The Politics Of Building A New Social Network 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:

  • Politics alert. The former President of the United States is creating his own social media network that will go live in a few months. Many have tried this before (Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters comes to mind). Is it possible for this politician to pull this off? 
  • While most of our kids have become inundated by screen time (thanks, Covid 19!), it seems like we’ve all forgotten how concerned we were (pre-pandemic) with just how much time our kids were spending on screens and, more importantly, what content they were being exposed to (and the people that they were connecting with). Instagram is planning to build a version of their popular app that can be used by children under the age of 13. Instagram is owned by Facebook.
  • Remote work. Work from home. Hybrid work models. WeWork. There are many thoughts on what happens as the world gets vaccinated, and we get back to whatever “normal” work is. Google just announced a $7 billion bet on the post-pandemic office. In short: Google is taking more office space. They believe that “coming together” is core to its culture. I’d argue that it’s core to culture, innovation, and professional development. 
  • App of the Week: Zoom Escaper – you can self-sabotage your own audio, making it unbearable to others (and an easy out for yourself if Zoom is burning you out).

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