MediaStorm: Story, art, passion, purpose

A few months back we asked each of our 2009 Game Changers Awards finalists to write about their projects, what they have learned along the way and what’s next. (Here’s the rest of the series). Somehow, amidst the flurry of conference preparations, this one slipped through our crack(ed) editorial process. But it’s important, so here […]

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Full circle

From The Economist: “A piece of the American experience has faded away. Fisher-Price, the toy company that used to market them, has just eliminated almost all the View-Master titles that have been a staple of young lives for almost 70 years.” I first discovered the world in 3-D on a paper disc and a plastic […]

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A URL can depend on your perspective

I like to play with word mashups that impart new meaning and metaphors, but sometimes you’ve got to be careful when you apply them to a URL. Like: www.newstools.org New stools? A furniture-maker’s site? Horticulturalist’s? Bishop’s? African chieftan’s? Informant’s? Or gastroenterologist’s? Creative capitalization helps: NewsTools. The site highlights the work of the Journalism That Matters […]

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Question of the Day: Battle of the Brews

McDonald’s has decided to pick a fight with Starbucks. In addition to offering espresso drinks to their billions of customers served, the fast food chain has launched a massive online/offline/outdoor marketing effort to distinguish itself from the world’s most popular coffee chain.  The concept is not original – Dunkin’ Donuts has been comparing itself to […]

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Just in time for tonight’s debate: The Live Remix

We’ve heard enough. That’s why we want – and get – something different from tonight’s final presidential debate. Sosolimited, three MIT-educated software engineers-slash-culture jammers, will remix the debate using software that allows them to sample and analyze the video, audio, and closed captioned text of the television broadcast. Through a series of visual and sonic […]

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Will printing drive new business to Scrapblog?

One of the loveliest social media startups I’ve run across in the last few years is Scrapblog. I say lovely because it’s well designed and design itself is a core value of the service and the user experience. Users create multimedia collages with Scrapblog, then share them with embed codes, just like you share YouTube […]

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