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The Melding Media Landscape: Digital vs. Traditional Media Usage Trends

1 Mar

The lines between digital and traditional media channels are increasing blurring and audiences are more fragmented than ever before, according to the third annual Media Myths & Realities survey of 1,500 consumers from the US, UK and Brazil.

Overall media usage highlights:

  • National newspapers are key info sources in the UK and Brazil.
  • Blogs are gaining traction in the US and Brazil.
  • Cable network news is growing in importance.
  • Shopping sites are information destinations.
  • Magazines are winners in Brazil.

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How to “Redirect” an Alzheimer’s Patient: Caregiver Tips

28 Feb

joindefeatdementiaHow do you “redirect” a dementia patient who wants to “go home” or  speak to someone who is no longer alive? How do you respond to a loved one who is living in a reality which isn’t yours? Here are a few tips that I posted yesterday on  Defeat Dementia, a Facebook group which provides information and support to caregivers of dementia patients:

• Don’t worry about convincing her that her loved one has already passed away, but to pay attention to the emotion she is expressing.

• Sometimes it is helpful to encourage the patient to talk about her loved one. Try questions like “what did you do with your (mom) when you were little?”, “What do you want to say to your (mom)?”

• Perhaps having a photo of her loved one available that you can look at together, ask her to tell a story about her loved one, might be strategies that would satisfy her.

• If necessary, some caregivers have tried a white lie, like “Your (mother) lives someplace else now.” or “I can’t take you there today. Maybe tomorrow.”

• It’s helpful to try to stay in the patient’s reality, and the death of her loved one is no longer a part of her reality, so saying her (mother) is dead only confuses her.

Source: UCSF Memory and Aging Center

For more information, visit the Defeat Dementia website, join our Facebook Group, visit the UCSF Memory and Aging Channel on YouTube, or check out UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center website.

The Top 25 Most Valuable Blogs

24 Feb

24/7 Wall Street just released it 25 Most Valuable Blogs list. Gawker, Huffington Post, GigaOm and Politico were among the leaders. This year’s list excludes blogs which are part of larger companies, those which are used as fronts for other businesses,  and blogs  that do not have revenue.  To assess financial value,  24/7 looked at unique visitors, pageviews, estimated CPMs, audience growth, revenue and operating income, among other criteria.

Here’s the list:

  1. Gawker Properties — $170 million.
  2. Huffington Post — $90 million.
  3. The Drudge Report — $48 million.
  4. Perez Hilton — $32 million.
  5. Sugar, Inc — $27 million.
  6. TechCrunch — $25 million.
  7. MacRumors — $21 million.
  8. SeekingAlpha — $11 million.
  9. GigaOm — $9.5 million.
  10. Politico — $8.7 million.
  11. SmashingMagazine — $7.7 million.
  12. SearchEngineLand — $4.5 million.
  13. Boing Boing — $3.6 million.
  14. ReadWriteWeb — $3.4 million.
  15. SB Nation — $2.7 million.
  16. Destructoid — $2.5 million.
  17. Mashable — $2.5 million.
  18. Alley Insider sites — $2.25 million.
  19. /film (slashfilm) — $2.1 million.
  20. The Superficial Network — $2 million
  21. Neatorama — $1.5 million.
  22. Daily Kos — $2 million.
  23. Talking Points Memo — $1.2 million.
  24. VentureBeat — $1 million.
  25. Wowowow.com — $1 million.

The complete story provides a lengthy description of the methodology used to evaluate the sites as well as more details about each of the top blogs.  Personal congrats to Om!

Hat Tips:

24/7 Wall Street

The Business Insider

How to Go Cable Free & Still Watch TV – Online!

9 Feb

Daisy Whitney today posted some great tips on tvweek.com on how to go cable-free – but still watch TV and movies — via the Internet.  Here are some excerpts:

Pick it up and dial your cable or satellite operator. Say, “I want to cancel my service.”

Then, turn on your computer and go to Hulu.com, NBC.com, ABC.com, CBS.com, Fox.Com, TheDailyShow.com, CartoonNetwork.com and so on and watch your favorite shows.

You also can go to TVGuide.com’s online video guide, AOL’s guide or Veoh, as examples, for lists of both TV shows online and Web-only programs.

If you want to get a little more arty, you can connect your computer to your TV. You’ll need to purchase the right cord for your computer, so ask at your local electronics store.

I don’t consider AppleTV a must-have for the cable-free lifestyle. The selection is still limited and the free proposition for TV episodes online is much more compelling.

You also could install Boxee TV … This software brings Hulu.com, ComedyCentral.com, CBS.com and other Web sites directly to your AppleTV and thus your TV set.

The one must-have is Netflix for your DVD fix. As part of the monthly Netflix fee, you now can watch more than 12,000 titles immediately online.

Read Daisy’s full article here.

I am using Boxee and am enjoying it from time to time. But I haven’t cut the Comcast cord yet, since I haven’t found a faster Internet-only solution in my area.

Try A Zen Moment of Creativity with Elements by Lunarr

9 Feb

I just signed up for elements, a new visual Twitter like service by Lunarr. Simply beautiful. Take a minute to explore the incredibly striking images and get zeninspired. Hideshi Hamaguchi is co-founder and is an expert in strategy and design, two of my favorite subjects. Here’s what founders say about the new service:

一期一会 We’ve brought the cultural concept of “ichi-go ichi-e” into LUNARR elements. It means “one chance, one meeting,” and is traditionally at the center of a Japanese tea ceremony. It’s the idea that you must treat your interaction with others as if it is the last time you will see them.

With elements, we invite you to come take part in “ichi-go ichi-e.” You will view inspirational images and quotes (elements) one at a time with the option of casting the image to your friends, which will increase the possibility that they will see the same element; or keeping it yourself if you like it.

The elements will gradually become customized for what you might find inspirational based on your actions, those you follow or those who follow you, the elements others cast in your direction and more. We also welcome you to become a catalyst of inspiration by uploading your own elements or clipping them from the web.

You can check out a few of my own photos here. When you join, you have the option of finding or inviting friends to follow, similar to the Twitter model.

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