Making your own bed: are there limits to professional responsibility?

True story: a friend told me how she invested a large amount of money in order to advertise her product on a fairly central website. The campaign bombed and my friend queried the veracity of the site owner’s claim that his site is a popular place of convergence: “you cannot tell me that your site… Continue reading Making your own bed: are there limits to professional responsibility?

We’re Here to Bury Comments, Not to Praise Them

In the beginning was Marshall McLuhan, who would have celebrated his 98th birthday these days, but more about him later.  When I launched this blog almost two years ago, I decided not to accept comments: I observed how other blogs got inundated with horrific verbiage, often unrelated to the piece the comment was supposed to… Continue reading We’re Here to Bury Comments, Not to Praise Them

e-Murder most foul?

Ghost: Murder most foul, as in the best it is; But this most foul, strange and unnatural. (Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V)  According to US President Barack Obama; video games are a clear and present health hazard that is endangering the American people. While many still consider video gaming to be a geek-dominated, unsavoury fringe… Continue reading e-Murder most foul?

Learning online vs. face-to-face instruction

Over the years we have witnessed an ever-growing migration of students from brick-and-mortar universities, schools and colleges, to virtual institutions of learning online. In fact, entrepreneurship scholars Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman noted (PDF) that “online enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments” and that “[o]nline enrollments have continued to grow… Continue reading Learning online vs. face-to-face instruction

The Rise of the Digital Natives

Who are the digital children of 2017? e-Learning specialist Marc Prensky coined the term Digital Natives and used it in two major articles he published in 2001 (Part I , Part II, PDF.) Digital Natives, he says, “are used to receiving information really fast. They like to parallel process and multi-task. They prefer their graphics… Continue reading The Rise of the Digital Natives

To Whom the Turnstile Spins?

As you may have seen for yourselves, media’s ‘new e-business’ aspirations have caused quite a stir. I have ToingToing!ed about it here and The Financial Times Online offers a decent detailed assessment of the situation, both pieces are offered for free, I hasten to add.  Advertising does not bring in the money anymore (did anyone… Continue reading To Whom the Turnstile Spins?

The Insane and the Genius

A quote attributed to Albert Einstein argues that ‘insanity means doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. Scriptwriter Bruce Feirstein, who wrote some of the James Bond movie scripts, asserted further that the distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.  Armed with such heavyweights-uttered quotes, we can… Continue reading The Insane and the Genius

Reflection: If this be magic, let it be an art

When one observes magic, let it be clear that the magician is a skilful human, an artist, and not a born wizard. His acts are crafty examples of sleight-of-hand, and no supernatural forces are involved.   Beyond the wonderfully positive effects of the Harry Potter series (for example, the reported growth in the number of book… Continue reading Reflection: If this be magic, let it be an art

Life at Fahrenheit 451

As a teenager, I literally stumbled upon François Truffaut‘s powerful interpretation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 book Fahrenheit 451. I went to see the movie simply because it featured Julie Christie, the woman who invaded my pubescent dreams as a blonde Russian siren named Lara in David Lean‘s adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s epic Doctor Zhivago. On… Continue reading Life at Fahrenheit 451

Pulitzer’s Digerate Media Relevance

American media supremo Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in writing and publishing.  He was an uncompromising and committed journalist who sought to redefine journalism and turn it into a discipline, complete with its public goals, professional ambitions, value systems ethical considerations and criticism of itself, as well as of… Continue reading Pulitzer’s Digerate Media Relevance