Arthur Goldstuck

I love that damn meerkat, Croc sandals and Ronald Suresh Roberts

The world of social media and social networking likes nothing better than an underdog. No, not to rise to its defence, but to gang up against it. One of the most successful special interest groups on Facebook is called “I Dont care How Comfortable Crocs Are, You Look Like A Dumbass”. It has no less…

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What the Idols taught me about brands that should blog

Last week I had the good fortune to be on the same kulula.com flight as the last five contestants in the Idols 2007 season. I wouldn’t say it was good fortune to hear them sing Happy Birthday over the intercom to one of the cabin attendants, even if it was very sweet of them, but…

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The future of media

If we want to understand how communications could change in the next 15 years, we must look back over the same period — to a time before the cellphone and the internet. Only then can we appreciate and prepare for the potential revolution that still faces us in the future. Here is a tale from…

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Origin of the blog revealed

Scientists have found a 60 000-year-old neck bone that suggests Neanderthals were anatomically able to produce the speech sounds modern humans make … That implies that voice-production machinery has changed little over the past 60 000 years. – News report “You have reached the cave of Ak Ar. I’m away right now, but if you leave…

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Blogging Player of the Week: Charl Norman

Meet Charl Norman. At first sight, he doesn’t look dangerous. You might even encounter him at business or social events, exchange business cards and not even think of contacting the authorities. “Hmm, nice logo, you might say,” as I did, and then carry on with the business of the evening. Mistake. Charl Norman is a…

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Time to grow up, bloggers

Microsoft’s quarter-billion dollar investment in Facebook is a litmus test for the maturity of the social media and social networking world called Web 2.0. While it was fun for some (like Thought Leader colleague Ivo Vegter) to join a group of Facebook users who promised to quit the social network if Microsoft bought a share…

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Lucky and Patrick: Tale of two friends

They both grew up in small towns. Both had a burning vision. Both achieved acclaim on the stages of the world. But the manner of Lucky Dube‘s and Patrick Mynhardt‘s deaths told two very different stories about the South African reality. Patrick, who grew up in a small town half-an-hour’s drive from my home town…

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Lucky Dube: A complete human being

“South Africa needs a lot of love at the moment…” It is easy to react to Lucky Dube’s murder with outrage and grief. It is right to do so. I would also wish to celebrate the life of a friend. It is appropriate to do so in this blog, because Lucky Dube was an unheralded…

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All Blacks and France plan Facebook revenge

France and New Zealand may be out of the Rugby World Cup, but they have come up with a desperate new attempt to prove they remain a force on the international stage. In just three weeks, France has doubled the size of its regional network on Facebook, from 141 000 to 284 000. The New Zealand network…

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Blogging Player of the Week: What a schmuck!

The first blogger I knew didn’t call himself a blogger, because the word hadn’t yet been invented. Once, in the dawn of internet time, Roy Blumenthal was at the helm of “a hare-brained art prank” called Dirty Laundry, in which he created a web page asking people to send their dirty laundry to him for…

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