Tomorrow’s Media Today

If you haven’t seen it yet, blogger and all-around media thinker Robin Sloan has created an 8-minute Flash movie called EPIC 2014 that you may find interesting. Or cool. Or scary. Or ridiculous. Either way, I dare you to watch and not post a comment. Share

Land Lines Put Out To Pasture

By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY For some workers, the desktop telephone is joining the adding machine and typewriter on the list of obsolete office equipment. In a move that other companies might soon follow, Sprint announced Monday that about 8,000 employees at Ford Motor will jettison their desktop phones and use cell phones exclusively. Ford […]

Toyota’s Smart

Business 2.0 named Toyota the Smartest Company of Year. With good reason: the Prius, the Scion and its marketing campaign, even something that other car companies take for granted–a minivan. But, I can’t read all about it without a paid subscription. $6.99 for the year. $4.99 for six issues. Which leads me to ask, “Why […]

Tray Table Advertising Violates Personal Space

Catharine P. Taylor of Adweek writes, “Maybe AdFreak doesn’t get out as much as it should Share

Ads Make Their Way Into RSS

from Silicon Beat: Now that the use of RSS aggregators is really starting to take off, people are peering into the question of market share. Which aggregator is the favorite among users Share

Newspapers Use Intrusive Marketing To Boost Numbers

Across the country each week, more than 1.6 million people who are not on newspaper subscriber rolls are being delivered copies that did not cost them a cent – but they are still being classified as paying customers, an analysis by The New York Times has found. The papers, which are typically paid for by […]

Presidents And Preppies Succumb To Power Of Fake News

America (The Book), the satire by Jon Stewart and the staff of The Daily Show, was the hottest book in the four weeks before Christmas, according to sales data collected for USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books. In the five weeks after Thanksgiving, Stewart’s parody of a textbook outsold Bill Clinton’s memoir, My Life, 7 to 1. […]

Staples Not Clicking With Sinclair Broadcast Group

from The Boston Globe: Beginning Monday, office-supply superstore Staples Inc. will not be running ads on Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s ”The Point,” a nightly news commentary spot that has been criticized by left-leaning advocacy groups as conservative propaganda. Framingham-based Staples declined to pinpoint a particular reason for pulling its ads from the show, other than […]

Proselytizing Meet Advertising

from The NY Times: The International Bible Society paid to insert a copy of the New Testament in last Sunday’s issue of The Colorado Springs Gazette. The volume went into the same pocket of the newspaper’s plastic pouch where items like CD’s from America Online or soap samples often go. The Bible group paid the […]

Microsoft Still Searching

from NY Times: The Washington Post Company announced today that it is purchasing Slate, an online newsmagazine owned by Microsoft. The financial terms of the sale were not announced. Microsoft said in July that it was considering the sale of the pioneering media outlet, in part because the company believed that a Web magazine of […]