Parler, Free Speech, 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:

  • This may be the tech that I really want to play with this coming holiday season. There’s a new device called the SoundBeamer, that can put music in your head… no headphones required. Yes, a personal sound bubble that looks like a speaker, but only you can hear the output from it. Imagine, it’s not just for music… think about taking Zoom meetings, or working in an office with many people around. I have to see this technology in action. It’s almost hard to comprehend.
  • We had to see this coming. More conservative people in the United States feel like Facebook and Twitter are suddenly not the right place for their thinking (they don’t like all of the labelling and warnings that we discussed last week). Enter: Parler. A Twitter clone that is attracting a lot of conservatives and voyeurs for this social network founded “as an idealogical alternative to Facebook and Twitter,” according to The Verge. It has raced to the top of the App Store. Is this a viable alternative? When does the FCC and other media oversight from the government step in? Are we going to continue to let the leadership of these apps define free speech, and the facts? It’s getting messier online… and much more divided. 
  • App of the Week: Profile Pic Maker – make an awesome profile pic from any picture.

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