This is from the New York Times this morning. Have We Hit Peak Podcast? It’s no wonder that the phrase “everyone has a podcast” has become a Twitter punch line. Like the blogs of yore, podcasts — with their combination of sleek high tech and cozy, retro low — are today’s de rigueur medium, seemingly adopted by every entrepreneur, freelancer, self-proclaimed ... Continue Reading about Have We Hit Peak Podcast?
On July 3rd I shared an image from an Independence Day celebration that’s a tradition in my home town. A colleague replied that celebration is difficult when children are in cages. On the morning of the 4th I opened Twitter to a short clip of a woman sobbing with the suggestion that the American flag is ‘bathed in our blood.’ Laurence Scott tells the story of a ... Continue Reading about Twitter’s Narrative Correction
The early days of Twitter and Facebook were all about early adopters giving ‘social media talks.’ For many of us these amounted to cheerleading over shiny new objects - fast moving talks that subtly oversold social media. Conversions from non-believers to believers were less frequent than we liked. We told ourselves folks 'just didn't get it.' Speaking for myself, I ... Continue Reading about How Not to Teach Social Media
Medical cyberpresence can be stranger than fiction. Case in point is the saga of Dr. Eugene Gu. For those who don't remember, Gu as a surgical resident positioned himself as a victim of white supremacy at his training program's institution. Last year his public world exploded as a weird medical pseudoreality involving, among other things, anonymous Twitter accounts ... Continue Reading about Eugene Gu and MedTwitter’s Strangest Hour
Making the Cut, a new surgical residency reality series is currently casting participants from the Los Angeles area. It’s the latest initiative to create made-for-TV drama where it doesn’t exist. If any of these residents asked, here’s what I would tell them about appearing on a surgical residency reality show: Your training is about you. Residency is the ... Continue Reading about Surgical Residency Reality: It’s Not About You
Recently I’ve been getting salty Twitter remarks about my ‘sympathetic views’ toward non-MD health care providers. These comments against advanced practitioners come from physicians working to take back the night and restore medicine to its rightful hierarchy. One confronted me with the absurd question: Are you willing to turn all of your family’s care over to ... Continue Reading about Against Advanced Practitioners – Medicine’s Social Pushback