Would you drive through a major intersection with your eyes closed because, last time you checked, the traffic light was green? It’s an absurd question.
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Todd Herman is former Chief Digital Strategist for the Republican National Committee and Co-Founder of Crowdverb.com.
It’s no surprise that Steve Jobs worked until six weeks before he died. Nor is it shocking that he left behind a secret gift to Apple, its shareholders, and its employees: a four-year product pipeline, a reverse time capsule for future generations to open and see what will be --- versus looking back to see what was. This is what creative geniuses do, and it is how Jobs defined tech-cool and masterminded the single greatest comeback in corporate history.
By now every observer of American politics is familiar with the phrase "Fire Nancy Pelosi," especially the soon-to-be-former speaker herself. But even the wonkiest of political creatures will be surprised to learn how a software algorithm led to that meme entering the political landscape. What is bound to shock data-driven technology people is that many Republican insiders completely disagreed with the data, and thought that a campaign targeting Speaker Pelosi wouldn’t ignite public ire. This is the inside story of how Speaker Pelosi found herself the target of the brand of politics she has practiced for years, and how this may well be the year that consumer technologies chose a winning political message; it is also a warning tale to people in the public opinion and mobilization businesses.