Gongol.com Archives: November 2013
Brian Gongol


November 14, 2013

Computers and the Internet New technologies promote the illusion of expertise
A lot of people have stumbled into a moment in which they appear to know something exclusive and valuable. These people call themselves things like "social media gurus". Their "guru-ness" comes from claiming special powers to understand and use tools like Facebook and Twitter. Many of them are so full of malarkey that they think they should be bringing home many-digited paychecks for their services, which often include making up nonsense words and rambling endlessly about "engagement". Here's the problem: These nonsense-artists are no different from the nonsense-artists who want you to manipulate others by twisting "you're welcome" into a psychological scheme. We need more actual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experts and a lot fewer "social gurus".

Computers and the Internet LinkedIn integrates Pulse into its services
They might as well get some value from their $90 million investment

Weather and Disasters The year in tornadoes
2013 was a much quieter year in Iowa than usual

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