Posts tagged Social Media


How Social Media Killed The Moment

For quite a while now I’ve been fascinated with pseudo-vintage photography as popularized by Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc. For those of you who’ve never heard about them, those are (smartphone) apps that make your photos look as if they’ve been taken…

May 16, 2011, by


Nailing the Coffin on “Internet Addiction”

We all have heard it before that someone is “addicted to the Internet” and secretly fear that we might be in danger of turning into online junkies, ourselves. It’s what our parents had warned us from. Only now it’s not…

May 5, 2011, by


Logging in to Log Off: Non-Mediated Nostalgia and the Point of No Return

As regular readers know, much of my writing circles around the awesomeness of being connected, like being able to work from anywhere and get access to all kinds of cool people and information – and the looming recognition- that being…

April 29, 2011, by


Why Facebook is Not the Internet or: The Difference between Leading and Cheerleading

Where my last post about the Spam known as “Social Media Marketing” was targeting the side-effects of digital socialization very broadly, today I want to take a closer look at one platform in particular: Facebook. My latest book talks about Social…

April 26, 2011, by


Going Beyond the Vapor: “A Mindful Guide to Social Media” [FREE EBOOK]

UPDATE: This book now has its own homepage. Check it out here. Before I first went online, SPAM was already there. In fact, it sometimes seems to be the stuff that the Internet is made of. The most common form…

April 22, 2011, by


How to Steal a Fake Account and Get Offered A Job for Using it Like a Pro

Today I read a kind of story which I would like to read more often. It’s the story of a state-run television, Twitter and two normal people like you and me. Flashback to 2009: Marco Bereth (25) from Southern Germany…

April 18, 2011, by


For A Fistful of Dollars: How the Religion of Money Fooled Us into Domestication

It was John D Rockefeller who said “I believe the power to make money is a gift from God” and he was not the only one who thought like this. In fact, it was one of the cornerstones of Puritanism…

April 12, 2011, by


Who Can Survive 24 Hours Without Internet?

It might be more difficult than you expect. Also, you are not alone. According to a new global study of university students by the International Center for Media & the Public Affairs (ICMPA) in partnership with the Salzburg Academy on…

April 8, 2011, by


How Social Media Leads to “Social Crash”

We have seen the Financial Crisis. We got bailed out into a hypothetical state of stability. But how to bail out when social network relationships fail? Introduction The more our relationships of networking and nurturing are being outsourced to the…

April 5, 2011, by


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


The Future is Here: Now what?

Imagine you start documenting something that changes faster than it can be documented. This is the experience I’m currently having writing the sequel to “A Mindful Guide to Online Living”, which zooms in on one aspect of the “Online Living”…

March 2, 2011, by

Online Business

The Rise and Fall of the Product Mindset: From Assembly Lines to the Service Age

In this article I want to share with you an idea that has been occupying me for a few days. Obviously, there’s much more to be said about this than can fit into one article. So we’ll have to do…

February 12, 2011, by