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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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  • Kareem Bounces A Cultural Rant Off The Rim in Online Media Daily on 08/27/2015

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who should have stuck to basking in his glory as a basketball player and dreading cross-country air flights, is now a columnist for TIME. He has written a ludicrous column that essentially accuses whites of profiting from the adaptation of trends spawned by black people.

  • Hoping That Newspapers Don't Give Up the Good Fight in Online Media Daily on 08/20/2015

    On Monday, "The New York Times" ran something of a rant in the business section about the impact of social media on quality journalism, saying in part: "[a]s more readers move toward online social networks, and as publishers desperately seek scale to bring in revenue, many [newspapers] have deplored a race toward repetitive, trivial journalism, so noisy that it drowns out more considered work."

  • Ad Blocking As A National Sport in Online Media Daily on 08/13/2015

    Word is that 198 million people around the world now use digital ad-blocking tools, at a cost to advertisers of $21.8 billion in lost revenue. Still, I would like to see how these numbers compare to "loss of income" in other media from folks who avoid those ads.

  • Guess I Will Never Know If You Can Hear Me Now in Online Media Daily on 08/06/2015

    Amusingly, I got an email (not a phone call) from a friend pointing to a study that said, among other things, that 32% of mobile users would rather text you than talk to you.

  • 50 Over 50? 60 Over 60? Where Is Your List? in Online Media Daily on 07/29/2015

    It seems a staple of most trade magazines to run an annual story featuring 20 Under 20, or 30 Under 30, or 40 Under 40 -- purportedly identifying the best people in their jobs, in that industry, who are under the featured age limit. Sadly, no one thinks about honoring 50 Over 50 or 60 Over 60.

  • Even I Wouldn't Have Published That Gawker Story in Online Media Daily on 07/23/2015

    By now you probably know the particulars of the story Gawker posted about a married media exec who tried to hire a gay porn star for a liaison. But when he refused to use his brother's considerable Washington leverage to help the porn star in a legal dispute and canceled the "date," the porn star gave the entire email, text and photo-exchange transaction to Gawker, which ran it with glee.

  • Has Technology Really Improved the Ad Business? in Online Media Daily on 07/16/2015

    A marketing technology company fielded a study that - SURPRISE! - found that marketing technology has grown and impacted the lives of CMOs.

  • Is The Sharing Economy Enslaving Or Liberating Mankind? in Online Media Daily on 07/09/2015

    Umair Haque, the director of the Havas Media Lab, has written (in a personal blog apparently not related to Havas) a provocative argument against the sharing economy, which he calls the Servitude Bubble.

  • British Postal Service Aims Low With Retargeted Snail Mail in Online Media Daily on 07/01/2015

    Royal Mail is the primary postal service for the U.K. (think USPS, but with cute British accents). It was founded -- get this -- in 1516 by Henry VIII, so it is not like they are newbies to the world of customer service. But that doesn't protect them from dumb-assed ideas.

  • Climbing Out Of The Funnel in Online Media Daily on 06/25/2015

    Each time I read that as a consumer I am "on a journey through the funnel," I suddenly feel exhausted.

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