Technology and Tragedy at the Boston Marathon

On 9/11, I was a grad student at UC-Irvine in California. I found out about the terrorist attacks from a professor on the elevator on the way up to my laboratory. I hadn’t watched TV that morning before heading to school. And remember, I was on the west coast, so at that time I was…

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Four Fundamental Ways To Think About Social Media

What do you say to a group of Georgetown masters’ students studying the future of communications and media? That’s what I had to figure out last week when I spoke at the Gnovis Digital Cultures conference last week (Gnovis is their journal). Frankly, I never know what to say in such talks when you’re given…

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Evidence From The White House 'Twitter Town Hall' That Twitter Is Both Cutting-Edge Tech Company And Old-Fashioned Media Company

This week, President Obama took part in the first “Twitter Townhall” event, hosted in the East Room of the White House. I was on the scene to take it all in. The event led to widespread general coverage (see articles from Forbes and Bloomberg, for example) and what could be considered a public relations boon…

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