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Steve Rosenbaum

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Steven Rosenbaum is a Digital Content Marketer, Startup Entrepreneur, and Journalist. He is a Senior Advisor at Oakland DeSilva + Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, a New York-based media investment bank specializing in digital and traditional media, advertising & marketing. He's started and built five companies. He has directed and produced a slate of documentary films, most notably "Seven Days In September" - about the week after 9/11 in New York. And he's written on the coming together of tech and human skills in his book "Curation Nation" (McGraw/Hill 2012). As a lifelong New Yorker, and serial entrepreneur, he was named New York City’s first ever Entrepreneur at Large - by the Bloomberg Administration. Steve Rosenbaum is a Resident at TED in New York City and holds two patents in the areas of video curation and advertising technology.

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Articles by Steve All articles by Steve

  • Spike Lee Takes On The KKK, Trump -- And Race in Media Insider on 08/20/2018

    Spike Lee's "BlackKklansman" is a comedy -- until it's not. It's a history lesson, and a prophetic warning

  • Are You Mis-Informed? in Media Insider on 08/13/2018

    The fourth gathering of MisInfoCon explored the latest tools to identify fake news.

  • Apple Kills The SIM Card in Media Insider on 08/06/2018

    If Apple releases "unlocked" eSIMs on 2018 iPhone models as is expected, it loosens the control that mobile carriers currently have on customers.

  • Why Is The Right Dominating Web Video? in Media Insider on 07/30/2018

    Last week, both YouTube and Facebook gave the web video channel InfoWars and its editor Alex Jones a long overdue time-out, but it's important to put those actions in perspective. Back in March of 2017, Paul Joseph Watson - then InfoWars editor - tweeted, "I'm not sure the left understand the monumental ass-whupping being dished out to them on YouTube."

  • The King Of TV? in Media Insider on 07/23/2018

    The year was 1999, and at the Consumer Electronics Show, the talk was all about a newfangled device called the digital video recorder: the DVR. Two companies were fighting for dominance in the space, Replay TV and TiVo. Replay TV won "Best of Show" and Walt Mossberg, writing in The Wall Street Journal, crowned ReplayTV the winner over TiVo in a head-to-head review. Anthony Wood, Replay's founder, was on a roll. He was the king of the world of time-shifted TV. He had seen the future, and built it.

  • Sun Valley Soap Opera: A Recap in Media Insider on 07/16/2018

    For the past 36 years, Sun Valley, Idaho has played host to one of the most exclusive gatherings anywhere in the world, which this year promises to have unparalleled significance.

  • Why I Fired AT&T in Media Insider on 07/09/2018

    I was with AT&T for 11 years. But yesterday, after three weeks of wrangling, hours and hours of phone calls, absolute lies from sales reps and managers, and two egregious price increases, I walked away.

  • Dangerous Speech: When Should Platforms Draw A Line? in Media Insider on 07/02/2018

    In its current incarnation, the internet publishes and amplifies speech with impunity. That was the idea: to connect voices and share ideas. But now, platforms are facing the reality that they may be fostering hate speech, bots, and trolls without any barriers or bumpers.

  • Can Curated Conversations Save Civil Web Discussion? in Media Insider on 06/25/2018

    The current state of conversation on the web is a wild and discordant mess, with name-calling, threats, humiliation So how did this happen? Is conversation on the web dead forever, or just resting?

  • We Are All Pod People Now in Media Insider on 06/17/2018

    Let's start with a confession. I sometimes feel guilty when I'm wearing my Apple AirPods. Wait, strike that. I often feel guilty when I'm wearing my AirPods. Why? Because I've created a private, portable, personal bubble of sound. It blocks out traffic noise -- which is delightful -- but it also blocks out lots of basic, human, polite interaction.

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  • Why Is The Right Dominating Web Video? by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 07/30/2018)

    Without debating that - can you imagine any version of the future where social media doesn't exist? Would the government ban it? (Trump is pretty fond of Twitter), would telco's or smart phone makers block it? Would public companies simply fold up their tent? How does that future exist? 

