Back on Facebook

For those of you who have wondered if I have unfriended you on Facebook, the answer is no.

I deleted my account in February for a few reasons:

  • After tallying the amount of time I spent on FB, I realized I’d be more productive if I got off.
  • Nefarious marketing companies, including Facebook, had access to tons of personal information on me.
  • I found myself getting upset about inane comments people would make on the site.
  • Socializing online gave me less time for real-life socializing.
  • I didn’t want the highs and lows that come with “FaceCrack.” (Read: this and this.)

Yes, I miss you!

Even with all the above-mentioned issues I have with the social networking site, Facebook is an easy way to stay connected with friends who live far away and hundreds of former colleagues, students, classmates and coworkers who live all over the country and abroad.

So I’m back — sort of. Continue reading

One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat

One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat

My name and face on a Times Square e-billboard! That’s not something I ever expected.

Click on the photo to see a transcript of the webchat.

In my webchat, “Intro to DIY Mobile Journalism,” I explain how to use a smartphone to collect soundbites, nat sound, video clips, B-Roll, and offer tips on which apps and tools work best for mobile storytelling.  Continue reading

Emerson students living in the castle

(Yes, Emerson owns a castle in the Netherlands.)

“Life’s A Happy Song” – Kasteel Well Spring 2013 from Brandon Cardwell on Vimeo.

What do a group of students from Emerson decide to do amid finals? A musical act, of course. This is one reason why I LOVE Emerson. Emerson students are innately creative, upbeat, and full of life. I see several of my former students in this video: Renée Deschene, Courtney Tharp, Xandra Fileccia, Jackie Pauley, Mary Quigley and Beth Treffeisen. Great job, guys. One day I hope to teach at the castle!