Do you know media theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s work? It’s intensely human. He’s intensely human. Allow me to transcribe a couple of key segments from this powerful TED Talk… Human beings are the problem and technology is the solution. We can’t think that way anymore. We have to stop using technology to optimize human beings for […]

Stuck behind the screenTransfixed in the smartphone postureFingers in formationEyes glued to the distant actionTo all the fascinating things happening elsewhereHappening anywhere but here Welcome to the Scrolling Society Bow your headNow, repeat after me…I love my phoneMy phone lets me be meMy phone doesn’t judgeMy phone belongs And I belong to my phone Games […]

Nature’s Way The deer and antelope are gone. On four legs, fast they fled. We don’t fish crappie from the man-made lake. We don’t grow corn, soybeans, or wheat. We stopped sending the kids to school. The teachers never returned from war. The stock market continues to soar. Who are you for? Bloated men stir […]

Why do we study history? There is more than one legitimate answer, but for many scholars and their students, history is a critical magnifying lens. When we look through the historical lens, we see not only our collective past but our contemporary situation with added clarity that leads to nuanced understanding. Last October, during “Chasing […]

Let’s travel back in time to the aughts. Imagine what would be today had the mainstream media simply never carried Don’s birther conspiracy. Don’s political traction is all media-driven. He has no grassroots base and no friends. All he has is an audience. Despite what he says, Don loves the media. He is 100% a […]


The person who runs the Communication Arts Twitter account likes to promote my writing. I am grateful. CA is the creative industry’s standard bearer, and each Tweet sent from @CommArts is seen by a segment of the magazine’s 81,300 followers. .@davidburn says the pursuit of brand truth is the real work of advertising professionals. […]

The world’s leading climate scientists warned last year that humanity only has until 2030 for global heating to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Thankfully, the half-black-half-white man who was […]

I hear a chorus of cautious and concerned voices in the mainstream media warning Democrats to refrain from pushing their agenda too far to the left. When you’re on the inside looking out, I suppose you’ll do that. Here’s what I believe: Hesitation kills and this is the absolute worst time in American history to […]

Texas Hill Country is the second most visited wine region in the United States today. Only Napa Valley receives more visitors on an annual basis. The expansive multi-county area west of Austin is home to dozens of wineries and the Highway 290 corridor from Johnson City to Fredericksburg is literally packed with possibilities. The question […]

Place shapes people and people shape culture. Texas writer and literary lion, Larry McMurtry, knows all about this premise. In fact, he has spent several decades making this geocultural reality his own truth and his books are both products of and reflections of The West. In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas is a book […]

If you were alive during slavery what would you do? If you were alive during the rise of Nazi Germany, what would you do? You can see where this is going… We, the American people, now know what it’s like to be lost inside of a fast-moving, all-powerful political coup. American democracy at the federal […]

Food is an expression of culture and the perfect medium for sharing one’s culture. Philosophers throughout the ages have waxed poetic about the nature and value of food. I like what Wendell Berry said: Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. Following our move to […]