In the April edition of The Hobson and Holtz Report, Neville and Shel discuss these stories:
- The advertising industry weighs in on an Ogilvy policy banning influencers from photoshopping their images
- A metaverse company plans to offer a form of immortality with its “Live Forever” mode
- Coca-Cola is offering a limited-edition drink that tastes like pixels and includes a Fortnite code
- Corporate America seemed bound for a more purposeful existence. Has it all fallen by the wayside?
- Elon Musk believes in unfettered free speech, a key reason he wants to buy Twitter. Is it a good thing?
- Research reveals consumers care more about how a company donates than how much
Dan York’s Tech Report covers how the Russian war against Ukraine is splintering the Internet (along with other tech-related fallout from the invasion); Wikipedia’s decision to stop accepting cryptocurrency donations; how much Jack Dorsey’s first tweet — initially purchased as an NFT for $48 million — attracted in an auction; the state of the Ethereum merge; TikTok’s rollout of AR capabilities; Spotify’s rebranding of its Clubhouse clone; and more.
The next monthly, long-form episode of FIR will drop on Monday, May 23, 2022. FIR “shorts” — episodes under 15 minutes — will be available several times each week.
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Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.
Links from this episode:
- Industry weighs in on Ogilvy’s influencer editing policy
- Ogilvy will no longer work with influencers who edit their bodies or faces for ads
- Metaverse Company to Offer Immortality Through ‘Live Forever’ Mode
- A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
- Coca-Cola’s new limited-edition drink tastes like ‘pixels’ and comes with a Fortnite code
- Coca-Cola’s tweet announcing limited-edition drink
- Nifty News: Meta wants 50% of NFT sales, Coke’s Metaverse flavor, and more
- Coca-Cola animation detailing its metaverse promotion
- Virtual Thirst Winner Announced (YouTube video of Coca-Cola’s 2007 Second Life promotion)
- Is corporate America no longer interested in purposeful business?
- Disney shareholder tells CEO Chapek to stop wasting money on ‘political crusades’
- Disney Fans Want Companies To Oppose ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill—But Not Take Drastic Measures, Poll Finds
- Elon Musk’s bid spotlights Twitter’s unique role in public discourse – and what changes might be in store
- How Free Speech Absolutist Elon Musk Would Transform Twitter
- Elon Musk talks Twitter, Tesla and how his brain works — live at TED2022
- Elon Musk Demonstrates How Little He Understands About Content Moderation
- Giving Back: Consumers Care More About How Companies Donate Than How Much
Links from Dan York’s Tech Report
- What Is the Splinternet? And Why You Should Be Paying Attention
- TikTok created an alternate universe just for Russia
- U.S. and Ukrainian Groups Pierce Putin’s Propaganda Bubble
- Russia VPN usage continues to soar
- Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
- Wikipedia community votes to stop accepting cryptocurrency donations
- Wikipedia editors don’t want your bitcoin
- ‘Jack Dorsey’s First Tweet’ NFT Went on Sale for $48M. It Ended With a Top Bid of Just $280
- Ethereum Merge No Longer Expected in June
- TikTok is rolling out Effect House, which lets creators make AR effects that others can use in videos, to all users after a closed beta test last fall
- TikTok is testing a “dislike” button in comments
- Instagram upgrades its DM inbox with music sharing, statuses, polls, silent messages and more
- Spotify rebrands companion app Spotify Greenroom as Spotify Live and integrates its live audio capabilities in the main app minus the interactive features