Posts in category: Authenticity

A new low in leadership fail?

Even though I don’t normally write about politics, I have on occasion in my Twitter feed, lamented our political leaders’ disappointing lack of vision for the nation, civilisation and the advancement thereof. Our votes are often more about punishing an out-going...
Dove integrity fail

Dove integrity fail

I ran into a chemist the other day to grab a stick of deodorant. Dove is ok – or so I thought. They are the more socially progressive brand – notable for their ‘Real Beauty’ campaign that featured normal-looking women, and the retouching piece on...
Asking for a cynical response

Asking for a cynical response

I spotted this sign in a Singapore post office. I am guessing it is for a life insurance business. (Making the customer guess is not a good start.) The tagline “Your future is our priority” is just cynicism bait don’t you think? My immediate response upon reading this...
A case of say but not quite do?

A case of say but not quite do?

I walked past this bill board in downtown Perth recently. It belonged to a credit union and featured the tagline “Bank with us & we’ll put you first.” My immediate thought as I took the picture was: If they were serious about putting me first, shouldn’t they put...

The junk-food-ification of media and knowledge

In the early days of the post-tsunami Japanese nuclear plant accidents, the spate of sensationalised fear-mongering “news” was staggering to behold. Big scary words were used. Inflated comparisons were drawn with Chernobyl. Not to mention the cherry-picking of...

Flu shot debate – less about stuff, more about attention

Right after I wrote the post “Less about stuff, more about attention”, I saw this in the news. A pharmacy chain has started offering flu shots in-store for $30, without a doctor’s consultation or prescription. In effect, commoditising the vaccine. “what we’re...

Less about stuff, more about attention

Everything on the Internet is a copy. And “when copies are super abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can’t be copied becomes scarce and valuable.” The author suggests the following Eight Generatives Better Than Free:...

The duality of human nature

…the more religious a state [in the USA] is, the more likely it is to consume porn: “States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement “I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage,” bought 3.6 more subscriptions per...
Ethics and moral judgements

Ethics and moral judgements

Is it possible for us to be ethical without passing moral judgements? I am aware that many discussions around ethical business practices seem to revolve around what is “right” and “wrong”. This black and white approach makes things easier to discuss, but is...

Consistency of human nature

In her article World Vision (Autore Magaine Issue 6, ISSN 1832-9152), Justine Larbalastier compared the current use of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like World of Warcraft and virtual worlds like Second Life with the similar phenomenon of...

Social media on mobiles

Social media is about dialogue. Or technology-enabled socialising. People get together to talk about stuff that matters to them. To exchange ideas, discuss, and share opinions. Social media can “run” on different technology platforms: the Internet/web/PCs, and...

Creating vs replicating your world

This arrived in my inbox after I wrote this post reflecting on home ownership. “Our journey as human beings is not about following a pre-ordained path. Life doesn’t make any more sense when things are done ‘in order’… it’s way more exciting to know that you are...

I think I will stop buying design books

Most of the featured and celebrated work in web design books seems to be of a particular type. Flipping through a few at a bookshop recently: All the cool sites are image-intensive, Flash intensive, and generally text/functionality light – aside from the...
Fashion design drawing IS reality!

Fashion design drawing IS reality!

I stand corrected! See my previous post Toilet designed by a fashion designer. It does appear that the 9-heads proportion used in fashion design drawings is a realistic representation of women in real life. As French model Isabella Caro demonstrates below (red lines...
Merry Consumption-mas!

Merry Consumption-mas!

This is Christmas in a shopping centre in the middle of Orchard Road, Singapore. I have layered the image to emphasise the crowded chaos: Imagine a vast marbled hall, ringing with the screeching of excited shoppers as they paw eagerly through the latest lot of...

Brand essence or brand caricature?

When a brand essence is distilled to the nth degree, it becomes a shallow caricature. Is this a good thing? Can the 10-second elevator sales pitch be whittled down too much as to become a pale shadow? See this example – everything about Fox News in one image. Via...

What the f**k is my social media strategy?

See the funny at: http://whatthefuckismysocialmediastrategy.com/about.html Ummm … to answer this a tad more seriously, I would say try the following: Be social? Be open to actual conversations (stop trying to hog the topic or force the flow)? Have something...

Unboringfying brands (doing social media)

Most businesses and brands are boring. Doing social media is really an attempt at unboringfication. Most businesses have spent most of their time not developing a rich, deep, authentic and approachable personality. Let alone one that behaves congruently with clearly...

Don’t be cool

“Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.” Bruce Mau. Many of us as individuals spend so much time trying to be who we are not. Likewise, many (if not most) businesses spend great effort and resources on being...
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