Archives for August 2009

Déjà Vu

The Wall Street Journal wisely turned to Terry Teachout, its drama critic, for an important lesson in media history. Americans of all ages ­embraced TV unhesitatingly. They felt no loyalty to network radio, the medium that had entertained and informed them for a quarter-century. When something came along that they deemed superior, they switched off […]

The World According To Twitter: Twisdom of Crowds

I imagine that somewhere, in some library or most likely in some pop culture junkie’s basement, lies a stack of books that were very ‘of the moment’: Such tomes as The Official Preppy Handbook, Life’s Lessons From Melrose Place, The Rules, and Joe The Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream. Now, add to that David […]

Coming To The Big Screen This Fall

On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect it is having on our society as seen through the eyes of the greatest Internet pioneer youve never heard of, visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, to […]

Yet Another Facebook (and MySpace) Story: Sorry Substitutes

Newsweek is reporting that one in four Americans feels lonely. Sad as that is, widespread use of smart phones and MyFaceSpace aren’t helping matters much. Social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace may provide people with a false sense of connection that ultimately increases loneliness in people who feel alone. These sites should serve as a […]

Reawakening The Pirates

You rarely hear publicly from people who’ve recently left high-profile ad gigs. At least, they don’t talk about their most recent position or agency. But Al Kelly, who recently left TBWA\Chiat\Day, wrote about the agency’s famous “pirate” spirit, using an old “we lost a pitch” ad the agency ran in the 70’s. The place is […]

Evasive Moves Are Part of the Job

M&C Saatchi’s new spot for ANZ makes its singular point well understood–typical bankers are hard to pin down. Of course, this spot also resonates in that duplicitous bankers need to be chased through the streets today.

Fiji’s Politically Charged Waters

Anna Lenzer, on assignment in Fiji for Mother Jones was detained by police, threatened with imprisonment and repeatedly asked to verify her identity despite having a mound of evidence on hand that clearly showed she’s an investigative journalist (are they that rare today, as to be totally unrecognizable?). Her piece for the magazine on Fiji […]

Banking On The Shitstem To Take Care of Business Is A Bad Idea

The banking industry is making your job and mine much harder to do. In order to move product and services (our job), people need money and/or access to money. Sadly, millions of Americans who once had access to money no longer do. According to Los Angeles Times, credit card companies slashed limits for an estimated […]