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July 8, 2009

Social Proof: Random Dude Starts A Dance Party

If you can get a few random people to join your mission, and do so with passion, that's all it takes to change the (mental, emotional, and physical) landscape of an event.

If you can change the landscape of an event, you can change the landscape of a culture.

If you can change the landscape of a culture, you can change the landscape of a city.

If you can change the landscape of a city, you can change the landscape of a region, a state, and a country.

Social proof reigns supreme.

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July 11, 2009

Man Turns Tragedy Into Destiny

Dave Carroll undoubtedly got mad when he saw his guitar being thrown by an airline employee for United.

He undoubtedly got mad when everyone passed the buck and wouldn't work to help him get the guitar repaired or replaced.

But rather than telling all his friends not to fly United, Dave took a different approach.

He produced something quality from the experience. A music video. It's a catchy little tune, and the video was produced very well.

And now, as a result, United wants to listen to Dave. And they want´╗┐ to use this video as an instructional video for the luggage handlers. And Taylor wants to look at his guitar and see about fixing it.

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July 26, 2009

Have I mentioned Seth Godin?

My friend and mentor Mark Widawer introduced me to Seth Godin. I'm forever grateful to Mark for doing so.

In case you don't know, Seth Godin is a marketing genius, and someone whose ideas and principles you might want to take some time to learn if you're at all interested in the power of influencing others and becoming someone whom others follow.

One of his more recent posts is quite interesting, sent to me by my friend Patrick Shaw.

It starts like this:

I posted about an alternative MBA program that I was going to launch. Unaccredited, residential, free and six months long. A new way to learn about a new way of doing business.

We're almost done, and it has exceeded every expectation I had for it, and I think there are some broader lessons worth sharing.

Continue reading about it at Seth's blog.

July 29, 2009

Should News Be Free? Weird Question.

I'll turn 30 this year.

All things being equal, I haven't been on the planet that long.

But I've seen a lot of changes in a very short amount of time.

One big fascination for me has been to watch "old" media's response to "new" media.

Examples of it abound, but a couple of prominent examples include

  • The Recording Industry Association vs. Napster (and music on the Internet in general)
  • The decline of major newspapers around the world (particularly in the US)

The "old" guard wants to sue to make things right, and get back what's "rightfully theirs".

HELLO?

It was never really yours.

You built an amazing centralized system which allowed all of us to find out about music and movies and news, and etc. etc. etc.

Here's a great post that explains a lot about why old media is having such a hard time with things.
http://www.remarkable-communication.com/transparency-and-the-meatball-sundae/

Newspapers are a great example of "old" media which is dying out/changing form because of disruptive technology.

Reading the above led me to this post, asking the question "Should news be free?"

Should news be free?

I think it's beside the point.

Maybe it's because I went through the first part of my life with no Internet, and have had the opportunity to watch and participate in it's growth through my teens and twenties.

But the question itself kind of baffles me.

News, by it's very nature, is free. It always has been.

People have paid for the distribution and the quality of the writing, but news is free.

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