It’s not a battle

Last year a journalist wondered: “Did Google just kill PR agencies?“. It was triggered by changes Google made to its search algorithm and what this meant for press releases. This year apparently “PRs are winning” because another journalist all of a sudden realized that PR includes the use of social media and digital publishing tools.

What hasn’t changed is that many journalists still fail to understand that PR was, is and always will be more than media relations. This is not a battle between PR and journalism.

We need strong journalism, and strong journalists who understand the impact of technology. It is important that more journalists and media organizations figure out how to operate in a world where buying ink by the barrel is not exclusive to them anymore.

Checkers and Chess in Mobile

It’s not fair to say that Apple is playing chess while Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and the rest are playing checkers. It’s more like they’re all playing chess, Apple is winning, but there’s a large contingent of the tech and investor commentariat who think the game is checkers and thus are deeply confused.
John Gruber, The Ecosystem Chess Game, March 14, 2014

I don’t always agree with John Gruber’s perspectives but The Ecosystem Chess Game is a recommended read. He’s right that in commentaries on the mobile market, there’s often too much focus on “apps” and not enough on the “ecosystem”.

Three hundred machines

Of course you have three hundred important machines more than we have for our daily lives, but other than that you are as dumb, as smart, as modern as we are.

Journalist Kurt Tucholsky wrote that in 1926 (in German – my translation) in an article addressed at a “dear reader in 1985″. His prediction was as true in 1985 as it is in 2014. I read his article while taking a break from staring at my computer screen.

Simple and efficient

LinkedIn sent out a message today that it is removing RSS feeds as an option to view network updates because “we strive to provide a simple and efficient experience for members”. Well, I use RSS feeds because they are simple and efficient. LinkedIn should have just said: “We’re removing RSS feeds because you are one of only very few people left in this world who actually use this feature, and we have no time or money to waste on supporting your backwards ways”. That would have been more honest messaging.