The American Surveillance State

The American Surveillance State

Episode 308 – May 14, 2020


  • IKEA’s Furniture Forts
  • Twitter Labels Coronavirus Tweets
  • Bud Lite’s Stay At Home Geniuses
  • AR Contact Lenses
  • Future Of Restaurants
  • Brightcove’s Play TV
  • VR Collaboration
  • This Headline Could KILL YOU!
  • The Surveillance State
  • Facebook Ants
  • The Day Google Play Music Died
  • State Of Social Media Report

During episode 308, BL and David discuss reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which gives law enforcement access to online browsing data without need for a warrant; IKEA’s furniture fort plans; Twitter’s new policy of labeling COVID-19 tweets; Bud Light bringing back the Real Genius campaign; augmented reality contact lenses; the future of restaurants; Brightcove’s new streaming service, Play TV; free virtual reality collaboration; the negative effects of bad news; the Ants of Facebook; the day Google Play Music died; the State of Social Media Marketing report;…and much, much more.

Best Practices

IKEA’s Furniture Forts

The campaign includes a series of Ikea instructions for parents on how to make indoor tents, caves and forts for children cooped up at home as a result of COVID-19 quarantine.

Twitter To Label COVID-19 Tweets

Twitter plans to put labels and warning messages on some tweets that contain disputed or misleading information related to Covid-19.

Bud Light Genius Returns

Bud Light just brought back its classic tribute to under-appreciated geniuses—but this time with a new shelter-in-place twist.

Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

Mojo Vision is developing smart augmented reality contact lenses.

Meals Ready To Cook?

Restaurants are opening up their pantries to sell ingredients, like gourmet, boutique grocery stores.

Brightcove Launches Play TV

A result of cancelling their Play 2020 conference event, Brightcove is launching PLAY TV, a new over-the-top streaming channel that focuses on all things video, debuting on May 18.

Spatial Frees Up Space

And it’s adding support for the web, mobile and Oculus Quest.

Worst Practices

This Headline Could KILL YOU!!!

News coverage warps our perception of reality.

The Day Google Play Music Died

You don’t need to lose your Google Play Music account uploads and playlists. Here’s how to bring them into the future

The FBI Can Snoop Your Web Browsing

The government just got even more power to spy on your internet habits as millions remain quarantined at home.

The Ants Of Facebook

More than 18,000 Facebook users responded to a post of ants on ice cream, writing comments like, “NOM,” “SLURP” and “LIFT.TO.THE.QUEEN.”

Shiny New Stuff

B.L.’s Finds

  • Locl – New Google My Business software solution with free trials through May 31st, no credit card needed.
  • Kialo Edu – a free tool used by educators worldwide to teach critical thinking and facilitate thoughtful classroom debate.

David’s Finds

Weekly Numbers

State of Social Media Marketing

Social Media Examiner’s latest annual state of social media marketing report has been released.

B2C Marketers

Chart: B2C Marketers Use Of Social Media By Channel

B2B Marketers

Chart: B2B Marketers Use Of Social Media By Channel