Survival Of The Fittest: Unemployment Armageddon

“The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.” Oscar Wilde

Oliver Blanchard (better known as @thebrandbuilder) wrote a kick-ass column yesterday. Sick to death (as am I) of the recent hoopla that exploded in the social space over this article, he blew holes into yet another piece of lazy writing that set out to prove why “young people can’t/shouldn’t do X”. It was a well thought out rebuttal, and he got me thinking about the flip side of the coin. Being of a rather *koff* mature vintage, and currently on the job hunt in the social marketing space, surely I have experienced the reverse effect – that old people can’t/shouldn’t do X either…? I decided I was going to write a post about it, and lemme tell you, I was *gung ho*! Continue reading

Start Sharing And Stop The Stigma

The Twitterverse is not immune to tragedy, and tragedy struck recently with the death of Trey Pennington. I didn’t know Trey, but, as the news flew through my Twitter stream, it became clear that many of the people who I value online did, and were obviously deeply upset at losing a great friend and mentor. It’s no secret that Trey was struggling with depression and personal upheaval in his life. It’s no secret now, that is. I’m sure there were many people who thought of Trey as an online “friend”, perhaps had interacted with him online for years, yet never knew how deeply he was hurting. And that’s social media for you. People allow you to see what they want you to see. And they hide what they don’t. Continue reading