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That Didn’t Go As Planned

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Okay, so the whole #140conf seven posts in seven days bit obviously hasn’t happened.  I really shouldn’t promise something a) in the heat of the moment and b) when I can’t set aside the time to complete it.

I apologize to you, the few people who read this.  I have some of the #140conf posts as drafts; hopefully I’ll be able to finish and publish them in the coming weeks.

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June 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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The Power of Fantasy in an Age of Reality

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This is the second of my #140conf seven posts in seven days series.  Of course, this was supposed to be done on Friday (it’s now Sunday), so I have a bit of catching up to do.  For those of you that haven’t read the first post of this series, I’m going to write a post a day for the next week reflecting on some aspect of the 140 Characters Conference (except today, when I hope to write three to catch up).  The posts may be direct responses to the panels, commentary on the event, or something only tangentially related.  I’m not really too sure on what I’ll be covering each day, as I’m writing them shortly before I post them.  So what’s on the agenda right now?  The power of fantasy in an age of reality.  Also known as why fake people on Twitter can sometimes be more real than actual human beings. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 21st, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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Perceptions of the Impact of Social Media

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So this is the first of my #140conf seven posts in seven days series.  For those of you that haven’t read my previous post, I’m going to write a post a day for the next week reflecting on some aspect of the 140 Characters Conference.  The posts may be direct responses to the panels, commentary on the event, or something only tangentially related.  I’m not really too sure on what I’ll be covering each day, as I’m writing them shortly before I post them.  So what’s on the agenda today?  How the perceived impact of social media can differ from reality.

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June 19th, 2009 at 12:08 am

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Reflecting on #140conf

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So I went to The 140 Characters Conference.  Put on by Jeff Pulver, it was a two day conference dedicated to all things Twitter; you might remember it from some of my earlier posts.  I actually tweeted most of the conference from my phone, as I didn’t feel like carrying around my laptop for the two days.  My thumbs may have suffered some kind of repetitive strain injury as a result, but that’s okay.  If you’d like too, you can search for my tweets from the last two days to get a sense of what it was like to be there – that’s part of why I was tweeting at least.  Anyway, what follows are some of my thoughts about #140conf (as the kids on Twitter call it).  My apologies if I slip into twit-speak that you’re not familiar with – after two days spent in 140 characters, it’s might be a bit hard to get used to as much room as I want.

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June 18th, 2009 at 12:05 am

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Is My Twitter the Same as Your Twitter?

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Before we start, you should probably read How Twitter’s Staff Uses Twitter (And Why It Could Cause Problems) at Read Write Web.  You might also want to read How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live at Time for some background, but that’s up to you.

All done?  Good.

Now here’s my question: who says that the so-called “power users” of Twitter are using it the right way?  For that matter, is there even a right way to use Twitter?  Here’s what Read Write Web says:

What if the people working at Twitter Inc. aren’t using the service the way many of its power users are, though? … This could be cause for concern among power users who depend on the service as it exists now, much less for those hoping it will be developed for even more powerful use cases.

What I want to know is who set the rules?  Who says that we all have to follow them (no pun intended)?   Who decided that reciprocity rules the day when it comes to followers?  And who decided that power users are the ones I should be seeking to emulate on Twitter?

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June 6th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

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The Dynamics of Scheduling

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One of the common assignments during NYU Stern undergraduate classes is some kind of group project in the hopes that repeated group work will better prepare you for the corporate world.  Which makes sense.  It also allowes students to work on a more meaningful, larger project over the course of one semester than they would have been able to complete by themselves – such as developing an entire international marketing plan or creating a marketing strategy for a new product from scratch.  It’s also an opportunity to meet some people you might not have met otherwise. Yet for Stern students (and those of us non-Stern students lucky enough to beg/borrow/steal our way into Stern classes), these group projects come with one big disadvantage – having to schedule seemingly endless group meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 6th, 2009 at 11:11 am

Expanded Bio and More….

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I’m writing this post with bullet points because I can.
  • As mentioned before, I’ve transitioned over to a full installation of WordPress.org.
  • I figured this warranted a significant update in looks.  You’re now looking at a slightly modified version of the Carrington Blog theme (or the Carrington Mobile theme if you happen to be viewing this on a mobile).
  • I’ve updated the About Me page with a more detailed bio if you happen to be curious…..about me (were you expecting something else?).
  • You can e-mail me now! me [at] jedcohen.com – just replace the [at] with an @ of course.  Feel free to do so if you’d like!  Or you can always leave a comment below.  After all, my trackbacks get lonely sometimes.

I believe that is all for now.  Carry on!

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June 4th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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Are You Sustainable?

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Okay, so if you’ve been reading any a few of my previous posts, you’ll know about some of the pretty cool things I’ve done while I was at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study – like my tutorial (group independent study) on New Media, New Politics and the Future of Democracy and my colloquium (senior capstone) on the Role of Propaganda in Modern Democracy.  One of the other tutorials that I worked on while I was there was a social marketing venture that we called the Ademos Project.  The Ademos Project arose out of a final project I did for a Gallatin class my sophomore year called “Walter Lippmann and the Manufacture of Consent.”  Little did I know when I took the class that it would end up shaping most of my college career.

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Hello again world!

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I’ve just moved over all my content from my old WordPress.com blog to this one, which is a full WordPress.org install.  Please pardon my appearance as I get the look of this new blog up and running – part of the reason I like WordPress.org so much more than WordPress.com is its customization options, but it can take a bit of time to get right (especially if you’re as particular as I am).  Thanks so much!

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June 1st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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