Fortnite, Racism, The Future of Gaming 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 – to decode the future. We discuss 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 about what’s happening in the transformation of our digital world. I’m really excited about these weekly hits, 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:

  • Is Fortnite the future of events? On Saturday night, my eldest told me that he couldn’t come to bed yet, because he was attending an event about racism in the video game Fortnite. The event was called, We the People and featured Van Jones (CNN) in conversation with Elaine Welteroth and The Atlantic writer Jemele Hill about racism in gaming. Hill then interviewed rapper Killer Mike (his speech at a recent press conference in Atlanta at the beginning of the George Floyd protests went viral). There’s much hate in the online gaming world, and doing events like this make sense. In the past, the gaming platform hosted concerts by Travis Scott and Marshmello. This is just the beginning. Would you attend an event in a video game?
  • Last week, we discussed how Facebook is dealing with many advertisers who are not advertising on the social network, until they fix the content (racism, sexism, fake news, etc…). I see this as (mostly) virtue signaling, but the pile-on this week seems to be individuals saying that they are quitting the platform, or using it a lot less. This has not been the case for me… how about you? 
  • App of the Week: Standard eBooks – “free and liberated ebooks, carefully produces for the true book lover.”

You can also listen in via I Heart Radio.