Counting on Clay Shirky

If Clay Shirky is right about Here Comes Everybody, then this social media counter is simply the latest proof. Two astonishing things: Texting (SMS) is far more popular than searching Google (communication beats search) This is only the beginning — let’s see these counters in another 5 or 10 years The conclusion? Mass media is…

Nonprofits and engagement media

I’m out of the nonprofit world these days, but I’ve spent some years in it, so I’m not at a total loss as to how things work and how cultural norms accrue. I’ve got my opinions, to be sure. So when I saw, via FriendFeed, a post from Beth Kanter — Seth Godin’s Non Post…

Social Media ≠ Fundraising

This week a friend sent a link to an AP story — Is your Facebook ‘charity work’ doing any good? — focused on how nonprofits can’t expect social media/networking. This prompted one of my patented long-winded replies. I figured I’d share it with a broader audience here. These articles alternatively amuse and frustrate me. They…

Out of the mouths of (27 year old) babes

If you’re involved in public radio, this is required reading / listening. Jesse Thorn, host of public radio’s The Sound of Young America (which is really a podcast that happens to be on a handful of 25+ public radio stations nationwide), speaks with Josuha Benton (Nieman Journalism Lab / Harvard) about his notions of creativity,…