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Memorial Day, Draft Lottery, Reality TV, Flags

by Tim Berry

It seems like it often rains on Memorial Day where I live, in Western Oregon. not today though; it’s bright and beautiful. From my house, across a small valley, through the tall trees, I can see the flags on a cemetery on the other hill. A lot of the graves have flags today. I’m thinking about the flags.... Read More »

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Rant: The Insidious Power of Political Code Phrases

by Tim Berry

We all use language as weapons and we’re victims of political code phrases that manipulate and distort. One classic example is the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist. Or the battle of pro-life vs. pro-choice. What does “Wall Street” mean these days? We speak in codes and use words as weapons.  And I ask... Read More »

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Headlines: Naked, Vicious, Brutal, and So Forth

by Tim Berry

I was 26 years old. Married, already a father, but still, so young, and so full of illusions. I still thought – although I was starting to wonder – journalism could be about changing the world for the better. And not at all ready to accept the truth as Matt Kenny presented it to me... Read More »

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Viral Video Protests Objectification of Women

by Tim Berry

Another Friday video. I found this last week in my Twitter feed, embedded in an Ad Age article about the advertising conversation around this viral video. You probably already saw it. I could say that the objectification of women is important to me because I have four daughters, but no, it’s not just that. It’s because... Read More »

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What If You Answered Those Spam Emails?

by Tim Berry

In this TED talk, comedian James Veitch answers emails offering wealth in gold. It’s pretty funny, a nice 10-minute break for a Friday. I’m not happy with the ways this embeds on this blog, so if this doesn’t give you a good screen display in the resolution you want, then you might want to try... Read More »

Social Technology is Changing the Species

by Tim Berry

Living the Global Village Changes Us It’s 10 years now since Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near was published. The idea is that by 2040 we’ve integrated technology into our biology so much that we are a different species. I thought that was far fetched when I first heard it, but, on further consideration, we’re already there. Social... Read More »

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Real Cases: Paths Female CEOs Took to the Top

by Tim Berry

This is interesting: Harvard Business Review just published some research on how large-company female CEOs reached the top. The authors looked at the career paths of 24 women who head Fortune 500 companies. They do say they were testing the standard assumption that these women took “the most competitive business tracks, like investment banking and... Read More »

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The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

by Tim Berry

Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew,... Read More »

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The Global Corruption We Don’t See. Why Not?

by Tim Berry

Here is another fascinating TED talk. Charmian Gooch with Meet global corruption’s hidden players. I’m shocked. Take a few minutes to watch this. In case you can’t see it, you can click here for the original on YouTube. Read More »

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Do You Think You Can Copy Silicon Valley?

by Tim Berry

Doesn’t it seem like every other place wants to be Silicon Valley? We call the New York tech scene Silicon Alley, Portland is Silicon Forest, somewhere in Southern California is Silicon Beach, Austin Texas is Silicon Hills, and so on. There’s job envy, and growth envy. Googling “the next Silicon Valley” generates 46 million hits.... Read More »