As someone who works in media, I write a lot about it. It never ceases to amaze me how it continues to alter our daily lives. I don’t mean everyone, of course – some people are able to shun binge TV viewing, social media, multiple screens…but in general, as the media goes, so do we. [...]

Hey 20th century kids! Remember when we dreamed about a future where we could call someone on the phone and actually see their face on the screen as we talked? Hello Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook chat (and all the others I can’t think of off the top of my head)! The future finally arrived! But [...]

Now this is something that’ll give you start and get your blood flowing. There’s a lot of online scams and phishing schemes out there, but this one is one of the worst because of its effectiveness. This “ransom scam” stands out because the scammers are able to use a piece of your legitimate information to [...]

I’m always amused at how much weight we give to a little negativity compared to how we shrug off positive reinforcement. What do I mean? It’s the typical Amazon review game; I know people who stress and worry about purchasing a product with a thousand reviews because 10 of them happen to be negative. Or [...]

A couple weekends ago I went on a trip to Reno with family to watch a college football game and enjoy a weekend away from the normal trappings of home. For the most part, that’s what happened. The trip’s main purpose was to watch a college football game (our team – the Oregon State Beavers [...]

Ya know, the best way to get better at something is to do it everyday. I was reminded recently of my first attempts at writing, when I could barely sit down and write two sentences together, let alone write an entire article, or chapter, or section. When I started a local sports-focused website a decade [...]

Sometimes a popular kids character can teach an adult lesson. When the American Greetings company saw a chance to stick it to competitor Hallmark, they licensed their Strawberry Shortcake character to the Kenner toy company, who produced a popular line of dolls beginning in 1979. But they wanted brand awareness, so they explored producing a [...]

Hey! It’s time to save all those photos, videos and family memories. Also, if you use your social media account(s) for business purposes, you might want to download all of that content, too. A good case is being made lately about how important it is to own your own media and NOT rely on a [...]

If you think you’re a customer of free online services you’re using, think again. As Tim Wu put it in his book, “The Attention Merchants,” internet users are finally beginning “to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” What’s he talking about? He’s referring to what’s generally [...]

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