• Top 7 Things Nobody Will Miss When The Internet Disappears
    The Internet will fade into the background, says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. Yes, it will just vanish, like Amelia Earhart or state gay marriage bans or NBC's "Bad Judge." Poof. Up in smoke. Now there will be things I'll miss, but there are other things that the Internet has perpetrated that we can simply do without.
  • Used Car Dealers And Carny Folk....You're Lookin' Good!
    Sure, advertising has always been thematically dishonest, I suppose. It depicts a world of smiling people, made grinningly content by consumer goods -- which in the long run is the opposite of true. And behind the scenes, ad agencies did often get screwed by corrupt employees and vendors even as they were themselves screwing clients. Ah, for the good old days. Compared to now, they were 99 44/100ths pure.
  • Seeking Penicillin For A Nasty Dose
    This weekend, "On the Media" did a story about Internet content poachers such as Dose.ca, which cuts and pastes nascent memes from around the Web, optimizes headlines, and redistributes them with little or no credit or linkage to the original authors and copyright holders. What's reprehensible is the impunity with which it all takes place.
  • Disservice With A Smile
    A gang of hacker extortionists is going the extra mile to simplify and facilitate a transaction for its ransomware victims -- even if the transaction is ransom to liberate one's computer files from CryptoWall's possession. If CryptoWall can take the anxiety out of blackmail, maybe someday, if you're not afraid to dream, your modem can be replaced in a 4-hour window.
  • This Story Will Restore Your Faith...But Not Your Phone Service
    If you're going to choose a customer to be unavoidably detained from five times in one week, wouldn't be wise to check him out? Is he someone willing to rally the faithless into demanding better -- NOT to resolve his own situation, which will eventually get sorted out (it's only been a month, after all), but to inspire and motivate the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Because that could really be a nuisance, as many can attest.
  • Truth, The Partial Truth And Definitely Not The Whole Truth
    The attempt to fight rumor with fact will not conquer blind zealotry. On the other hand, it does demonstrate that McDonald's is capable of not merely paying lip service to transparency, but embracing it.
  • Tip For Career Day: Stay Home
    As a professional observer of the passing scene, I thought I might visit a site awash in the paid impressions that technically qualify under Google's definition, but nonetheless leave no impression. My journey began on Yahoo's home page -- an ideal mixture of editorially curated clickbait and Venus-flytrap native.
  • Seymour, Stomach Less
    This is about a very, very special commercial from a very, very special person. Jane Seymour. The actress is also a painter -- and a jewelry pitchwoman, spinning inspiring tales of pretend human generosity. As Seymour says to open the spot for Kay Jewelers: "Behind every heart there is a story" -- three stories, told in five-second montages featuring attractive actors acting out triumph over adversity. Oh, Jane, such transcendent goodness and tight editing! Tell us...what is it all about?
  • In The Drink
    Until last week, it was just a series of rumblings. The allegations were of horrible episodes, but they simply didn't penetrate the mantle of achievement, riches and accumulated goodwill of the groundbreaking icon. To dwell on the dirt would require you to see a hero as a monster. Now we have to answer hard questions about events, and about ourselves. What will we tolerate when we are in the thrall of genius, and what will we be willing to look away from?
  • Moby Dick, Brought To You By The Whale & Ale Pub
    This is a thinly veiled autobiographical tale of universal malevolence and the struggle against it by a monomaniacal hero -- yours truly. There will be heartbreak, danger, toil and the world's largest family of exchange-traded funds, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, offering not just a diversified investment instrument but low fees and significant tax advantages over equities.
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