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Articles by George All articles by George
- Fake News: Shut Up And Listen in
You probably looked at the headline on this column and said to yourself, "Oh Christ, not another story on fake news?!?!"
- Hillary Undone By Twitter? I Doubt It in
While I am trying to be an adult about this and stop whining about The Donald as our next president, the New York Times this week decided to exalt social media and how it helped that moron win the election.
- It's Mourning Again In America in
While the mainstream media gives itself a good thrashing for underestimating the "white male without a college education" voter and pollsters try to defend their invoices, it is frightening to me that nearly 60 million Americans would buy what Trump was selling.
- Kiss The Truth Goodbye in
This week, 'The New York Times' rehashed the notion that there's a lot of crap on the Internet that is false, but that as long as it reinforces your POV, you tend not to care that it is bullshit.
- Do Not Read This Column Without A Credit Card In Your Hand in
How do you say to a child, "Your physical body will only get worse for the rest of your life. Today is your peak, and it only goes downhill from here"? And she is only eight or nine years old?
- What The 'NYT' Gave Up When They Forced Me To Digital in
Politico this week reported on a fascinating study by a couple of University of Texas profs that pretty much says that, in the rush to repurpose and extend editorial content onto the Web, editors and publishers made a colossal business blunder that has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Read This And Lose 15 Lbs Overnight in
According to ProPublica, The New York Times is among many sites that use software to evaluate different headlines for news articles. Two to five headlines are randomly shown to site visitors until the system can determine the most popular headline.
- Another Reason Not To Take Sick Days in
Apparently IBM experimented with Watson, its cognitive computing platform, to see if it could help Big Blue better manage its approximately $53 million online ad buys. Turns out the Big Blue Box reduced the company's average cost per click by 35%, and by as much as 71%.
- HAL: 'I Am Sorry Frank, This Doesn't Compute' in
That talkative computer from "2001: A Space Odyssey" takes on the advertising world.
- An Outsider's Guide To Ad Week in
At last count, next week's navel-gazing Advertising Fest in New York consists of 126,543 ways to kill an hour of your time listening to people who really are no smarter than you talk about problems they can't solve and opportunities that might evaporate with the morning dew.
Comments by George All comments by George
- Fake News: Shut Up And Listen
Chuck: I could not agree more with trying to right wrongs, but all the idiological wrongs in the world didn't keep 60 million people from voting for an idiot for President. Clearly reason isn't always the way.
- Hillary Undone By Twitter? I Doubt It
"When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin's Law has effectively forfieted the argument."
- Hillary Undone By Twitter? I Doubt It
- Make America Grate Again!
I suspect that any "undertones of MediaPost's political media and marketing coverage" were an honest attempt to cover a candidate who has no political track record and said and did things that should have been unacceptable to voters. That half of the American voting population thought he should be President is frightening. I think he got the coverage he deserved not only from MediaPost but all major national news outlets.
- What The 'NYT' Gave Up When They Forced Me To Digital
Not protesting so much Bill, but contrasting with seeing display ads in the print edition ( which have the added bonus of not following you after you read them).
- Why Our Brains Are Blocking Ads
(Online Spin on
You just took all of the fun out of Randy Rothenberg's life.
- In On-Demand World, It's Time For On-Demand Video Advertising
John R. Osborn
(Video Insider on
I select "one long one and done" option - then hit mute and go back to Facebook on my phone until the real programming starts. What then?
- Watching TV Is Too Hard
If you have wifi in your house (who doesn't) get a Roku stick. Don't even need to get newest generation, get an old one, they work great.
- NAA Returns Fire On Oliver's Newspaper Rant
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Murray Kempton is credited for writing that “a critic (or an editorial writer) is one who walks down the hill, after the battle is over, and shoots the wounded.” Similarly, I don't think it is Oliver's job to solve the newspaper industry's problems. I think it was generous of him to suggest paying for content.
- Hardly Heroes At TBS, Nat Geo -- But Heading In Right Direction
One gets the feeling that the nets don't think promos count as ads....ask the consumer...