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  • Kickstarter is now live!

    By admin on September 2, 2013
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  • Storyboard P – A New Breed of Dance

    By admin on June 3, 2013
    This video is my new favorite thing on the Internet.  Enjoy!
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  • This is What Winning Looks Like

    By admin on May 28, 2013
    Vice Magazine raised the bar considerably for independent journalism, with their on the ground, tell it like it is, style approach to documentary filmmaking.  Their lates from Ben Anderson on Afghanistan follows the same – now available on YouTube in a full documentary Anderson gives us a picture of an incompetent, uneducated, poorly trained Afghan army that is too disorganized, […]
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  • Peter Singer and Effective Altruism

    By admin on May 26, 2013
      d Peter Singer’s TED talk was just published on Effective Altruism.  He cites numerous examples of a global movement to combine the head and the heart – making rational choices to benefit the lives of others.  I felt particularly inspired by 80,000 Hours, a nonprofit that provides career advice to maximize your altruistic impact on the world.  The name […]
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  • Happiness and Meditation – Talks from Tibetan Monk Matthieu Ricard

    By admin on May 25, 2013
    Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been called the happiest person in the world.  More specifically, he scored highest in a particular part of the brain associated with altruistic love. By getting away from the ups and downs of reactionary forms of behavior, meditation allows you to be grounded in a sense of mindfulness.  It provides one with the inner resources […]
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  • Beware of a Deluge of Crap Content

    By admin on May 21, 2013
    Content seems like it has been on a decline for a while – lots of people posting content that is decidedly bad or in poor taste, and many are completely oblivious to how bad it is (that’s the point of the image above – what a great example). But now marketers have caught on too.  And content marketing is getting […]
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  • Entrepreneurship and The Myth of the Job Creators

    By David Passiak on May 20, 2013
    Like many people who have started their own business before, I hire out of necessity, not simply because I have more cash in the bank.  Yes, when I hire that makes me into a job creator, but creating jobs is a function of demands for products and services.  Why hire unless you need to?  Why not just keep more cash […]
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  • You don’t have to be dying to live

    By David Passiak on May 20, 2013
    Facing a rare form of terminal bone cancer, osteosarcoma, Zach Sobiech turned to music.  And what he created was both inspiring and beautiful.  Take a few minutes to watch the celebrity music video of people who felt touched by his life, followed by a short documentary.  Zach died today, May 20th. Here’s the short documentary – it’s worth every precious minute […]
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  • Live from Berghain

    By admin on May 12, 2013
    Some great new techno to get you through the work day
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  • Great New Mix

    By admin on May 12, 2013
    Check out the full interview in the latest V Magazine
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  • Social Media and the Golden Rule

    By David Passiak on April 16, 2013
    See “From Kabul to Boston” The Golden Rule—do to others what you would like them to do unto you—is considered to embody the values of the world religions. This core tenet in our shared origins and traditions is strikingly similar to the new ethos across social media that demands transparency and honesty from global brands and governmental organizations. Has human […]
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  • My New Tumblr and Next Books

    By David Passiak on April 3, 2013
    I’ve started a new Tumblr account.  Check it Out Here I also started writing two new books.  Both will be interactive eBooks created on Atavist, which is the premier publishing platform for interactive content that is longer than an article but shorter than a typical book (think Kindle Singles, but with pictures, videos, links and interactive maps). The Disrupt Revolution: […]
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  • Facebook Is a Trophy Wife and You’re Not the Dude

    By David Passiak on January 18, 2011
    I’ve worked in social media since before Facebook was introduced to Harvard undergraduates and the term “social media” existed.  Now a 50 billion dollar company, I’m consistently struck by the disruptive impact of Facebook’s executive decisions that force developers, advertisers, and corporate partners to rethink and adapt well-planned business strategies. Privacy settings, API changes, terms of service, user interface design—all […]
  • Why Twitter Makes You Smarter

    By David Passiak on June 28, 2010
    I developed my Twitter practices based on a decade of academic research on religion, culture, and emerging media.  Twitter can make you smarter if used correctly.  Here’s how: Identify Relevant Trends Publish 10-20 Tweets per day, a combination of retweets and originals.  At the end of the week you’ll have about 100+ to review.  Take time to synthesize what you […]
  • Is that a Social Media Guru or are you just getting old?

