Stop (Social Media) Bullying NOW and Don’t Blame The Tools!

On Wednesday Amanda Todd from Coquitlam BC committed suicide after being bullied. (Read more about this story in the Huffington Post)

Amanda posted a video of her plight on Youtube 5 weeks ago – the best way available to her to cry out. Unfortunately help came too late for her.

Because the bullying against Amanda happened on-line, now many are quick to blame to blame the tools.

Social Media Is The Oxygen Of This Revolution #SyriaKelowna

As a Social Media consultant I often write about the How, What, Why and tips and tricks to make your experience more rewarding. As much as I love doing that Social Media is much more than that – it represents a fundamental shift in our lives – a shift that can be compared to the impact of the printing press or the industrial revolution.

With the help of many friends I co-organized an event yesterday that brought the struggle of the Syrian people into our small city of Kelowna, BC

Social Media Doesn’t Give Us a Voice, But Amplifies It

Social media is the revolutionary tool of the new millennium. Revolutionaries no longer wield swords or are on the attack like in previous eras. The Syrian revolutionary is in the form of a citizen journalist; one of the most noble, important and dangerous roles of the revolution. They are equipped with camera phones or maybe camcorders, and film tragedy on a daily basis.

#SMPanel Recording of the Panel Event on December 16th 2011

On December 16th 2011 I invited 5 Social Media users to talk about the impact of Social Media on Democracy – The video clips below are a documentation of this very interesting evening and I invite you to browse them or watch them in sequence. The idea for the event was in context with the recent municipal election but also with a CBC Media Panel

Panel Discussion: Social Media and Democracy

From the Arab Spring to the Recent Municipal Elections – the Social Media Revolution is reshaping our democracies – or is it?
Is Social Media a fad? Are the changes in the way we perceive and report politics less dramatic than they seem?
How do we deal with the influence of digital media channels?

Is Social Media a News Network?

It is easy to see that what we call Social Media today is well on the way to become a major factor in our lives. This change parallels our desire for taking charge of our lives. Social Media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube make all users equal. I (theoretically) have the same option to create a Media Outlet as the professional publisher.