Month: August 2012

Wired Magazine “Severs Relationship” with Jonah Lehrer

Earlier today, the Slate website released this analysis of Jonah Lehrer’s work for Wired magazine and its website. Wired commissioned the analysis after previous work by Lehrer published elsewhere was revealed to have been plagiarized or recycled – but, according to the report’s author, Charles Seife, “ decided not to publish my full analysis of my findings”.

Several hours after the report was posted on Slate, Wired announced that its relationship with Lehrer has been severed. (more…)

(Not so) Happy Labour Day: How Did We End Up Here?

Labour Day, as my colleague David Doorey points out, is the time of the year when labour relations and unions can be guaranteed a bit of media attention. The “state of the union movement” was something I was thinking about not just because of Labour Day, but  while following the recent bargaining dispute between the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) and Candu Energy, and hearing about the latest anti-union diatribe from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. (more…)

My Guest Blog at MARC

Thanks to the folks at MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) for asking me to be a guest blogger on their site this month. I’ve written a post on how and when men can speak out effectively about workplace inequality, which you can find here.

The MARC site has some excellent and very honest discussions taking place. I encourage you to take a look at it.

Late-August Industrial Relations News

Lately I haven’t posted a lot of news from the world of Canadian industrial relations – but suddenly, at the end of the summer, all sorts of things are happening. (more…)

The Lehrer Case, Part III: Being Unethical To Be Successful

I’ve written a few posts already about the Jonah Lehrer story – the case of the writer whose self-plagiarism episode blew up into a case of outright fabrication.  This story fascinates me because of what it says about how modern media organizations operate, how writing careers work, and more broadly, about another theme that I’ve also touched on before – definitions of “success”. (more…)

Shock of the New: Kate Bush vs. Her Fans?

British singer Kate Bush has had a singular, if not unique, musical career. Her first album came out in 1978, and her most recent album was released last year to excellent reviews. Her career has spanned radical transformations in technology, in the record industry, and in how artists interact with the public. But, as a long-time fan, I’m curious whether the reaction to her participation in the London Olympics closing ceremony marks the point where she might finally have to change her business model.


Update: Twitter at Conferences

In a previous post, I mentioned the initiative by the Academy of Management at the 2012 Academy of Management (AoM)  meeting to promote live Twittering during conference sessions. The listing for each session in the conference program included a hashtag for the session, assigned by the conference organizers, to encourage attendees to send Tweets about the session and the presentations.

The conference ended this past Tuesday (August 7), so I thought I’d look on Twitter to see whether or how the AoM hashtags were used. (more…)

This Week in Communication: The Organizational Control Edition

It’s been a busy week for organizations trying to control how people communicate, but an interesting one if you’re intrigued by issues of how social and electronic media are, or should be, used. (more…)