Ze Frank Goes To Hollywood

Spencer Morgan’s New York Observer article on internet video star Ze Frank is highly informative. Here’s some of what I learned by reading the piece: Mr. Frank has high powered Hollywood agents and will soon have a deal. United Talent Agency owner Nick Stevens said to him, “We’ll do this, we’ll do that, we’ll pump […]

Entrepreneurs Believe

Former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr, looks at the Pranksteresque moves of Steve Jobs. It’s hard to imagine the pleasure Steve Jobs must receive from singlehandedly upstaging the entire Consumer Electronics Show. There was just one moment during his two-hour presentation yesterday (at MacWorld) when he went off script, but it […]

Slap And Paste Advertising On The Rise

Brandweek is running a bit of a scare piece on a new crop of companies offering à la carte marketing services. Companies like Spot Runner, PayPerPost, PayPerClip, Current TV, BrightCove, BrandWizard, Google’s AdSense for radio and newspapers, and, yes, YouTube, now offer cheap, fast, online commercial creation, media placement and public relations services without the […]

Newspapers Suffer. Google Thrives.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is sending 17 percent of its newsroom staff packing today. The New York Times has some reactions from staffers. “The guillotine has finally fallen,” said Dawn Fallik, 36, a medical reporter for The Inquirer who has been at the paper for four years and will be laid off. “In a way, it’s […]

Groupmind Less Than Or Equal To Individual Expression

Even though the Sunday Times arrives in my driveway early each Sunday morning, I don’t always make it to the juiciest parts. So I have Three Minds to thank for pointing out this recent NYT Magazine article on Digital Maoism. Karl Marx famously predicted that industrial capitalism’s individualist ethos would engender its opposite: a new […]

A Christmas Eve Message From A Billionaire Blogger

On Christmas Eve, Mark Cuban, founder of HDnet and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, published a lengthy piece on his blog about advertising opportunities in high definition television. In route, he takes shot at the momentary darling of media planners everywhere. HDTV is the Internet video killer. Deal with it. Internet video won’t replace TV. […]

Micro Persuaders Gather ‘Round Gates

The world’s wealthiest man is getting his groove on. First he hangs with The Secret Machines at a Zune release party, now he’s kickin’ it with the digerati. According to Steve Rubel’s report, Jeremy Zawody, Michael Arrington, Liz Gannes, Niall Kennedy, Chris Pirillo, Molly Holzschlag, Evan Williams, Shaun Inman and others were in the presence […]

A Little Perspective Goes A Long Way (an eve of Thanksgiving story)

In some of the more exclusive advertising creative departments, writers and art diectors are envious of colleagues with a Lion or a Pencil to their credit, knowing they might have been just as lucky if it weren’t for that idiot client/creative director/account guy/director. According to The New York Times there’s a different kind of envy […]