FIR ZoomChat 6: Short Memories

Last Thursday, Shel and I recorded the sixth weekly ZoomChat where we engage in informal discussion with FIR listeners. Each episode is typically up to an hour although I’m usually there only for the first 30 minutes (part of my Zoom fatigue management). This episode is just over the hour. In this episode, the conversation ranged wide as usual, from the fun and games of lockdown life with kids (and without grandkids); views on lockdowns far and wide across the…

FIR Zoom Chat 5: How We’ll Get Back to Work

The fifth weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. Our primary discussion continues to focus on coronavirus and lockdowns, and how communicators, businesses, and whole industries – automotive and airlines to name but two – are managing, although a shift in focus is emerging: getting back to work once this crisis is on the wane. And what might the new normal look like? Watch Now You can also listen to or download the MP3…

FIR 194: The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020

The April episode of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” continues the coronavirus theme from March with conversations about… Our experience being Zoombombed The role of social media during Covid-19 How toilet paper companies are responding to online criticism over shortages Microsoft’s belief that coronavirus will forever change the way we work and learn The UK Automobile Association’s belief that coronavirus will transform UK work and travel Emojis in the time of coronavirus The big data behind Disney’s magic The good…

FIR Zoom Chat 4: Zoom burnout

With so many people using video conferencing tools – especially Zoom – in their new-normal working from home lockdown environment, there’s a rise in anxiety and stress when it comes to using a tool like this as your primary method of real-time communication across the work/life divide. It’s leading to burnout says Angela Lashbrook writing in OneZero last week: When we’re already forced to conduct our work life via the same means, it’s perfectly reasonable to become overwhelmed when suddenly…

SDF 34: “If broadband goes down, we’re all screwed”

In the midst of coronavirus lockdowns just about everywhere, I suppose it’s natural for some people to wonder if the Internet can hold up and not collapse under the strain of millions of people suddenly working at home, schooling at home and playing at home, all during the so-called working day and beyond, for an extended period of continuous months. As someone who works for an organisation that’s all about the resilience of the Internet, I also suppose it’s inevitable…

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