Social media leaves us no time for sober second thought

How do you manage a crisis with little time between the story going public and reporters calling?

Social media leaves us no time for sober second thought“I’m on deadline!” the harried journalist yells. This is a euphemism for “I’m very busy.” There were also literal deadlines. An old-fashioned newspaper went “to bed” because the printing press was bolted to the floor on what was called the “bed.” The presses started running in time to get the newspaper out the door. It…

Constant interruption leading to lower IQs

We are paying the price in degraded focus for constantly being on our devices

Constant interruption leading to lower IQsThe pandemic has brought on new debates about the nature of work. We’ve seen fads over the decades – the predicted four-day workweek, sabbaticals, job sharing, full-time part-time, hotelling, working from home, and now hybrid work. All are euphemisms for not working 37.5 hours per week in an office. Seamless work really means you’re always…

How social media can help grow your business

How social media can help grow your businessLearning from the pros Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Amplify Your Business, produced by Amplomedia in partnership with Troy Media, will interview professional entrepreneurs who are currently in the trenches growing their businesses. Through insightful conversations, we will be unpacking their common business challenges and identifying the lessons every business owner needs to learn so…

Communication by device is not really communication

It has dulled our ability to have face to face relationships

Communication by device is not really communicationSomething is happening to human communication because of our reliance on technology. Technology is a mediating force – getting in between actual humans and their interaction. Technology also affects us physically and mentally. If you work on a computer all day, you are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome and a stiff neck. Use a hand-held…

Why do some people hold extremist views?

Exposure to material that advocates violence and extremism likely leads to it

Why do some people hold extremist views?When General Edwin A. Walker was fired, the evidence against him was very clear. He had been distributing right-wing John Birch Society (JBS) pamphlets implying that his President – John F. Kennedy – was a traitor. General Walker fought with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower over school integration too. The John Birch Society accused Eisenhower…

What to do when you see wildlife on urban trails

Four tips on making wildlife encounters of every description safe and enjoyable for all parties

What to do when you see wildlife on urban trailsIt seems one can’t swing a cat without hitting a coyote, a jackrabbit, a Canada goose, or a bear – and not just in the far-flung wilderness. Wildlife encounters are now common in cities, with urban populations of coyotes, skunks and Canada geese increasing throughout North America. Here are four tips on making wildlife encounters…

Hidden iPhone features that will make your life easier

Ten more hidden iPhone features will make your iPhone experience more productive

Hidden iPhone features that will make your life easierUsing these 10 hidden iPhone features will make your iPhone experience more productive and valuable: Choose Waze vs. Google Maps Show message send times Use Wi-Fi Assist Set app tracking for privacy Change the iPhone flashlight brightness Long press for top-level domain names Dial an extension for a telephone number Snap a photo during a…

Extremist views make for bad food policies

Unfortunately, the extremists are taking over

Extremist views make for bad food policiesNot a day goes by without seeing a group, or even a government, changing rules for farmers. In the name of the planet, animal welfare and our health, rules are changing despite our farmers’ knowledge and experience. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and it’s happening around the world. Farmers have long been regarded as the best…

Depression didn’t spike after initial pandemic wave: social media data

Researchers who used AI to analyze keywords on Twitter say people were more resilient than anticipated

Depression didn’t spike after initial pandemic wave: social media dataResearchers who analyzed language related to depression on social media during the pandemic say the data suggest people learned to cope as the waves wore on. University of Alberta researcher Alona Fyshe and her collaborators at the University of Western Ontario hypothesized that depression-related language would spike during each wave of COVID-19. But their study shows…

What we can expect from an online regulator

A cash grab by cable and satellite providers?

What we can expect from an online regulatorThe federal government is on the verge of further empowering the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as our regulator of Internet content, including as it pertains to streaming companies. To really appreciate the all-encompassing grasp of Canada’s soon-to-be online regulator, look no further than its history of managing religion and pornography. It all goes…
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