Posts in "CONSUME"

Considerations of Death

Death ends a life, not a relationship. Mitch Albom It is interesting to watch our considerations of death and the changes brought about by the influx of technology and social networks. In earlier posts, I’ve written about my own use of social networks and technology to understand how and when celebrities die. I’ve been struck…

Well-Being in a Digital World

This past summer I stepped away from social media for the month of August. I continued to use digital tools and spaces. Still watched YouTube. Still held meetings. Still taught classes online. Still sat in front of my computer for hours on end meeting, talking, writing, reading, and thinking. But, no Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Mastodon,…

Shades of Gray

At an early age, we are taught to tell the truth, no matter how hard it may be. As a parent, I’m busy helping my kids understand the clear difference between right and wrong. However, as we get older, the differences between right and wrong become much more nuanced. We all see the world through…

Hell Yeah…or No

Derek Sivers, one of my all-time favorite thinkers, has a philosophy on what’s worth doing that is helpful as you outline your goals and objectives. This could include what you choose to focus on in your daily interactions. It also includes the offers that come in each day to your text messages, email inbox, or…

Becoming Self-Actualized

Do you seek bondage or liberty in your daily interactions? In a recent podcast, one of the hosts was discussing the challenge of identifying long term goals and objectives in our lives. The host indicated that the main challenge is that many individuals, including most adults, do not know what they “want to be when…

How to Know You’re Not Insane

At times you might find yourself asking your smart home device if you’re crazy. When you’ve been emotionally abused or gaslit for a period of time, you develop mistrust in your own perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and actions. You don’t trust what you see, hear, or think. You’re told that you didn’t see what you think…

Combating Misinformation & Disinformation

We’ve been hearing a great deal about misinformation and disinformation in online, social spaces. These two topics differ on intent. That makes it much harder to differentiate. You need to know/understand what the purpose or sincerity of the sender. You also need to consider if you’re willing to question what they’re communicating…or if you’ll blindly…

When Critical Evaluation Goes Too Far

I write a weekly newsletter that examines the intersection between tech, education, and literacy. Several months ago, as the coronavirus started ramping up in the US, I covered the story of plandemic video that went viral online. As an Internet researcher, especially one that studies critical evaluation of online info…I thought this video looked bogus,…

How to Cultivate Self-Awareness

As you create and curate your digital identity, you’re building a digital representation (or multiple representations) of yourself. This means that you’re trying to think about who you are…or who you would like to be. When I work with students or colleagues in this area, they often come back to statements like “Who would want…