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The Sociology of the Internet Consumer (part 2)

Marketers need Sociologists. Actually, marketers should be Sociologists (or Sociologists should be marketers). When I was getting my Masters in Sociology and Anthropology in the late 1990s, we took on some interesting studies regarding interactions between people in online forums. Online forums were in their infancy, but that was at the time the social networking activity of […]

Why My Mother Loves the Internet

A few years back I did something that had serious ramifications for my family. There were unexpected consequences, some serendipitous, others just scary. It started as simple fun, but then became increasingly more intense. There were moments I thought we would totally lose control. But then things plateaued and levelled out. But for a minute […]

Your Really Long Password is Your Friend

I know that people have been writing about passwords, password management, password memory techniques, and password encryption forever, but I’m not done. Let me start with a few facts: 1) Our memories are limited. 2) Passwords are hard to remember. 3) Long passwords drive most people nuts. 4) Hackers want your password. It seems the […]

How Blogging Improves Social Media

When I created this website, I really wasn’t going to start a blog here. I swear. But then I read a friend’s Facebook update, or should I say updates. It started with one sentence about a morning on the beach. Ten individual entries later and three screens on my TweetDeck and I felt like I […]

Moral Panics and Facebook

When I wrote TranceNational AlienNation, my thesis that researches Trance Music culture in Israel and discusses the moral panic that ensues and targets the global trance community, I was surprised to find how easily people are whipped into a frenzy of panic by seemingly innocent events. Raves, drugs, youth culture in general, have all been targets […]