Month: October 2013

Content is King… Forever and Ever (On Repeat)

Who coined the phrase ‘Content is King’? Ah, yes. Bill Gates all the way back in 1996, when I was eight years old. 17 years on and this still seems to be true – but this ‘King’ shows no sign of changing his ways or handing over the pen to someone else, entirely at least.

Too many Tweets, sire?

Too many Tweets, sir?

Like a lot of people, I consume content on the internet like a madman. Twitter is almost an impulse for me – if I can’t get to sleep I whip out the iPhone and systematically go through the latest 50 posts in my Home Feed on Hootsuite. Tweetdeck is constantly open while I’m at work and at home, just in case something pops up that I haven’t seen before.

Herein lies my problem, and the problem of other people who spend a lot of time reading free stuff on the internet about social media and tech.

People are writing about the same subject: cool. But they are churning out the same stuff as well!

There are some people who really, really know their stuff out there. They have gone to a huge amount of time and effort to nail down what type of approach to marketing really works on Google+, or the 5 things that you NEVER DO on LinkedIn when you’re looking for a job. Jeff Bullas is one guy (worth a follow, people!)

But they repost these blogs, over and over again throughout the day and night. I literally had to follow Jeff for a week and (I assume) he’d systematically shared his whole blog library with me! I stay tuned because when he has the time to squeeze another one out, it’ll no doubt be worth reading.

One of the people that know what they're talking about!

One of the people who know what they’re talking about!

This is turning into a moan, so I’ll bring it to an end. This is a shout out to people who really know what they are talking about – I know you’re busy and writing original content is extraordinarily hard work, but you risk alienating the people like me who see you in their feeds every 30 minutes with a post they saw yesterday!



Do people need people?

Being completely alone is a theme that’s been explored in films and books many times – and loneliness is a fundamental part of the human psyche. It seems like as well as food, water and Oxygen, we need positive relationships with other people.

One film that really got me thinking about this (and a lot more!) was Moon, directed by Duncan Jones and with just one actor: Sam Rockwell. I won’t spoil the movie, but I highly recommend it. It’s an AMAZING movie. Trailer below:

There are different circumstances in which a human being can be alone – maybe they feel alone because they lost a loved one or do not interact with other people as much as they’d like to. In extreme circumstances, people must endure huge amounts of time with little or no human contact. Take the next case.

It was reported in the world’s broadsheets today that Herman Wallace, 71 had been placed in solitary confinement for 41 years for a murder he insisted he did not commit. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled that Wallace had not received a fair trial because women were excluded from the grand jury that indicted him and he was released.

41 years. That’s a seriously long time. Solitary confinement is frequently used as a way to break up gangs that operate inside prisons, particularly in the US. It’s also a way to prevent people from committing suicide.

London deserted

What’s the point in living if you can’t talk to people? If you woke up, and no one was left on the planet but yourself, what would you feel like? I, for one, would not see the point in existing.

Would you?