  • Why Is The Right Dominating Web Video? by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 07/30/2018)

    Well, I know who Rush Limbaugh is, if that's what you mean. But radio is wholly different. What you listen to is your business (unless you drive a cab and subject riders to it). Web video is far more interactive and shareable, giving it the tools to be amplified in ways that talk radio never had. Also, keep in mind some of that amplification is bots and fake accounts - so it's possible to think that a post is 'popular' and 'lots of people agree' when it may be those likes and shares are all part of plan to game social media. 

  • Trevor Noah's Attack On Free Speech by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 05/14/2018)

    Hey Tony, I feel your pain. I had a very similar experience with a film of mine a few years back. A distributor, whose rights to my film had expired,  sent a takedown notice when I used a clip from my film online. I had to get them to revoke it - even though it was my film. But that was a robot run amok. This is a human (it says "Manual" in the takedown notification). So whomever 4NoahYou@gmail.com is, they're the one deciding what journalists can post. So, the investigation continues! 

  • Educating Alexa by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 02/26/2018)

    Well Paula - I agree with you that we're allowing computers to do things we used to do ourselves. I can't remember anyone's phone number, they're all stored on my phone. Spelling is now pretty much spell check, and between Google Maps and my iPhone I've lost the ability to navigate with paper maps (though I could probably figure it out in a crisis).  Do I need Alexa, certainly not? But I'm a tech writer, so it's part of my job to try things, use new technology, and explore ideas even when they seem far-fetched. I still have my pair of Google Glass, and that was an idea that worked better in principle than in practice. 

  • The Gun Debate: A Marketing Battle by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 02/18/2018)

    if it's been "proven" - then why can't research be done since 1996?-> The Dickey Amendment is a provision first inserted as a rider into the 1996 federal government omnibus spending bill which mandated that "none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickey_Amendment_(1996)

  • The Gun Debate: A Marketing Battle by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 02/18/2018)

    Kenny, simply sitting in front of your computer and criticizing the government doesn't require much effort. Are you a disaffected Trump supporter? Wray was Trump's choice. Or are you a "Deep State" critic that want's to burn the Goverment down? Let's talk specifics. Certainly, no country, or government, or group of people is perfect. But I suspect that you (and I) are the beneficiaries of services, laws, and actions as we together try to make things better for our families and our fellow countrymen. You've got some options - you can vote, you can protest, you can run for office, or of course, you can choose to move to another country. But typing only takes us so far. So, what will it be? 

  • The Gun Debate: A Marketing Battle by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 02/18/2018)

    I assume you know that doesn't work for the FBI. Christopher A. Wray is the head of the FBI since August of 2017, before that, it was Andrew McCabe, and before that James Comey.  Robert Mueller was the head of the FBI for 12 years - two administrations - September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013, but he's now the  Special Counsel for the Russia investigation under the Justice Department. Any mistakes regarding the investigation of Nikolas Cruz would be under Christopher Wray.

  • The Gun Debate: A Marketing Battle by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 02/18/2018)

    So you're suggesting that every school, public and private, every church, synagogue, and mosque, every movie theatre should have an armed guard at the front door? Would they be paid, or volunteers? If paid, are you proposing a Federal program like TSA to do background checks, hire them, train them, and manage what would be a massive armed domestic security organization? 

  • The Rise Of Those Annoying Talking Robots by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 01/29/2018)

    Do you mean 'a letter' ie: print on a page with a stamp, or an email? More and more providers arent' accepting emails, they want you to fill out a form.

  • CES 2018: Battle For Consumer Engagement by Steven Rosenbaum (Media Insider on 01/08/2018)

    Paula - I'm not suggesting that one company owning our access to IOT devices or your home is a good thing. Hardly. But as we've seen with Apple, Google, Samsung, and Amazon - the decision that each of them wants to have users 'captured' in their ecosystem seems now a foregone conclusion. in fact, Amazon is the most open and inclusive of all of them. But your concerns are certainly not without merit. Lord of the Flies indeed. 

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