Big Ideas and MediaGlyphs

[ by Charles Cameron — Mad Scientist asks, John Robb responds] . Today’s call and response comes to me via two blog posts that followed one another in my RSS feed — in the reverse order to the one I read them in. I’ve straightened that out so response now follows call for your convenience. […] Read more »

Net gains in Turkey and Iran?

[ by Charles Cameron — when two data points contradict a trend, what’s up? ] . Gotta love the graphic of “Twitter being written into the ancient Persian Cyrus Cylinder in an animation film for Farsi Twitter, highlighting the platforms importance for communications in Iran” (upper panel, below): — and there’s something faintly Escherian about […] Read more »

Trolls not Elves: a Putinesque Christmas

[ by Charles Cameron — a factory for words — ugh! ] . ** In American folklore, a Christmas elf is a diminutive creature (elf) that lives with Santa Claus in the North Pole and acts as his helper. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty has a fasacinating account in which One Professional Russian Troll […] Read more »

Variations on the Blue Screen of Death

[ by Charles Cameron — where would we be without our digital devices, minds & memories? ] . Two converging thoughts, the first from John Robb at Global Guerrillas: Over the weekend, ISIS threatened the life of Jack Dorsey, a co-founder and Chairman of Twitter. Why? Twitter, at the urging of the US government, has […] Read more »

Lewis Shepherd on the IC/Mil/NatSec Potential of Holographic Computing

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Lewis Shepherd, formerly of the DIA and IC and recently of Microsoft, has an outstanding post on Microsoft’s exciting ambient/holographic computing interface HoloLens. What I saw in the videos is stunning and I then ran them by an extremely tough, tech savvy and jaded audience – my students – their […] Read more »

Digital Diplomacy: What are we Trying to Achieve?

Creating awareness by spreading information through these tools is not a guarantor of success. Getting followers, likes, and building an audience is definitely an important factor in using the internet for foreign policy purposes, but it is far from the end-game.

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Now, about taklif, and about parawar?

[ by Charles Cameron -- two learnings about Hezbollah, in process and with one question each ] . . The trouble with this internet thing is that it offers nonstop opportunities for learning. I hope my readers here at Zenpundit know by now that I’m an amateur (a lover) of the topics that I write [...] Read more »

It’s been a while since anyone last used a nuclear bomb, right?

[ by Charles Cameron -- keeping you in the "loopy" loop ] . There’s more ridiculous sloshing around on the web than I can hope to monitor, but my personal collection hit a couple of high points recently that I thought I should share with you. Did you know, for instance, that Israel recently exploded [...] Read more »

AQ Conference Call, 2: what a difference a week makes

[ by Charles Cameron -- all the AQ leaders teleported into this one cave for their annual conference, see, and spoke to reporters as they were leaving for "near" and "far" - no wardrobe malfunctions, though ] . Following up on my post, AQ Conference Call, 1… . When Eli Lake and Josh Rogin broke [...] Read more »