Monday, June 18, 2012

Brian & Melissa: Social Media Rows

Perhaps you've heard this trending story about Brian Presley (an actor) & Melissa (a model). (if not, here's a brief summation here) via Huffington Post

Just read David Amerland's piece, When Melissa Met Brian: A Lesson in Social Media Ethics over at Social Media Today.

So, my take. Melissa started with the assumption that Brian was attempting to cheat on his wife with her and ran with that. In analysis, this seems an act of arrogance on her part. (The man in the seat next to you is talking to you. The only reason is he wants sleep with you?)

Be that as it may, she unleashed the mindless reactivity of the internet. It's amazing how quickly that can get launched and how nearly impossible it is to put that "genie back in the bottle".

Sure, it's important for us social media users to think before we post, but we should also consider thinking before acting on something we read. Always remember there are two sides to a story.

(Mea cupla: I saw this as it was trending hot on Twitter and thought Brian a cad. As this has shaken out, I'm realizing he's not as culpable as first appeared. In particular, at no point does he proposition her, or even ask for a phone number).

Edmonds Arts Festival 2012


More Cowbell

Edmonds Arts Festival 2012, a set on Flickr.

A few shots to answer "what I did this weekend".

Hope all of you had a great Father's Day weekend.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Death of Advertising?

Earlier this week I read an article lambasting the advertising revenue model. I can't find it right now, but the basic critique was "it never worked and is even worse no"w.

Now, most newspaper revenues, in the recent past at least, came from advertising. Subscriptions didn't cover a fraction of expenses. Advertising covered the rest and provided profit.

Clearly that model is now damaged, but is it dead? It once worked. Can a business either lower expenses enough, or engage enough advertising to be profitable?

Clearly, businesses still see value in advertising. They still heavily invest in ads. I think part of the challenge for tge advertiser lies in the expanding advertising market. They need to spread the same dollars further.

Then there's the moral issue: everyone hates advertising. What do we do with that?

Anyway, my rambling early AM thoughts did a Friday. Cheers, everyone!


Friday, June 08, 2012

Heavenward Cinquain

I know
Staring skyward
Sky's uncaring coolness
Without emotion, save wonder
Beauty

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Seattle Science Festival 2012






What I did this weekend. The Seattle Science Festival is a great way to get kids excited about Science. Yet it is way more.

Folklife 2012

Folklife 2012

FiddlersBlissful Chocolate
Folklife 2012, a set on Flickr.
My photo explorations from Folklife in Seattle last weekend. Had lots of fun, but it was way too short.