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George Simpson

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Call it exactly as you see it. If history proves you are wrong, then tough luck on you - (John Simon, 1976)

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  • Stumbling Badly In The Next 12-24 Months? in Online Media Daily on 02/26/2015

    My friend Cory Treffiletti asked in his SPIN column this week if I was "developing (a) data strategy?" Well, he wasn't asking me per se, because when he does that, it's more like "How is the weather in Connecticut?"

  • Does Anyone Care About Privacy Anymore? in Online Media Daily on 02/19/2015

    Isn't it grand that privacy is a profit center for AT&T? If you live in Kansas City or Austin and want its speedy-as-Google fiber online service, you pay $70 a month, but you have to agree to let AT&T spy on your online activities. If you don't allow that, you have to pony up another $29 a month/$350 a year -- for privacy.

  • Viewability: No One Else Has It, Either in Online Media Daily on 02/12/2015

    Memo to: Linda Yaccarino -- Linda: As you know, I was at the IAB meeting in Phoenix last week and wandered into a session on something the online folks call "viewability." Christ, what a shitstorm.

  • "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."* in Online Media Daily on 02/05/2015

    It turns out that NBC News anchor Brian Williams did not come under enemy fire in 2003 during the invasion of Iraq. No, the real fire is starting now because he told his audience, "I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG fire. I was instead in a following aircraft." To compound his error he went on to say, "This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran."

  • What A Great Time To Remind You That Football is Stupid in Online Media Daily on 01/30/2015

  • My First Super Bowl Ad in Online Media Daily on 01/22/2015

    In an interoffice memo to myself, I disclosed today that George H. Simpson Communications would join the 15 or so others running ads for the first time during the upcoming Super Bowl telecast.

  • Don't Let Your Creative Baby Die In Delivery in Online Media Daily on 01/15/2015

    A friend of mine who has been a loyal follower of CNN took it permanently off his desktop this week, upset by an autoplay video ad that launched while he was reading serious news further down the page.

  • When The Mailbox Can Talk To The Toilet Seat in Online Media Daily on 01/08/2015

    If I learned anything this week by not going to CES, it's that this is the year of the Internet of Things, which means everything ever made from now on will connect in some way to the Internet and do things that will either be helpful or a total waste of time.

  • The Year Ahead (More Or Less) in Online Media Daily on 12/31/2014

    When you ask your clients to forecast the future -- and tell them you will take both serious and mirthful responses -- their answers reflect what is fun and interesting about working for a number of different companies. I never know what to expect from day to day, and so my work can be at times pretty unpredictable -- as were their answers about the future. You tell me, who is being serious and who isn't?

  • Are The North Koreans Wrong About 'The Interview'? in Online Media Daily on 12/18/2014

    This week my son and I had an entertaining debate about the Sony Pictures controversy. I thought his position was interesting enough that I invited him to use my column today and share it with the world.

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