Can you tell a fictional “thinkfluencer” from a real one?

The author of 16 books on the topic, Don Tapscott has said a lot about technology over the years. Some was too #disruptive to be true

@ProfJeffJarviss Don Tapscott

Left: Avatar of @ProfJeffJarviss, a parody Twitter account satirizing Silicon Valley. Right: Canadian tech author Don Tapscott. (@ProfJeffJarviss; Charla Jones/CP)

Don Tapscott is the inaugural fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto and one of the world’s “leading business thinkers,” according to Thinkers50, the “definitive list of management thinkers globally.” His 16th book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World, was published on May 7.

@ProfJeffJarviss is the self-described “hyperglocal thinkfluencer and the cofounder the Mogadishu//ReinvENT unconference.” @ProfJeffJarviss also happens to be a popular Twitter parody account and occasional blogger who deftly skewers the pomposity of tech executives, thought leaders and just about anyone who’s given a TED Talk. Sample Tweet: “Serious question: why does Lesotho have a seat at the UN, when Coca-Cola doesn’t?

Tapscott and the Twitter account have a few things in common, though—mainly an unflagging belief that technology will improve our lives, and a penchant for sweeping statements and buzzwords. @ProfJeffJarviss even took note of a recent series of Toronto Star articles guest-edited by Tapscott.

That led us to wonder: is it possible to tell these two thinkfluencers apart? See if you can tell who’s responsible for each of these techno bons mots:

Who said it?


“Every baby should get a website.”

Don Tapscott, in this interview.

“With the full support of Apple and Google, and deep embedding into their OS, there will no longer be a need for lobbyists. We can go directly to the people, with Twitter Polls on traditionally fraught issues.”

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this blog post.

“With Capitalism 2.0, much greater transparency for every institution could change the regulatory paradigm, adding “citizen regulators” as a key element of the new economy.”

Don Tapscott, in this article.

“Wiki-revolutions are challenging tyrants.”

Don Tapscott, in this article.

“In uncertain times such as these, brands can be a critical bulwark for democracy.”

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this Tweet.

“The horse was the smartphone of its time.”

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this Tweet.

“The New Web, in the hands of a technologically savvy and community-minded Net Generation, has the power to shake up society and topple authorities.”

Don Tapscott, on this radio program.

“The Innovation Party will be algorithm-first—truly the greatest happiness for the greatest number—rather than a constant horse-trade that pits one group against another in the name of so-called ‘democracy.’”

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this blog post.

“Now is the time we need to be talking about a freemium model for government.”

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this Tweet.

“In 50 years, no one will read books anymore. Books are ridiculous.”

Don Tapscott, in this interview.

“Nobody wants a doctor. What people want is Health-as-a-Service.”

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this Tweet.

“I find Davos productive for a number of reasons. It’s intellectually stimulating and I can’t wait to engage in discussion and debate around this year’s theme of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Don Tapscott, in this article.

“This Internet of Everything needs a Ledger of Everything. Business, commerce and the economy need a Digital Reckoning.”

Don Tapscott, in this book excerpt.

Do you follow a hypershareability paradigm? And if not, why not?

@ProfJeffJarviss, in this article.

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