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Jason Schmitt
Jason Schmitt is a journalist and professor at Green Mountain College leading the Communication Studies Program. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and concentrates his articles within the technology, music business, and innovation sectors.

His research and Ph.D was focused primarily on regional abilities to maintain creativity in the face of economic hardship, and he has lectured on this and other topics at institutions, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the American University of Paris, and the University of St. Andrews.

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Entries by Jason Schmitt

Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:59 PM

The music business was killed by Napster; movie theaters were derailed by digital streaming; traditional magazines are in crisis mode--yet in this digital information wild west: academic journals and the publishers who own them are posting higher profits than nearly any sector of commerce.

Academic publisher Elsevier, which owns...

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Communication Studies Rise to Relevance

(9) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:38 PM

At a college near you, at this very moment, a student is switching their major to Communication Studies. As an academic discipline, Communication Studies is posting strong growth in relation to undergraduate majors, undergraduate degrees awarded, student popularity, and number of institutions offering the degree according to a newly released...

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#Existence_Error: How I Refreshed the Page

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:55 PM

I bit hard on the hook of connected life. I am a media professor and started studying smartphones changing business behavior at the onset of personal digital assistants (PDAs) in 2001. I had a continual stream of the latest and greatest smartphones from 2001-2012 and was obsessed with ways of...

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Diluting Digital Activism

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Knee-jerk reactions neatly quantified into discernible rows of passive activists -- that is you and I sprinkled with a side of Twitter and Facebook. We want change, but we don't have time to make it. We are limited due to our affiliation within the Bored at Work Network (BWN) which...

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Job Cred: Social Media Certification Revs the Resume

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:52 AM

For the first time ever, the skill sets and resume building certifications that relate to the newest iteration of digital proficiencies are cheap, accessible, and increasingly credible. If your social media skills are behind the curve or if you are having trouble staying competitive in the job hunt -- you...

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Social Media Reels in Job Opportunities

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 6:45 PM

"Everyone is out there pretending they know what is going on in social media. They are all liars," says Eve Mayer, CEO of Social Media Delivered and recently recognized by CNN as one of eight women on Twitter who will inspire you. Mayer is leading my...

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Cyborg Utopia: Downloading IQ, Uploading Apprehension

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

"It's not that machines are taking us over -- they are helping us be more human," says Amber Case in her iconic TEDTalk "We Are All Cyborgs Now." With nearly 700,000 cumulative views, droves of people have...

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Amanda Palmer: You Need the Crowd Before the Kick

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 7:32 PM

Amanda Palmer is rewriting the script of business as usual for hosts of creatives in the newest iteration of connectedness. She has the artillery to deliver: 37,697 tweets have been shot off from her iPhone toward her army amassing 754,297 Twitter followers -- with new recruits growing steady at 1,000...

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Green Mountain College Has Oxen and Morals

(102) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 5:15 PM

Being a long standing Detroiter, prior to my family's deeply considered move to Vermont, I was widely accustomed to faceless, nameless food and meat of the lowest common denominator. I am now a new professor at Green Mountain College; a college which has recently accumulated a large stream...

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Karmin Holds the Music Business Hostage

(9) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Photo Credit: Farah Joan Fard/

The music that you make as an art form isn't in trouble at all; it's in great shape. It is the music industry and the music business that is in trouble. - Seth Godin


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Rock Music's Political Thump Turns to Thud

(18) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 8:50 PM

Maybe Van Halen killed it. Axl Rose's diva personality disorder certainly didn't help. Or, to get 99 percent of the readers on my side, maybe it was Nickelback that threw in the towel. The culprit is hard to pinpoint but the damage is done. Rock music as a genre is...

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Detroit Shakes Up the Music Industry

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 7:28 PM

An avalanche may be starting here in Detroit, a big one. Quite possibly, billions of dollars may be shifting from record labels' pockets into the artists' hands. Mega stars and one-hit wonders all may have a shot at a piece of the lucrative pie. Welcome to the wonderful world of...

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Rethinking the Music Business

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 12:56 PM

As the record industry started to dry up and die and the major labels were sort of crippled and starving -- it was a land grab. It was, "I just fired a third of my staff, and I am going to offer you half the money I would have last...

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What New Technology Firms Can Learn from Detroit Rock and Roll

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 3:37 PM

Detroit is one of those mother pools of true rock and roll. When you look at what came out of Detroit musically it may lead the listener to say what's going on in Detroit? What was in the water? Why wasn't it New York? Why wasn't it LA?

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Quicken Loans Turns Success into a Philosophy

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Dan Gilbert has figured a few things out for us. It is possible to be from Detroit and be successful. It is possible to create a workforce that is positive in this economic climate. It is possible to revitalize Detroit's downtown. And it is possible to go against the dominant...

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Detroit 2.0: Is It Enough To Get Them To Stay?

(5) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 3:48 PM

For the first time, Detroiters are starting to figure out what the hell is going on. We know our future is in a smaller, more nimble model of Detroit. We know our future isn't exclusively guided by the Big Three. We know our 139 square miles of Detroit city proper...

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Tenure is for Wimps: An Untenured Professor (re)Contemplates Life

(18) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 1:45 PM

I need to get this off my chest fast. I don't have much time. At the moment I am teaching eight simultaneous classes in the Detroit area at two colleges. I need to keep moving at all times. Walk along side me -- I can't stop to talk to you....

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Gluten-Free Made Me Smarter

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 1:47 PM

Nearly my whole life has been spent in a fog. As far back as I can remember I felt fuzzy. From first grade all the way through my 30th birthday. It was hard to concentrate, I was always horrible at memorizing anything in school, and felt anxious and shaky a...

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Droid Does Apps: Verizon Does Us All

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 5:34 PM

I got my Droid Incredible.

So now I am a whole discombobulated mess.

Pervasive digital media at my finger tips changes the equation. I now have access to the full breadth of information on the planet at any time -- at a speed which will keep my attention. Pushing...

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Radio Gives Payola a Facelift to Stay Afloat

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 3:52 PM

Radio relevance is dying. Last week Billboard eluded to the fact that hospice should be called -- album sales (as of the week ending May 30, 2010) are the lowest in Soundscan history. Read that as one of radio's main uses (to sell albums) has been whittled away.


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