99 Smartphones, 1 Red Wagon, Google Maps And More On CHOM 97.7 FM

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am on air at CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology, digital media and culture. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering on about what’s happening in the digital world. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • Sometimes the Internet gives us great gifts. Case in point: an artist wheeled 99 smartphones around in a wagon and managed to create fake traffic jams on Google Maps.
  • Have you heard of the meme “Karen” or “Karen the manager.” It seems like Karen is the perfect name (Becky and/or Chad are also in the running) to use as an insult. How did this come to be? “Mainly white women in their mid-30s or 40s. The archetypal ‘Karen’ is blonde, has multiple young kids, and is usually an anti-vaxxer. Karen has a ‘can I speak to the manager’ haircut and a controlling, superior attitude to go along with it.” Vox dives deep
  • I’m married. My wife doesn’t let me date. I’ve used that joke before. It’s not original. With that, it’s hard to deny that online dating – which was once considered something very creepy and for desperate people only – has come full circle. New data is out from PEW: 30% of US adults have used only dating. 12% are in committed relationships. With the good, comes the terrible reality as well. We’re not good people when it comes to online connections and being kind to one another. 
  • App of the Week: Dolby On.

You can also listen in via I Heart Radio.