Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?

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How dependent are you on Big Tech? If you’re like me, it’s an addiction. From online purchases to product reviews and news, we rely on our devices to purchase and to read. In the US, a handful of  big tech companies dominate the tech sector, and most of us, without hesitation or skepticism,  use one or more of their products or services. Who are these tech titans? Continue reading “Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?”

How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?

The European Union, a work of art itself in many ways, is addressing what media refer to as “copyright reform.” The consensus on doing this seems to be that the digital age requires such reforms and artists aren’t getting what they deserve for their content. Advocates include Paul McCartney, although it’s hard to accept he hasn’t gotten gobs of money without copyright reform. Web titans like Google and Facebook will be impacted, and so will anyone in the US working on music, blogging, news writing, and in other genres.

Why? Continue reading “How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?”

How smart are you about social media and Google?

Some days, when you find a quick answer to an annoying question, social media is a wonderful thing. Other days, when you get called some pretty bad names on a social media site (or even sillier, get an image of someone’s genitals sent to you), social media seems more of a curse.

Social media giants continue to enjoy financial success, and titans like Google basically control what you see on the Web.

Most indie artists have to rely on social media. How else would you build a supporter list, get the word out about your doings, and stay in touch with that supporter list?

There is an alternative, but it’s not the only viable route. Like it or not, you have to have social media.  Continue reading “How smart are you about social media and Google?”