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May 5, 2017

New is the new old

Filed under: Perspective,Technology Rant,Unloading — Tags: , , , — Bryan @ 1:27 am

I’m always amused at conversations that lead into how a specific demographic has a special or implied, exclusive understanding about a specific communications technique. Just because someone knows how to upload a video to YouTube, this does not make them a Social Media expert (nor does it make someone an eCommerce expert because they sell doilies on Etsy).

For some people, today’s youth who knows how to upload a video to the Internet is akin to yesterday’s youth who used to help set the VCR. In each ones time they were both considered tech geniuses regardless of their actual skills.

As the adage goes: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

This applies to perceptions of any skills competency. Just because a person has an understanding of something you don’t understand, that does not make them an expert in a subject matter (and them being an expert in one aspect of a technology doesn’t immediately make them an expert in all aspects).

Bringing this back to the topic of communications. New doesn’t always involve doing something different. While the tools may change, the fundamentals have always remained the same.

Believe it or not, social media is just one of many tools available to achieve your goals and those old tools? Well, in some cases, they are still just as viable for communications as the new tools. Old is new. New is old. Rinse, repeat.

June 24, 2013

What’s been going on (2013 edition)

Filed under: Historical Rant,Unloading — Tags: , , — Bryan @ 11:05 am


Ok, so to begin with, back on November 30, 2012, a Wikipedia editor made the final decision that the Game Zero magazine entry was not only irrelevant, but lacking citations enough to warrant reference in the wiki.

At the least I was able to talk him into restoring the deleted page/talk page to a personal page on my profile which you can find here.

I knew this was going to happen eventually. If you’ve been by my blog at all or seen my posts around the web, I have complained for years about the black hole of history that is 1994-1996 that relates to the Internet.

I’m really proud of the work we did at Game Zero and how we laid the ground work for so much of what ended up being staples of web based video game review sites. Sure a lot of it was just common sense outcomes for the medium, but we did it first and people appreciated it at the time.

Oh well… such is life eh? Maybe at some point I’ll get the decision reversed.