Thursday, October 27, 2011


(Dee Luo)
This must be as old a debate as any words invented to use in a debate. Technology versus human culture. Many 3rd world tribes have several feelings against media. The Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania prefer not to have their pictures taken because they think it will take their spirit away. The Armish as don't like it either but this is more directly to do with technology. From
"The Amish are averse to any technology which they feel weakens the family structure. The conveniences that the rest of us take for granted such as electricity, television, automobiles, telephones and tractors are considered to be a temptation that could cause vanity, create inequality, or lead the Amish away from their close-knit community and, as such, are not encouraged or accepted in most orders. Most Amish cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery, live in houses without electricity, and get around in horse-drawn buggies. It is common for Amish communities to allow the use of telephones, but not in the home. Instead, several Amish families will share a telephone in a wooden shanty between farms. Electricity is sometimes used in certain situations, such as electric fences for cattle, flashing electric lights on buggies, and heating homes."
The indigenous people of Australian people don't like to have their pictures taken because once they die they want to return to the earth, but a picture holds a part of them in the waking life even though they have passed away.

Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist who works at Intel Research says, "mobile phone manufacturers have developed popular phones for Muslim users that support their religious practices by (1) reminding them when it is time to pray, (2) orienting them towards Mecca and (3) disabling incoming calls for 20 minutes. She gave many other examples from Africa and Asia that showed how new technology is being used in ways that fit into the existing cultures." She continues "I found the message reassuring. It's easy to get worked up into a state of anxiety about what our modern world is doing to our societies. Human cultures are apparently more resilient than we naively assume."
I have a teenage daughter who sends and receives nearly 20,000 text messages a month. When she's not with me, it's the primary -- and sometimes sole -- way we communicate.

What are your thoughts? How do you see technology affecting your culture?

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Digital lifestyle snapshot survey

Read this if:

1. you are a blogger, or micro-blogger, you use social media like Facebook, you Tube, Twitter, Posterous, Wordpress, or other Web 2.0 companies with overly cute names,

2. you found yourself at a dead end or limit within your blogging or media distribution software service, or

3. you know your business goal but can't find a way to reach it using the tools you have now.

I would like your thoughts for an upcoming project that will adress as many of these issues as we can, empowering businesses of any size, from 1-person to hundred, take advantage of the real-time web, and give you a set of tools that make doing business easier, period.

A. What do you wish your blogging platform, or service, did for you today?

B. What's missing in terms or tools or features?

C. Is social media working for you? Are you using it? Is it included in your blog or on your web site?

D. What's the biggest challenge you face: marketing, community management, customer relationship management, employee relations?

Love to hear your thoughts! I have already heard some great ideas from readers, and would love yours. Please add them via comments or email me directly lisa at lisa dot io.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Fred Davis hosts gadget night twice this year

Find out more here.

Fred has been widely quoted in publications such as Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared on many radio and television programs, including NPR's "All Things Considered," "CBS Evening News," and "ABC News."

Monday, November 23, 2009

My company 24/7 on every device

Earlier than projected, BNO News launched news wire service focused on "providing comprehensive breaking news coverage to news media companies around the world." will be the first of the service's new clients.

This is a telling step in the direction of what are critical media and newspaper organizations transforming themselves into a new type of news reporting. This is one that will ultimately be more accurate and comprehensive, but that will bring it's own challenges, yet the information dissemination, democratic involvement and the anticipatory services that will begin to surface will unwrap a significant communications shift, and subsequently, a multitude of world and cultural views and interaction changes.

BNO and many others are helping build in this direction. You can follow them at @BreakingNews on Twitter and through their iPhone application (BNO Breaking News). The service puts together Twitter updates and headlines from other sources, "up-to-the-second".

“News consumers increasingly demand a variety of sources and viewpoints, even while they expect information to find them whenever and wherever they want it,” said Jennifer Sizemore, Editor-in-Chief. With recently becoming BNO News’ first client, the company is now in talks with other publishers. “BNO News...will also offer local content to local media outlets in the United States.”

On the top of every media company executive's Christmas list?

1) Ways to stave off member attrition (at at low expense)
2) Ways to incorporate efficient advertising models (that work in the new world of peer-based recommendations, reputation, curation, filtering and lest SuperTweets)
3) Ways to take advantage of Web 2.0, light-step technology (without the burden of dealing with companies or technology that becomes obsolete)
4) Tickets to SofTech's Gadget Night in Marin on December 2, 2009
5) A pink 16 Gigabyte iPod Nano, etched with their company's logo.

