Five lessons learned from teaching a college course on social media 0

Until recently, my teaching background consisted of a chaotic seventh-grade Sunday school class, and a volunteer gig as an English-only assistant in a Spanish-only adult computer course. So when my friend Jesse Littlewood asked me to co-teach a course on social media at Tufts University’s Experimental College this fall, I felt totally qualified. Beyond my rigorous experience, I’d presented […]


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Getting schooled on social media 0

For the past couple of months, I’ve been co-teaching a course at Tufts University’s Experimental College called “Social Media: Participatory Culture & Content Creation.” It’s a survey course that examines the impact of social media platforms have on our relationships with ourselves, our peers and society at large.  Overused statement alert: I’m probably learning as […]


Winding it up 0

My favorite album title of this decade, maybe this century, is Parquet Courts’ Content Nausea. It’s a perfect summation of our modern reality, where we have way too much media coming at us way too fast from all directions, and not all of it is nourishing. But we keep consuming anyway, leading to inevitable discomfort, […]

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Vote for (and join) me at LavaCon 2015 0

For the past couple of years, I’ve attended and spoken at the LavaCon conference on content strategy and techcomm management. It’s a great event full of smart, interesting people from all corners of the web world. You can read my recaps of past events in 2014 and 2013, and find my past presentations on Slideshare. This year, […]


15 books I read in 2014, ranked 0

The deluge of ‘Top 10’ lists that arrive around the middle of December each year function for me – as I expect for most people – mostly as to-do lists for the year ahead. Over the next 12 months, I have plans to catch up on a lot of the books, music and movies I […]

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