?" (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Digital Poorhouse - The New York Review of Books. "Algorithms, racism and the oppression of the poor (maybe we'll all be ' oor' in the eyes of algorithms soon)." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • To My Favorite Stock Photos - Michelle Leatherby - Medium. "I laughed." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • You're simply not that big a deal: now isn't that a relief? - Aeon. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, don't we. We all want more. We want to achieve more. We want to get smarter. We want things... bigger, right? I think we all have a lot of work to do on ourselves (I include myself in this lot). Self-esteem, self-compassion, radical acceptance... and so on. In short, we need to be more loving and kind to ourselves. And, at the same time, we need to read this article, and get ourselves back to reality: the only one who really cares what we're up to is, for the most part, ourselves. No mater how many friends, followers and likes you have." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Want to Read Michael Lewis's Next Work? You'll Be Able to Listen to It First - The New York Times. "Famed author, Michael Lewis, could have simply said that he's working on an audio project. Instead, he decided to make a statement. His next book will not be available in print. It will be audio. He didn't sell the story to Vanity Fair or his book publisher. He sold the rights to Audible. So, cue the long-worn debate: what is a book?" (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on TwitterFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel

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June 8, 2018 7:36 AM

Mai Leisz On This Month's Groove - The No Treble Podcast

Mai Leisz is this month's conversation on Groove - The No Treble Podcast. You can listen the new episode right here: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #42 - Mai Leisz. Who is Mai Leisz? She just turned thirty,... Read more

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June 4, 2018 7:56 AM

Teens Are Almost Constantly Online And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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June 3, 2018 7:12 AM

Discovering Truth With Hector Macdonald - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #621 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. What is the truth? Is there one truth? Is truth under assault these days? Fake news. Flat earthers. How... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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June 2, 2018 4:16 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #414

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks,... Read more

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May 28, 2018 7:41 AM

C2 Montreal Rocks, GDPR Scares Brands And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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