Episode 300: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the coronavirus crisis, including: The contrast in leadership between governors Andrew Cuomo and Tim Walz and Trump; Siri’s response to Do I Have The Coronavirus?; Smart thermometers that may be able to identify local outbreaks; Covid 19 pandemic maps; Twitter helping brands communicate during the crisis; a New York-based Chinese immigrant stepping up to manufacture personal protective equipment for health care workers; the responsibility of the media in broadcasting the White House coronavirus “briefings” live; Moe Williams’ daily doodles; Willie’s American Guitars offer two-minute guitar lessons on Facebook; Amazon limits non-essential shipments; the ENKI Brewing Company taproom goes curbside; coronavirus resources and free entertainment; pandemic gallows humor; Google’s California-only Covid 19 triage website; the two faces of Fox News; the Army’s social media manager gets canned; idiots that will cost lives; TV commercials that have not aged well in the coronavirus era; live webcams broadcasting deserted public spaces; the Department Of Justice wanting to suspend costitutional rights; …and much, much more.
Episode 298: BL and David discuss absurd Corona Beer Virus searches and fears; CNN weatherman’s face filter forecast; Giphy and Jif peanut butter’s Gif or Jif debate ad; students learning media literacy in school; Walmart’s reply to David’s Tweet shows smart earned media strategy; Stars & Stripes deleted by vindictive Trump; LinkedIn adds pinned updates; podcast rankings and Netflix rankings released; anti-Putin blogger assassinated; Leap Year baby finally turns 21; Greta Thunberg responds like a heroine; Bloomberg will send Trump a pink slip for you…and much, much more.
Episode 295: BL and David discuss “Cry Me A Cockroach” vindictive Valentines via San Antonio Zoo; social media savvy Astronaut Christina returns to earth; Seventh Generation’s brilliant State of the Union ad; Spotify’s podcast expansion; flirting with Tinder bots; how Netflix gets to the Oscars; Twitter squashes student’s parody, then apologizes; Planters Baby Nut banned; best and worst Super Bowl LIV ads; the Iowa Caucus debacle; hacking Google Maps; world’s worst job ad and world’s funniest resume; Clearview AI slapped with cease-and-decists; Celebrity Cruises’ clueless commercial; 2020 election disinformation wars; Edelman Trust Barometer…and much, much more.
Episode 278: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss French’s & Oscar Mayer’s ice-cream fight; the Minnesota Vikings ambassador employee; Pixel 4’s gesture control; the Oakland A’s PR investment; the global emoji culture; the great automatic advertizator that may put marketers out of work; what the top 100 Instagram influencers earn; Facebook’s fake 126 million; the great Cambridge Analytica/Facebook election hack is now a Netflix must-watch video; how you can get a Master’s Degree in Cannabis Science; the great Facebook re-naming…and much, much more.
Episode 269: BL and David discuss Coca-Cola bringing back New Coke for season three of Stranger Things and the new Stranger Things-themed Lego set; Vita Coco’s social media pissing match; Amazon’s plans for a voice-activated wearable for healthcare; Spotify’s new podcast production platform; podcasts finally showing up in Google search results; Burger King McDisses Ronald; Salvador Dali comes alive!; Facebook’s Actionable Insights; Apple Podcast’s questionable use of episode landing pages; Hershey’s desperate emoji bars;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.
Episode 265: BL and David discuss Google+ is sort of back; social media’s demise; how love disarms hate; Google’s free digital learning center comes to New York City; podcast transcripts from Google; podcast search from Apple; the new frontiers in voice; battling earbuds; Netflix magazine; Spotify gets grabby; new podcast studies and stats; Lego robots …and much, much more.
Episode 248: BL and David discuss China news agency’s artificial intelligence news anchors; Saturday Night Live’s #NeverForget apology; in-theater augmented reality game for Ralph Breaks The Internet; Tim Berners-Lee’s Contract for the Web; Bill Gates’ toilet reinvention project; Facebook Messenger’s Unsend button; video game horse poop physics; Chrome cracking skulls over abusive ads; the secret lives of Red Dead Redemption II non-player characters; Google My Business new features; MoviePass’ continuing messes; the story behind the Persistent Baby Bear viral video;…and much, much more.
Episode 243: BL and David discuss Serena Williams singing “I Touch Myself” for breast cancer self-exam awareness; celebrities mount #DefyTheName campaign to fight bullying; Netflix lets you choose your Black Mirror plot; Instacodes come to Instagram; Google’s former head of PR writes a hilarious satire lampooning big tech; IMDB TV beams over Amazon; the #UpsideTown contest prize is a dream trip; Pixel Groups come to Facebook; BrainNet is the next big social network; Facebook’s Hack issue spreads across the web; DeepFakes are disastrous; why you might want to pass on MoviePass …and much, much more.