Posts tagged communication

Lifestyle

Does the Internet turn us into Naysayers?

You’ve seen it before: Someone posts an angry (political) rant and it spreads like wildfire through Social Networks, the nervous system of the global wired community, flanked by equally angry comments, bursts of “righteous indignation” and lots of exclamation marks….

March 31, 2011, by

Language Learning

A Brief Introduction to Language Change

The abbreviations OMG, FYI, and LOL are now officially part of the Oxford dictionary. Does that mean you should write academic papers with titles like “OMG, Hamlet was bi-polar” or start every sentence in your job application with FYI? Maybe not….

March 27, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Here’s Why Online Relationships are Mostly Misunderstood

Recently, I read an article called “The Social Media Bubble” by Umair Haque, Director of the Havas Media Lab on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Its hypothesis: The Net doesn’t increase connectivity and social change. In fact, it leans towards degeneration:…

March 25, 2011, by

Technology

When Distraction is the Norm

Yesterday I read about a little program called Freedom that forces you to disconnect from the Internet. You set a timer to the desired amount of “offline time” and then you’re unable to connect until the timer runs out or…

January 11, 2011, by

Lifestyle

The Internet is not a Mass Medium. Or is it?

The term “mass medium” was coined in the early 20th century and referred to magazines, newspapers, radio & television broadcasts. I remember the times when watching an MTV music video on color television fried every teenager’s excitement-circuits, slouched in front…

November 28, 2010, by

Online Business

How to Start from Nothing and Gain Everything

John Irving, the bestseller fiction author once said that everybody is equal in front of  the white page. The moment you sit down to write, the page doesn’t know (or care) about your earlier successes or failures. You can not…

September 6, 2010, by