In February I was invited to keynote at the Dallas Festival of Ideas. I spoke about the "Innovative City" within the context of Digital Culture. I wanted to explore how technology was empowering municipalities and citizens to better organize, communicate
This post explores some of my thoughts around concepts of Digital Culture. You can find the other related entries HERE. I recently fell in love with a television series called Black Mirror. It's a British television show created by Charlie Booker that explores
This post explores some of my thoughts around concepts of Digital Culture. You can find the other related entries HERE. In my last post on cyber-vigilantism , I wrote about the three elements needed for such acts to take place: The violation of a social
This post, is a part of my thinking and research for my new book, centred around the tensions between productivity and creativity. You can follow other related entries here. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you've probably noted
The Heroes We Need ? This post explores some of my thoughts around concepts of Digital Culture. You can find the other related entries HERE. One of my favorite moments in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is the final scene where Lt. James Gordon
Thanks to social-networking sites like Facebook, many of the people that otherwise would have drifted out of our lives can now be linked to us indefinitely online, keeping track of us in the virtual world even if we no longer
This is the second part of a series on social media by digital strategist, author, and speaker Rahaf Harfoush. Check out Part 1 The Evolution of the Web Persona Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, Pinterest, FourSquare, Google+, and Last.fm are just some of
In a world permeated by online social tools, individuals are willingly publishing more and more information about themselves. From the earliest iterations of blogging platforms such as Angelfire and Live Journal pages, people began discovering opportunities to share their thoughts with
By now, many of you might have seen the the JK Wedding Dance, the latest viral video to hit the web. The video shows couple Jill and Kevin's creative spin on the traditional entrance of the bridal party at their
The randomness of viral videos fascinates me. I'm always surprised at how certain clips seem to capture the public's fancy and quickly take off, amassing millions of views. What's really interesting is the set of responses that have been created when a video takes off. The latest one to hit my inbox is the clip called David after the dentist, a seven year old's funny reaction to being medicated after a dental procedure. At the time of this post it has already generated 7 million views! Here's the video if you haven't seen it:
Funny right? I love the part where he asks "Is this real life?" Poor little guy. Let's take a look now at the different ways that people interact with this video. I've categorized them into a framework that I'm testing that I'm calling the 5 Rs: Reposting, Remixing, Re-enacting, Reacting and Reinventing. You don't need to watch every video all the way through, but it's interesting to get a taste of the different types of ways that people interpreted and played with this content.
The easiest and most passive way for people to engage with this content is to simply repost a copy of the video on their own channel. This differs from embedding or linking the original video because it represents the desire for someone to create a carbon copy and pass that around. There are several copies of this video available already. People could do this for several reasons: to jump on a hot topic and increase their channel views, or because they like the video so much that they want to "own" it and push it out from their channel. Either way it adds to the viral-ness of the content.