Chat Republic revisited

Angelo Fernando - Chat RepublicI came across post of interview I gave back in February 2014. It was interesting to recall how I was really anxious about the downward spiral of social media, then.

Read the full interview here.

Two of those questions were:

PB: How did you come up with the title for your book?
AF: I was always amused hearing people repeating the phrase “If Facebook was a country” as if it was a thing to revel in. I have also been fascinated by the power of conversations and the spoken voice that, minus cameras and other distractions, conveys much, much more.

PB: What is the main message you want your readers to understand?
AF: My overarching message is that we risk losing what makes us human by being so distracted that we prefer to scan headlines in 140 characters, rather than dig deep into the issues. We risk losing the art of listening because we are busy thinking how we may craft the next ‘tweet burp.’ After reading my book, I hope my readers reconsider what goes on in the name of marketing communication, PR and corporate communication.

One more review of Chat Republic – “Long Live the Republic!”

Amazon review of my book, Chat Republic. The review is by Peggy Bieniek

“American designer, author and artist Edwin Schlossberg said that “the skill of writing is to create context in which other people can think.” Angelo Fernando does just that in his book, Chat Republic. Angelo gives his readers a lot to think about as it relates to our use and obsession with social media. He has included so much content, in fact, that he could have created a collection of books, each with its own conversation and tips about the many subjects that he covers in Chat Republic – podcasting, digital storytelling, communication by citizen-driven grassroots organizations, social listening, “democracy in the digital age” and so much more.” 

Read the rest of her review, here.