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The most offensive part of this meme is its spelling!

Posted by Philip on 13 August 2014, 11:24 am in , , , , , , ,

George Takei, Star Trek's inimitable Mr Sulu, has been chastised by disability rights activists for posting a Facebook meme.

Said meme depicts, from behind, a woman standing from her wheelchair to reach a bottle of (presumably) wine, with the words, "There has been a miracle in the alcohol isle [sic]."

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Digitally native or colonised?

Posted by Philip on 20 July 2014, 1:12 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

Cartoon baby with iPhoneThe phrase "digital native" has evolved pretty effortlessly into the common lexicon in the last five years. But is it accurate or a misnomer?

The most relevant definition of "native" in this context is "belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent" (Dictionary.com). So do iPads, Facebook, X-box or anything else in the digital/online/connected world, to which we may refer to young people as being native, belong to them by birth, by nature or inherently?

I'm splitting hairs here, I know. The thought only came to me half an hour ago in a discussion with someone who may well be described is "digitally native," so it's not like I've thought deeply about it. But it's interesting to consider an alternative frame: that kids and young people aren't native to technology — they're being colonised by it.

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Training versus experiential learning

Posted by Philip on 9 June 2014, 4:23 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

Having just spent the weekend co-facilitating Be. Leadership and then attending a job interview this morning for a part-time communications position at a high-profile charitable organisation, I find myself reflecting on how much I do, and have done, that I haven’t actually been trained to do.

I began learning to facilitate about twenty to 25 years ago, using my counselling training — communicating through questioning and reflective listening one on one — and applying it to a group situation. The process maps almost seamlessly — all that changes is the content, from an emphasis on personal issues and feelings to social issues and opinions (though feelings also often feature predominantly).

When deciding to apply for the communications role I realised that, though not specifically, communications has featured in just about every role I've undertaken to date, but I've never trained in media or communications. From managing publications for the Human Rights Commission in the mid-90s, to promoting myself as a comedian, to writing and managing several blogs and websites for Diversity New Zealand and Diversityworks Trust, I’ve done it it all, from traditional media releases to social media and networking.

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21st Century communication clues

Posted by Philip on 24 April 2013, 2:20 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

I've said it before, I'm sure, how ironic it is that, in an age of so many means of contacting people, how difficult it is to efficiently communicate. Not only is it difficult to know which medium is best to use to initiate contact in different situations, it's also incredibly difficult to know if the person has received the communication.

Today I had two situations where I was waiting for replies to communication. In one situation I'd left a voicemail yesterday morning and had sent an email last night. A call this morning revealed the person had been unwell yesterday. 

In the other situation, an unanswered email I sent on Monday, and had to follow up this morning, turned out to be the result of somebody else not responding to my original email, which had been forwarded on.

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The media: should it reflect or create?

Posted by Philip on 19 September 2012, 7:01 am in , , , ,

It seems to me that the place of traditional media, especially the news, has changed in the last few decades. It used to provide impartial information about what we may have not known. Now it prefers to reflect corporate agendas by providing skewed analysis through dumbed-down entertainment.

To boot, the current roles of broadcast and social media seem confused.

Broadcast media enjoys creating a polarised reality, favouring particularly the dark side (violence etc). It could be much more accurately reflecting the range of negative and positive forces in society.

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