Digital-first – a transitional strategy for traditional newspaper companies

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

After a haitus of more than a year, just starting to get back into surveying the News Media landscape.

Here’s a video from November 2011 where Jeff Jarvis hosts Justin Smith, CEO of Altantic Media, and John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, Journal Register, and Media News, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism speaking on the role that a Digital-First strategy has in transforming their publishing business models and operations.


Ad Targeting at AOL using Couchbase

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Nice presentation by Matt Ingenthron from August 2011 on ad targeting at AOL using Couchbase.

Slides for the presentation can be viewed here.


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Ellen Levy on pulling resources together to solve difficult problems

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

A very nice talk from Ellen Levy – VP of Strategic Initiatives at LinkedIn – at the Business Innovation Factory’s Collaborative Innovation Summit in 2007 on pulling resources together to solve tough problems. Levy talks about her experience as Director of Industry Collaboration and Research for MediaX at Stanford University. In her role, Levy wired together companies wanting to solve tough problems with interdisciplinary faculty members at the Stanford.

Anyway, here’s the talk.



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Interview with Dr. Daniele Ganser and Michael Ruppert on various deep political topics

June 12, 2011 Leave a comment

An extraordinary interview with two of my favorate deep political researchers: Dr. Daniele Ganser, author of NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe, and Michael Ruppert, author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. Their respective books provide a profound examination of the operation of the Anglo-European “deep state”. Anyway, here’s the interview:


Quantitative Easing Explained – the Bears explain

June 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I just love this video:


Bill Moyers 90-minute program on the American deep state, from 1987

June 12, 2011 1 comment

Wow, how little we’ve learned over the past 25-ish years. The following video is a 90-minutes program aired in 1987 by a much younger Bill Moyers, following the relevalations of the Iran arms-for-hostages deal:

Amazing how much deeper and pervasive the national security state is today after 9-11, as documented in this 2010 write up by the Washington Post.


Glenn Greenwald presenting on Wikileaks and “deep” power structures at the Lannan Foundation, March 2011

June 11, 2011 Leave a comment

The best journalist alive today IMO, speaking on Wikileaks at the Lannan Foundation on March 2011:


Birth of Modern Propaganda – Edward Bernays and The Century of Self

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

A fascinating series of video clips on the birth of the modern propaganda industry (rebranded as Public Relations) in the early 1920s – beginning with Sigmund Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays and the use of PR in America. Below is Part 1 of 4.

How’s this for an amazing quote from the above clip:

What the corporations realized they had to do was transform the way the majority of Americans thought about products. One leading banker, Paul Mazer of Lehman Brothers, was clear about what was necessary. “We must shift America,” he wrote, “from a needs to a desires culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things even before the old have been entirely consumed. We must shape a new mentality in America. Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.”

Wow. Holy shit! So that’s where the whole fucked-up consumption mentality comes from in American society. For more on Bernays and the use of propaganda in media and society, please see:

Propaganda – Edward Bernays, 1928 (reprint 2004)

Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, 2002

Captains Of Consciousness: Advertising And The Social Roots Of The Consumer Culture – Stuart Ewen, 2001

Taking the Risk Out of Democracy – Alex Carey, 1996

GNN Profile: John Stauber – John Stauber GNN, 2002

And for a truly scary video in the topic of propaganda as mind control, please see:

The Most Dangerous Game – GNN, 2003


Participatory Design/Co-creation – Liz Sanders presentation at IIT Design Research conference 2008

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Participatory Design and Co-Creation are powerful trends in Design. Here’s a video of Liz Sanders speaking on these topics from the IIT Design Research Conference in 2008:

For related material from Sanders, please see the article Co-creation and the new landscapes of design.