The Importance of Questioning

As children, our insatiable curiosity manifested itself in the persistent asking of “Why?”. This was often, if not always, met with the definitive, “Because I said so.” Hearing this answer repeatedly throughout our formative years taught us not to question authority – be it parents, coaches or teachers. While this blind adherence to authority may have kept us safe as children, it all too often remains persistent throughout adolescence and adulthood – either consciously or subconsciously.

The New Era of Social Isolationism

Well, it’s official.  If we didn’t already know it for a fact, this recent New York Times business story predicting that digital advertising will surpass television advertising by the end of 2017 confirmed it.  We’ve become a society of isolationists.  Not political isolationists, but Social Isolationists.  We’ve become a society of individuals who spend more and more of their time isolated in a world unto themselves, absorbing content in highly customized ways on our laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Sharing is Good. Speaking is Better.

Those of you who chose to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Facebook know that, for the most part, I’ve maintained a pretty low profile over the last four years.  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t checked in or that I don’t notice your posts.  It just means that I’ve been watching, observing, and even studying what the vast majority of us do on all social media platforms.

The Importance of Creativity in an Age of Clutter

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the role creativity plays in a communications era that is becoming increasingly decentralized, democratized, and, by definition, digital.  Seemingly, everything about communications is changing from the time that I first suspended my fingers over the keyboard of an “electric” Smith Corona “typewriter” and prayed mightily that the right words would come to me.