CUNY Adds Blogger To J-School Staff

A-list blogger, Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine fame, has been named director of the new-media program and associate professor of journalism at City University of New York, according to The New York Times. Mr. Jarvis said that the media could achieve greater transparency by using blogs, podcasts and online video. “I want students to explore the […]

Yo Ralph, Showy Is Not Preppy

Could this be Ralph’s response to Tommy’s domination of the urban market?

No More Sleepless Nights

You’ve got a presentation at 10:00 am tomorrow, but all your concepts suck. What do you do? Order pizza. Have a beer to relax. Play ping pong. Blah blah blah. Thankfully, none of these lame rituals are any longer necessary. Now, helpless creatives can simply point their trusty browser to Deutsch Inc.’s The Ad Conceptor.

Can You Relate?

One of the things that drew me to advertising in the first place was the ridiculously naïve idea that the business was a meritocracy. “The work is all that matters,” was the mantra I gleefully chimed in the mid 1990s. I picked it up from some true believers and even with all the turmoil my […]

A Scathing Indictment Of Corporate Culture

I finished reading Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Breakfast of Champions today. Had I read it as an undergrad like a good English major, I might have been persuaded to skip out on an ad career altogether. Critic, Marek Vit, says, “The novel attacks many things: slavery, racism, commercial greed, jingoism, ecology, capitalism, imperialism, overpopulation etc., all […]

The Rise Of Glocalization

Danah Boyd asked herself, “What is Web2.0 and why does it matter?” It seems that’s the type of thing Ph.D. candidates at Cal Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems do in their spare time. Web2.0 is about glocalization, it is about making global information available to local social contexts and giving people the flexibility […]

Wear It Proud

Idle Type points to this guy who made his prom tux out of Coke cans.

Ruthless Move

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Ruth’s Chris is permanently relocating its headquarters from New Orleans—the city where it got its start—to Orlando, Florida. On Aug. 31, not long after the levees burst in New Orleans, the top executives of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gathered in the lobby of the Orlando Embassy Suites for an hourlong, […]

All You Need Is Love (Of Money)

Given that Sir Paul has lent his name and music to Fidelity Investments and Bob Dylan is hawking lingerie, I suppose it should come as no surprise that one needs a working American Express card to buy tickets for the upcoming Cream shows in Madison Square Garden this October. Market Wire: American Express has a […]

Sears CEO Goes From Hedge Fund Manager To Marketing Guy

This from Ad Age: Sears Holdings Corp. Chairman Eddie Lampert has demoted Sears CEO Alan Lacy, replacing him with former Kmart CEO Aylwin Lewis, while expanding his own role in day-to-day merchandising and marketing duties. Analysts and industry watchers lambasted Mr. Lampert’s move to take a more active role in merging marketing at Sears and […]