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Lately I’ve been adding more Twitterers to follow on Twitter (reading this just sounds so geeky, but I’m a bit of a geek I admit). One such Twitterer I’m now following is @adagencylayoffs, who tweets on, you guessed it, agency layoffs. Upon a quick scan, I was shocked, surprised and a bit deflated to read that CP+B, Leo Burnett, and others are going through layoffs. If you are looking for a job in advertising, you should follow @adagencylayoffs. At least then you might save yourself some time trying to apply for a job at a place that just trimmed their depts. down.

Because I’m looking for a planning/strategy job after finishing an internship @ Fallon, knowing that so many agencies are chopping their staff down, makes me less optimistic about my job prospects. Looking for a job as a jr anything, and especially a jr planner, is tough, but I’ll just have to keep up the hard work, figure out ways to hunt for leads more strategically, and hope for the best.

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I love this image.

Spied on WIRED by Josh McHugh. By the Swiss graphic designer Martin Woodtli. The image accompanies a story on Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson’s forth-coming book, The Superorganism. Given the color and intensity of the image, my first thought was that this WIRED story was specifically about art, a new technology, or music (something visually or tangibly creative). So I was a bit intrigued to read that it was about evolution and the idea of ‘superorganisms’, which, until five minutes ago, I’d never heard of. In a previous book also by Wilson and also Bert Hölldobler, The Ants, it is explored whether “large groups of animals [could] function together as a single entity with distributed intelligence? Did evolution work through such groups, selecting at the group level rather than the individual?”

Aside from sparking controversy and conversation in the biological world, it got web geeks and thinkers talking.

“Cybervisionaries saw in the superorganism an ideal way of describing the networked global brain that they were just beginning to imagine…Wired‘s Kevin Kelly drew on Wilson’s theories for the conceptual framework of the Hive Mind, humanity’s emerging cognitive interconnectedness. Even today, Kelly is writing about the One Machine and the Technium, a neologism he defines as “a superorganism of technology.”

This brings to mind the communication ‘processes’ and power of social networking communities when working as an entity across and outside of the web. Thoughts? I need to read up more on this idea…

Oh yeah. And now maybe I see relevancy of this colorful image. It sort-of symbolizes many (different) strands merging (converging?) into a single mass.

“Facebook in Reality”, amusing and fairly spot-on in its humanized interpretation of the social interactions possible within Facebook. (This was on the BBC Three show The Wall.)

Specifically, it paints a straight-forward story of the questionable actions we seek to make with our Facebook friends. For example, do we need to associate with our neighbor kid from five years ago, who said less than ten words to us when we were neighbors? Just because you and I share twenty mutual friends, should you accept my friend request according to this so-called social/digital connection? Because we’re within the same circle, is it a given that I be granted access to your private (or not-so-private) digital life?

These questions are not new, and they’ve been asked in various formats (face-to-face conversation, blogs, videos, etc) for years, but it seems they’re being asked more frequently now that more people are joining social networking communities.

Current TV created a hilarious, spot-on how-to for navigating the path to love in today’s text-addicted culture.

Watching (and laughing) at this video got me thinking…While I do a fair amount of texting in general, compared to my circle of friends, I still believe in actual phone conversations. When it comes to romantic relationships – potential and real – I appreciate the actual effort that is made on my behalf to better establish real communication. True, I shoot off a ‘casual’ text to say hello or what’s up? but in this day and age, it’s too easy to get lazy and use the text in place of real conversation. We need to gauge the nature/status/level of our relationships with those we want to reach out to and ask, ‘Is a text more appropriate or a phone call?’ Too much texting with too little real talking, or sporadic and random texting is a bit confusing, and borders on frustrating. Who agrees with me?

Though it’s been out for a while, I only just saw Blood Diamond the other night. I was watching with a friend and I mentioned Camp Okutta, which I wrote about in a previous post. For some reason I didn’t expect Blood Diamond to be so graphic, but what was I expecting, given the film’s plot. I’m actually easily affected by visual experiences – movies, (some) commercials, art, theater, etc. so not surprisingly, something inside me stirred when I saw the child soldiers in action. Whenever I see movies with social messages, especially when they’re based on specific world issues and force one to question what’s happening to humanity, I ask myself, ‘but what can I do? what could I do besides give money?’ and then I usually forget about the movie and my questions soon after thinking about those issues.

n18706979456_6198.jpgA month or so ago I joined Planning For Good, and more recently Planning For Good – Minneapolis as a volunteer planner. Planning For Good is made up of strategic thinkers (account planners, strategists, etc.) who want to help solve real problems for non-profit causes. In the past few weeks numerous individual groups specific to various cities have sprung up on Facebook. The goal is for each city to meet collectively and share thoughts and ideas for briefs and then eventually everyone puts their ideas into the ‘idea vat’. I’m curious to see what future briefs/organizations we’ll be helping. Unfortunately, I missed the UNICEF briefing/meeting, but I’ll be sure to attend the next one.

I’m discovering Facebook is a growing platform for not only connecting with friends, but for finding like-minded people who want to do more than just chat and say hello. Though I joined a while ago, I’ve only lately become more active on FB. There are a lot of silly groups on FB (I’m probably in a few) but there are obviously some worth joining. To any planner (especially junior, or student), I encourage exploring such groups and joining Planning For Good. Interestingly, in the past two days, I’ve had two senior planners suggest I join, though I’d already done so a while back. So I’m just passing the message on. Cheers!

Not too new, but worth posting –

Photosynth creates “multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features” which truly amaze. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrates its capabilities in this demo.

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Another example of the power of social networking sites/communities banding together to get what they want.

  • 14,000 users in ‘bring Wispa back’ groups in
  • 93 groups
  • fans posted 1980s spots
  • fans joined online petitions

The result? A temporary revival of the chocolate bar (23 million) to test the sales demand.

Ok, who wants to start a Bring Back Zubaz!! Facebook group? Shall I start it?


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