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SPIographies: Daniel Levy


The SPI team is updating and replacing the “Getting to Know…” bios with SPIographies 2.0. Stay tuned to read every team member’s SPIography in the coming weeks!

Describe your role on the PBS Digital team.
My official title is SPI Marketing and Communications intern. My role this summer is to work with our social media pages and help out the team with the blog as well as the marketing and communications plan. 


How will the digital world change over the next few years?
I think people will start consuming digital data more visually than ever before. As social media and technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives, I think we’ll start to see more short form video, graphic advertisements/visuals and augmented reality spaces. 
We’ve already seen what people can do with 6 seconds thanks to Vine, and it will be interesting to see what augmented reality tools (such as Google Glasses), nanotechnology, and paper thin (flexible) displays bring to the mix.

What is the one website you can’t live without?
Only one? You crazy. My answer’s kind of a cop out since I have to choose three (Yes, I am a millennial).

I spend a lot of time on Reddit. I’m a huge fan. I think the space is great for calling out digital inauthenticity amongst marketers and is a good “check” on the medium. The best and the worst is on reddit. It’s definitely the black sheep of the internet. Twitter and Facebook. I know, I know, cliché answer, but it’s the best way to keep in touch with friends from high school and college and see what’s currently going on in the world. I seem to never be off of either longer than a day.

What book do you think every person needs to read?
Hmm. It depends on the person. I loved Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt. It’s an economist’s view on underground economic movers and controversial issues which affect the economy. It’s mad entertaining and the random facts alone make it worth a read. But it’s not everyone’s bag…baby.

Describe your perfect weekend.
My buddy’s family has a beach house on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston, SC that a handful of college buddies and I meet up at for random weekends and New Year’s celebrations. It’s a great place to download, read on the porch, play yard games and watch sunsets. Throw a sailing outing into the mix, and I’m a happy camper.

If you could have a Google Hangout with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Well, the whole point to Google Hangout is to connect with a handful of people, but I’ll stray away from my indecisive self this time and pick just one. Steve Jobs. Everyone seems to want to have a “Google Hangout” with the man these days and for good reason. He had a fascinating life and I’d like to hear about it first person.

The internet is: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.