Software Bullies Treading On Thin Ice Again

Pollstar: Fighting an addiction is tough, just ask Microsoft. Already under close scrutiny for its antitrust habit of pulverizing competing companies into so much dust and dirt, the software giant was recently admonished by a federal judge for distributing a proposal to potential clients outlining an exclusivity deal that would prevent competitors from entering the […]

WWE Eats Its Young

Random Culture and MIT Advertising Lab point to World Wrestling Entertainment’s move to get viewers to skip commercials. In an unusual maneuver that one media agency executive described as a dangerous precedent for advertisers, World Wrestling Entertainment has started pushing viewers to its Web site during commercial breaks in “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network. […]

Retired But Still A Target

The New York Times: For a 47-year-old advocacy group, AARP is acting a lot like a for-profit corporation these days. Look at the products it has in the wings for next year. There is an investment fund aimed at people over 50, the first such product it has developed on its own. There is a […]

Liberating Content From Behind The Registration Gate was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times). I had never used this tool until moments ago. I’m impressed. On their site, they point to the anti-registration reasoning behind the service. -It’s a […]

Forbes Lives In Fear

Danny G. sent me the much maligned Forbes article on blogs last night, and at first I thought it was some sort of Onionesque spoof. There’s a lot of that going around these days. Anyway, sorry to say it’s no spoof, just shoddy thinking masking as journalism. Web logs are the prized platform of an […]

Office Max To Recycle Its Big Boxes

OfficeMax┬«, one of the nation’s largest office supply distributors, unveiled a new store prototype that dramatically differentiates OfficeMax from other office supply stores. The design replaces the industry-standard warehouse format with an engaging, colorful environment that highlights small- and home-office solutions. The first prototype opens this month in Macedonia, Ohio, with many more stores opening […]

Anti-Wal-Mart Sentiments Take On Religious Fervor

USA Today: Wal-Mart’s critics, opening a new front in their war on the retail goliath, are borrowing from actor-director Mel Gibson’s promotional playbook. Producers of a new documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, will show it at about 1,000 churches, synagogues and religious sites nationwide on Nov. 13 in a bid to force […]

Put The Gun Down

CNN: Activists want Paramount Pictures to take down billboards promoting the upcoming film “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” claiming the advertisements promote gun violence. The billboards depict Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone in his right. One of the advertisements is next to a preschool. Najee Ali, […]

Go Small

Ad Age has a new blog. But it’s not written by the countless journalists under the Crain’s flag. No. It’s the work of Bart Cleveland, Partner and Creative Director at McKee Wallwork Cleveland in Albuquerque, NM. This blog is for the future of creativity in our industry. For if that future is to be one […]

RSS Rudeness

We’re contributing to someone else’s media property and hey, we didn’t even know. So is Frederick Samuel, John Moore and David Vinjamuri. I bet they lacked prior knowledge of their valuable contributions, as well. So what is this? Are we to be delighted our content is worth picking up? Or pissed that an interloper dares […]