For Immediate Release 84: the ‘limited return engagement’ episode

The Hobson & Holtz Report

Recording episode 84 of the For Immediate Release podcast with Shel Holtz yesterday evening was like stepping into a new – but, at the same time, familiar – room to start a friendly conversation.

It was The Hobson and Holtz Report again as we discussed a handful of highly-topical issues:

  • Will social media will be a significant factor in the snap election called for by UK Prime Minister Theresa May? We also considered the role of social media in the French presidential election.
  • Social media evidently had a larger-than-apparent impact on advertisers that pulled their commercials from Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor,” the US cable news network’s biggest show.
  • The Telegraph newspaper in the UK has launched a daily audio show specifically for the Google Home smart speaker/voice appliance.
  • Could Facebook’s AR, VR, add hardware plans spell the end for smartphones (and anything else with a screen)?
  • Google’s plans to add an ad blocker to Chrome could be a game changer.

In addition, regular contributor Dan York reported on a plethora of topics, including Mastodon’s growth and video ads on Twitter.

Links to all the discussion topics are on Contentle.

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This episode continues the “hefty but good” moniker, first used by our good friend Donna Papacosta, and which we attributed to The Hobson and Holtz Report that Shel and I presented for over ten years between 2005 and 2015, coming in at just under 1 hour and 40 minutes. (Perfect for listening during your commute – enough here for a return trip!)

We’d described this episode beforehand as “a special limited return engagement.” It was that indeed. But this has rekindled an appetite for more. Let’s not call it a ‘resurrection’ but let’s think that H&H might have a new future in some form.

Stay tuned, as they say! Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this ‘limited return engagement’ episode of the For Immediate Release podcast. Let us know your thoughts if you’d like to share them.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.