Author Archives: Edie

Hitting the Refresh Button

Dear Blog,  I have been neglecting you as I built and launched a new company called Social Media Attitudes which has, yup, another blog.  Talk about the shoemaker lacking shoes!  Or infidelity perhaps. Pick your metaphor.  In any event, I’m … Continue reading

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James Madison, John Roberts and Barack Obama walk into a bar…

It was a good day for Chief Justice Roberts and President Obama, for the Supreme Court, and for our country. As my previous post indicates, I think national health care insurance is a good thing.  I was watching  CNN at … Continue reading

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The landline phone: Casualty of the 2012 campaign?

Sometimes change is pushed by annoyance and inconvenience, not just cost and usefulness.  That seems to be happening with the telephone system. Surely I am not the only one to think it:  If I finally get rid of the landline, … Continue reading

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The Value of Facebook

Is Facebook worth more than $30 a share?  We will find out tomorrow and more importantly, in the days to come.  But it’s been worth a lot to me, so the question of what the value of Facebook is in … Continue reading

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Back in peaceful Merida this week looking at social capital

I am so happy to be back in Merida this week, to follow up on the article I wrote about the Other Mexico last month and to meet many of Mexicans and ex-patriates who wrote me with their comments about … Continue reading

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What’s different this time in Mideast changes?

Author Malcolm Gladwell told Fareed Zaharia on the terrific new CNN program Global Public Square (GPS) that social media role in Mideast uprisings was “overhyped.”  He pointed to successful revolutions that took place pre-Facebook, in particular the fall of the Berlin … Continue reading

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Bahrain’s Brand: When Moderation Dies

A brand is what you are known for, like it or not.  I write sometimes about country brands, and that’s essentially what I was describing in my Washington Post op-ed about Merida, Mexico two weeks ago – a place that deserves … Continue reading

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Questions about “the Other Mexico” op-ed

How did I come to write this article for the Washington Post? Every day in Merida, I had to write an essay for my Spanish course.  This was the piece I wrote on my last day of class, trying to … Continue reading

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Merida photos … and a note to Gov. Perry of Texas!

I’ll be blogging later to answer some of the questions raised by readers of my Washington Post op-ed.  It was also published in the Diario de Yucatan in Spanish. But in the meantime, here are Merida Photos by Noah Wilson.  He’s … Continue reading

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Social capital in the other Mexico…

Apologies for not blogging more recently but I was living and studying in Merida, Yucatan for a month. Here’s an op-ed I just wrote for the Washington Post asking why is it that this city in Mexico is doing so … Continue reading

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