What web sites, service or companies do you think are making the most headway in the direction of high-integrity, comprehensive news?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Take a step back

So many people are talking about real-time search and its integrity. Check out this chart from hthe AdMob Mobile Metrics Report (January 2009). AdMob serves ads for more than 6,000 mobile web sites and 400 applications around the world.

Suggest a look at the larger picture. While personal brands have their place, the above graph shows some interesting data. What's that dip in Chinese traffic?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bailout Braggadocio

Have you noticed that Bank of America has settled in, looking doe-eyed at us whilst spamming our home phones recently? And Chase brands itself "New to California but not new to banking."

What a relief, do you need a roadmap then? I moved my accounts to another large bank after having identity fraud wipe my accounts clean 3 times in 2008. Lew McCreary was up late pondering this post from the Harvard Business Blog, a post called Bailout Marketing -- the Wrong Way.

2:40 AM Friday May 8, 2009
by Lew McCreary

Tags:Branding, Financial crisis, Marketing

What sort of marketing message makes sense for the modern post-apocalyptic lending institution?

Probably not this: I received a slick, expensive, 20-page brochure in the mail the other day from Bank of America, promoting its home loans and other excellent attributes. It was thick, colorful, printed on heavy (unrecycled) paper, with only a single "impact" word on several of the pages; my favorite of these was "Confidence," a clear case of whistling past the graveyard. My wife (a marketer) grabbed the thing, sniffed at it, and said, "My tax dollars at work."

Per Neilsen Online last year, here represented the largest ad spend for financial services:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Businesses are blogging

A report conducted by Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D., and Eric Mattson CEO, Financial Insite indicates a steady rise in Fortune 500 company's use of blogging.

"Each year Fortune Magazine compiles a list of America’s largest corporations. The list includes publicly and privately held companies for which revenues are publicly available. The Fortune 500 is a definitive list of the country's largest (by revenue) and most influential companies...

This study examined the 2008 Fortune 500 list in an attempt to quantify the adoption of social media by identifying those with public-facing blogs."

Social media = microblogging, multimedia blogging, podcasting and videoblogging, and participation in social networks like Facebook. Above image from the Neilsen Media blog.

"As social media becomes more integral to the business function, we should see evidence of it in the use of blogs, podcasts, Twitter or other tools. Given that the Fortune 500 stand as a model for business success, it is interesting to examine their involvement in the social media arena.

Eighty-one (16%) of the primary corporations listed on the 2008 Fortune 500 have a public-facing corporate blog with a post in the past 12 months. These early adopters include three of the top five corporations (Wal-Mart, Chevron and General Motors). The two remaining in the top 5, Exxon/Mobil and Conoco Philips do not have public-facing blogs at this time.

This study systematically examines the entire 2008 Fortune 500 list. Based on available information to date, the result is a higher percentage of Fortune 500 bloggers than suspected."

The Fortune 500 get it, follow along small and individual businesses. Social media is an effective way to distribute awareness about your business, service of product. It's also a way to gather customers.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Love hate relationships

Rafe Needleman is one of my favorite reporters. I wonder instead of being hated, how he manages to stay relatively well-liked. The other ironic thing is that by writing about how much they are hated, those five people must like him even more. Ah, there's the real magic.

I interviewed Rafe a while back about his initiative at CNET called Webware. Some insiders at CNET tell me that it doesn't directly make money (sounded a little paranoid actually), but I would tell CNET that Webware is great for it's own brand awareness, plus it raises visibility for all those companies and software applications.

Google is hiring

Google is hiring, hear me?

Google is hiring and here's what the ad on their web site said.

"Passionate about these topics? You should work at Google.

• algorithms
• artificial intelligence
• compiler optimization
• computer architecture
• computer graphics
• data compression
• data mining
• file system design
• genetic algorithms
• information retrieval
• machine learning
• natural language processing
• operating systems
• profiling
• robotics
• text processing
• user interface design
• web information retrieval
• and more!"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lisa Padilla on Talenthouse

I just discovered Talenthouse. Here is their blog. This is a place to showcase and collaborate on all kinds of media projects. Trying it out...what do you think?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Cinegrid 3rd Annual Workshop 2008

From La Jolla, CA...Fred Davis spoke at the 3rd Annual Cinegrid Workshop and I captured some pictures from the event.