Trump's tweets: Why is he always SHOUTING?
- We know that Trump writes the way he speaks, uses a fourth-grade level of vocabulary and repeats simple phrases that present the world in black and white.
- Yet Twitter is a system of visual as well as verbal communication, and the visual dimension of tweets is highly relevant, given how image-focused Trump is.
- At the top are the identifiers (name, handle, photo); at the bottom, numbers that chart the tweet's performance in real time, much like the stock market quotes on Fox Business Network or CNBC.
- Let's look at Trump's tweets in this light, starting with his practice of writing words entirely in capital letters.
- Wherever they are in the message, the all-capitalized words allow this professional marketer to isolate slogans he most wants you to notice and absorb -- usually phrases connected to his aim of discrediting people or media outlets critical of him and his presidency.
GamesBeat Summit 2019: Dean Takahashi’s opening speech on gaming communities
- We’ve kicked off GamesBeat Summit 2019, our event at Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles, and I talked about our themes, motivations, and speakers for the event in an opening speech.
- We’ve used some of our money from sponsors like Facebook to bring interesting people here, like Lual Mayen, who went from refugee to game developer.
- We can put an emotional talk like Lual’s story of making games for peace, or the Xbox Adaptive Controller discussion about how everyone wins when we all play, right next to the conversation of Google Stadia leader Phil Harrison and Amy Hennig about what’s coming next.
- These are some of the people who can inspire the next generation and bring more diverse gamers and game creators into the fold.
- I think about the privilege I’ve had in going around the world to hear people talk about games.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon just released his annual letter to shareholders — read it here
- As I visit with our associates all over the world and ask, "Other than our purpose and values, the only thing that's constant at Walmart is ..." and they respond: "Change!" It's a powerful mindset, and our people have it.
- Our customers and Sam's Club members are being served by associates who are better equipped to create new ways of shopping and put today's technology to work.
Snap makes a comeback after the release of its rebuilt Android app
- The company revealed in its earnings release today that its daily user base has grown by 4 million people globally.
- This updated number is still 1 million people short of Snapchat’s peak user base since it went public in 2017, but this is still good news for Snap.
- Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said in prepared remarks that the platform reaches more 13- to 34-year-olds in the US than Instagram, but didn’t elaborate on why or how its user base suddenly grew.
- Snap had a big quarter that involved not only major product updates, but also the awaited release of its rebuilt Snapchat Android app.
- Today and at the summit, Spiegel said these changes could keep users on the platform for longer and keep them more engaged.
Digital media lifestyle brand Brit + Co is in financial trouble
- Brit + Co, a buzzy digital media brand for millennial women, is in financial danger after an acquisition failed to pan out.
- CEO Brit Morin, a prominent Silicon Valley executive who is also the figurehead at the core of the site’s brand, told staff on Monday that the company is dealing with financial issues after the acqusition talks crumbled and was until recently working to secure a last-minute investment.
- Morin told Recode that her company was not shutting down, but confirmed that it was laying off a large number of her staff.
- Morin, a well-connected operator who considers Martha Stewart an inspiration, has pitched herself as something of a role model for the new generation of media executives.
- Since starting the company at the age of 25 eight years ago, she has expanded Brit + Co into other revenue models like live events, online classes, and direct-to-consumer merchandise.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he made one simple change that helps him avoid becoming addicted to his iPhone
- Cook was asked about how ordinary people are touching their phones thousands of time a day during an on-stage interview at the Time 100 Summit.
- He agreed that many kids may be using their phones too much, and that this was the impetus for Apple's Screen Time reports, which rolled out in early 2018.
- Cook said he learned that lesson personally by reading his own Apple Screen Time reports, which lead him to make another simple change that keeps him from being distracted by his phone thousands of times of day: He turned off app notifications.
- These include disabling notifications on each app through the "Notifications" tab in "Settings"; using "Do Not Disturb" both manually (while at dinner or the movies) and setting it up automatically (like at bedtime); and selectively earmarking contacts or email strings as VIPs, so you are alerted to their emails and don't need to constantly check your phone for them.
The head of JPMorgan's $350 million philanthropic arm explains the challenges of investing in cities when Americans are increasingly wary of corporate influence
- Scher previously worked in President Bill Clinton's administration and as a lawyer in Washington, DC, before JPM CEO Jamie Dimon recruited him during the financial crisis to run an emboldened corporate responsibility team.
- The key turning point for Scher's team was in 2013, when the bank launched both the New Skills program and investments in Detroit after it declared bankruptcy.
- Dimon also had Scher draw talent from throughout the company to spend weeks at a time helping form partnerships on the ground in Detroit, working with Mayor Mike Duggan and local entrepreneurs.
- "I think there's also recognition that we see that we want to grow our business in these places and, ultimately, if we're going to grow the economy of a France or Michigan or the greater Washington region, you can't have all these economic hurdles holding people back," Scher said.
Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back
- And with that he started planning a big event at the SFJAZZ Center auditorium in San Francisco to explain his process and to unveil the phrase he thinks will help people understand how computers are changing our lives and our minds for the worse.
- Harris thought Zuckerberg’s embrace of the phrase was a step in the right direction, and he was even more pleased when Apple and Google—which he calls “the central banks of the attention economy”—rolled out features to try to help people limit their addictions to their screens.
- Steve Jobs talked about technology as a “bicycle for the mind.” Harris’ argument last year was that the bicycle was now taking us places we didn’t want to go.
Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly hopes to bring some science to the Senate
- As a federal government employee, you’re restricted in political activities because of the Hatch Act. And for people in the military — which is, by the way, about half the astronaut office — there are added restrictions.
- I learned from that experience — and also being married to Gabby — the value of smart public policy that’s really rooted in real science data and engineering facts.
- I don’t want to speak for all astronauts, but I think a common theme among people who have seen our planet from space is a couple of things: we’re all in this together, and we have a very fragile planet that we live on.
- And I think often what we find is that the people we elect are making decisions based on politics and partisanship, and not really looking at the underlying reasons.
Shakespeare in the Bush (1966)
- I eventually settled on the hillock of a very knowledgeable old man, the head of a homestead of some hundred and forty people, all of whom were either his close relatives or their wives and children.
- Like the other elders of the vicinity, the old man spent most of his time performing ceremonies seldom seen these days in the more accessible parts of the tribe.
- As the swamps rose, the old men found it too difficult to walk from one homestead to the next, and the ceremonies gradually ceased.
- Early every morning, in the hope of having some serious talk before the beer party, I used to call on the old man at his reception hut—a circle of posts supporting a thatched roof above a low mud wall to keep out wind and rain.