    By David Passiak on May 20, 2010
    Would you trust someone to produce advertisements for television because they can use your remote control? Would you hire someone to do print ads based on whether they could read a magazine? Of course not, that seems ridiculous, because everyone knows that television and print ads take a lot of skill, training, and expertise to produce. But look at most […]
  • Before It Was “Social Media” It Was Just Fun

    By David Passiak on April 24, 2010
    I worked at Heavy.com years ago.  We still have Heavy reunions.  They had beer Fridays, a young corporate culture, sponsored events like private concerts with MiniKiss, the miniature Kiss cover band, and it was a fun place to work. There was no such thing as social media, we did what intuitively made sense and went with our instincts.  I miss […]
  • Emergence – Pictures from India

    By David Passiak on April 23, 2010
    This is my first blog post after six months of travel throughout Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and India.  Where to begin?  How about pics of my favorite places – I’ll start with a few from India The above picture is of a Shiva sadhu.  He walks naked covered in ash, carrying his trident in one hand with eight-foot dreadlocks draped over […]
  • Off to Southeast Asia

    By David Passiak on November 2, 2009
    I will be traveling for the next several months in Southeast Asia and will be writing infrequently on this blog but devoting time to finishing my book, which I’m tentatively calling Buddha to Brooklyn – a Reluctant Memoir. The book explores my perceptions on the co-evolution of modern marketing and the social sciences primarily from the 1960s to the present, […]
  • Visualizing Sound

    By David Passiak on September 15, 2009
    I’ve always been fascinated with sound and believed since an early age that rhythms contained and could unlock intrinsic patterns to the underlying core of our being. In the above clip Evan Grant demonstrates cymatics, the science and art of making soundwaves visible. I found the patterns he unveiled to be strikingly similar to the ones published by IBM recently […]
  • iPhone MacWorld Cover From Concept to Print

    By David Passiak on August 17, 2009
    Cover creation from Peter Belanger on Vimeo. This excellent time-lapse video by Peter Belanger follows him and Rob Schultz in their collaborative process of creating a recent cover of MacWorld featuring the new iPhone.  Focus is on photography, layout in Photoshop, and design. It’s fun to see the actual execution of a creative concept from start to print – literally, […]
  • Simple Beauty of Mother Nature

    By David Passiak on August 15, 2009
    Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world – (song is Please don’t go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo. My colleague Jeff Malmad posted a link to the above video by Jon Rawlinson, a cinematographer and editor who specializes in documentary projects. His shorts serve as poignant reminders of the simple beauty found in mother nature. […]
  • Buddha to Brooklyn

    By David Passiak on August 13, 2009
    I rarely post about personal experiences but felt compelled to share and reflect. Last Sunday my good friend Pepe Lopez Waldron and I went to Blue Cliff Monastery to see the venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is in the U.S. for two months for a short tour. Thich Nhat Hanh joined the monkhood at age 16 and began […]
  • The Future of Visual Content

    By David Passiak on August 8, 2009
    A number of disparate stories and new technologies broke in the past week that sparked the following thoughts about the evolution of visual representations and content distribution. Japanese researchers from Shinoda Labs unveiled touchable holograms this week at the Siggraph 2009 Conference for computer graphics and interactive techniques.  The system currently mimics balls and raindrops, but watching the video above […]
  • John Hughes Died But Everything is Still Amazing

    By David Passiak on August 6, 2009
    John Hughes helped define my childhood and the generation that grew up in the 80s.  The above YouTube video brought chills down my spine thinking back to my teens and before the age of mobile communications, emails, the internet, and the archipelago of technologies and platforms that we call social media. I felt compelled to write something in tribute to […]
  • Trending This Week

    By David Passiak on August 5, 2009
    Despite a 34% decrease in sales Lamborghini continues to push forward and above is a pic of their latest model, the Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder.  Classic cool, the economy continues to be weak, speculation about Twitter, Brazilian Graffiti, and much much more in this week’s trends: Culture The Impossible Cool – classic cool, the way cool should be Brazilian Graffiti Mural […]
  • Rhythm and Universality and Short Thoughts on Twitter

    By David Passiak on August 3, 2009
    World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo. I stumbled across this video today and it made me happy.  You should watch it.  Bobby McFerrin talks about the universality of the Pentatonic Scale and how audiences always respond to it around the world. Jump ahead and I come to […]
  • Discover Music That Matches Your Mood

    By David Passiak on July 23, 2009
    Ghostly Discovery from Ghostly International on Vimeo. I’ve been a fan of Ghostly and Spectral records since the labels first launched.  I remember going to their parties in Detroit and Ann Arbor when I lived in my home state of Michigan, and buying their records when 99% of techno djs would gag at the thought of spinning with CD’s or […]
  • RIP Big Investments from People who Don’t Understand “The Internet”

    By David Passiak on July 19, 2009
    The Wallstreet Journal recently published an article proclaiming the end of internet investing. Author James Altucher’s wholesale dismissal of “the internet,” from MySpace to Time Warner’s selling of AOL to the troubles of Facebook and Twitter to monetize their platforms, is both alarming and interesting. I would agree with Altucher that “the internet” is dead as destination websites are suffering […]
  • Social Networks and National Security

    By David Passiak on July 6, 2009
    Britain’s new M16, Sir John Sawers, has been called into question due to information sharing on Facebook by his wife.  Entries exposed where they lived, places they frequented, personal details about family members, including a brother that is a known Holocaust denier, and his bathing suit of choice that led the Guardian to publish the story “A Spy in Speedos […]