Medium, Spotify and the Problem With Editorial Platforms

I know it’s shocking, but last week Medium pivoted again. With little or no warning, it informed publishers using the platform that it was discontinuing their ability to offer paid memberships to readers, cutting off a source of revenue and audience-building for many outlets. The rationale for this latest shift is that Medium felt the … Continue reading Medium, Spotify and the Problem With Editorial Platforms

Instead of “Busier,” How About More Engaging?

The solution offered here to the problem of youths engaging in “risky” behavior such as drinking or drug use is to basically make them busier at school. It’s couched in terms such as “increased graduation requirements” but what is actually being said is that giving these kids more homework is the key to keeping them … Continue reading Instead of “Busier,” How About More Engaging?

Contrasting AT&T’s “Work From Home” Commercial With Real Life

There’s a radio commercial that’s been bugging me recently. It comes from AT&T and is meant to sell its home internet service, promising lightning speeds and all that. Specifically, it’s targeted at the work-from-home individual, telling them that they’ll be able to deliver all their projects and engage in any necessary video conference calls without … Continue reading Contrasting AT&T’s “Work From Home” Commercial With Real Life

Forget Government-Run Interfaces and Focus On the Data

Let’s take Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief (for the moment) Mick Mulvaney at face value when he says it’s not the responsibility of the agency - and by extension, the government or taxpayers - to “run a Yelp for financial services.” That’s the justification he’s given for his position that a database of complaints against … Continue reading Forget Government-Run Interfaces and Focus On the Data

Mobile-Only? No. How About Better, Simpler and Faster

A recent contributed piece, which I won’t link to, on a prominent marketing blog by an industry “thought leader,” who I won’t name, encouraged marketers and brands to basically stop designing their websites for the desktop browser experience. Consumer behavior, he argues, has shifted such that we need to move beyond a “mobile first” mindset … Continue reading Mobile-Only? No. How About Better, Simpler and Faster

Need to Break Out of a Rut? Do Something Deliberate

I couldn’t find anything good to listen to. That’s quite a statement considering Spotify offers access to nearly limitless array of music in all genres, not to mention how my own substantial music collection is...well...exactly the kind of sampling I would curate if given the chance. Radio wasn’t working for me and neither were podcasts. … Continue reading Need to Break Out of a Rut? Do Something Deliberate

Why I Stopped Sharing On Twitter and Started Sharing Through Pocket

If you look at my Twitter account or LinkedIn feed, you’d be forgiven for thinking I wasn’t doing any sort of outside reading beyond the stories I use as fodder for blog posts or other stories. I don’t share curated news or anything there anymore, at least not like I once did, but I’m reading … Continue reading Why I Stopped Sharing On Twitter and Started Sharing Through Pocket