I like to think out loud about communication—to theorize about trends in messaging, to comment on what works (and what doesn’t), and explore strategies that build on traditional and emerging technologies. Because people will always need to talk to each other.
I’m a communications consultant with a background in hard and social science (see my LinkedIn profile), and my approach to understanding how and why people talk to each other takes into account how content, delivery, sender and recipient are all variables in the “communication equation”. I’m especially interested in media and comms theory, data, storytelling, leadership messaging, advertising and hailing (ideology), and interpersonal and technical communication. Here I’ll draw on my experience and interest in bioethics, networked global philanthropy, techno-progressivism, journalism, genetics, and popular culture. But don’t worry, it’s not as dry as it seems. Breaking down messages can be exciting, fulfilling, even frightening, depending on, well, lots of things. That’s something I hope to uncover here.
I’m inspired by the phrase, “the medium is the message”, coined by media theorist Marshall McLuhan, where the mode of delivery (medium) shapes the meaning and trajectory of a message, and vice versa. Our messages define us, individually and collectively. The resulting relationship between technology and messaging continues to shed more light on the intricacies of human relations and motivation, and with any luck we’ll use this knowledge to master the messages that bring us all together and move society forward.
I hope you find my posts thought-provoking, and that you’ll join me in sharing your stories and asking some serious questions! Until then -
See you on campus,