Social Media as a change agent

One of the advantages of having a website with a ton of content about Dayton, going back to 2005 is you can sense what’s going on by seeing what people are searching for- and bringing them to the site. I check my stats almost daily, and if I see a lot of searches for someone, […]

In South Park we know our neighbors. It’s one of the incredible things about living in this neighborhood. Not only do we know every neighbor on the block, we know their cars, their kids, their pets. And even blocks away- we all know someone. Tonight, we’re having one of our famous Porch, Patio and Deck […]

Almost universally, the Dayton Daily News is hated by our elected leaders. You hear things like “they can’t get it right” or “the paper is biased” or “they misquoted me.” The paper is also incredibly apt at being negative, name calling and of writing for the lowest common denominator. Maybe that’s why they advertise the […]

The reason I hate the City Commission holding illegal work sessions (the Charter doesn’t provide for them, they aren’t recorded properly, and city business is discussed outside the official one-meeting-a-week specified by charter) is that good input might be closed out. Discussing things online- in an open forum like this- allows for all to read […]

A sea change is coming to international relations- and social media will be the engine driving the movement. The latest release from Wikileaks is a fascinating look at the good ‘ole boy/country club that’s making decisions on how the world turns: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the […]

Free speech is a wonderful thing- when you sign your name. When you don’t- and can hide behind a nom de plume and spew garbage it’s not free speech- it’s hate speech, and the Dayton Daily News is helping propagate it daily. So- let’s explain it: Ellen Belcher is an inexpensive courtesan, and a bad […]

In my last two appearances before the Dayton Daily News Editorial Board, I attempted to make a case for this site being an important part of representing the people- of having an open discussion with constituents about the issues facing their representative. I was written off as “a blogger” – as if it was a […]

It’s been interesting to watch how Wikileaks made the last big leak available, to traditional media first and the rest of us later. Wasn’t that the point of the web- access to everybody? But, in this information overloaded society- we still look to established sources and tools to evaluate and analyze data for us. The […]

In my real world job, I work in advertising. I’m active in my professional organization, the local chapter of the AAF. I’ve been in since day one of the planning of an annual event called summitup- where we bring social media gurus to talk in Dayton and try to school the masses on what social […]

When I first ran for Mayor, at the same time Mike Turner ran for Mayor- I talked about the return to neighborhood schools. Turner mocked me- saying it was an issue for the School Board. I talked about the effect it had on our community- exchanging racial segregation for economic segregation. I was told it […]