• That's Orwell and Good For Mario, But...
    The Right to be Forgotten cannot coexist with the actual Helsinki right of free expression and is merely a contrivance of a European Union that believes it can regulate away any unpleasantness of modern life. An advocacy group called Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the FTC asking that in the name of online privacy, the same right be accorded to Americans.
  • Thanks A Lot... Suckers!
    As the late Sen. Everett Dirksen famously observed, "a billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking about real money." And to show for it, what? Merely the knowledge that if you give away something useful for free, lots and lots of people will take you up on the offer.
  • Great Job, Sir!
    Donald -- Congratulations on another super strong week, profile-raising-wise! You're out there saying the things only you have the courage to say. But I wonder if we're not getting off track a bit strategically.
  • Adfellas
    One of the cleverer gambits to avert the utter collapse of the media economy is the experiment by Google called Contributor. It enables users to block ads on their favorite Web sites by instead paying small sums a la carte for the content. And it does so with the ultimate nod to the free market... with maybe just a hint of the black one.
  • It's All Greek To Me
    We are told we are in a golden age of content, ingenuity and utility. But we are not. Because almost nobody has located the gold. Call it the Geek capital crisis.
  • Gorgeous
    Media-buying transparency or whatever can hold off a week. Will you please permit me, on the occasion of Father's Day, to devote a few words to something personal? To be specific, it's a bit of an update to my dad, who died young and missed my entire adult life, not to mention a lot of his own.
  • Reality: The Business Opportunity
    "Sensory Stories," an exhibit in New York's Museum of the Moving Image, offers glimpses of futuristic technology -- or more accurately, futuristic application of existing technology -- to satisfy humans' primal instinct for storytelling. The result is an odd amalgamation of novelties, amusing but contrived and useless art pieces, and jaw-dropping demonstrations of Virtual Reality.
  • Sweet As Sugar...But Very Hard To Swallow
    Taco Bell is rolling out a breakfast item that is the quintessential south-of-the-border desayuno especialidad: Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries coated doughnut holes. So autenticamente Mexicana! This is where Yum Brands begins to take a licking. On the question of elevating humanity or lowering it, this menu-item eatrocity is actually a pretty tempting target.
  • Boycott This
    So the advertisers have abandoned TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" en masse following revelations that no more than 18 of the super-Christian offspring managed to get through childhood without committing sex crimes. Good for you, Allstate, Choice Hotels, Sherwin-Williams, Pizza Hut and the rest, for bravely taking a stand against molestation.
  • Carpet Bombing: When Trademarks Do Harm
    When intellectual property attorneys wedge themselves between the federal government and business, the billings and absurdity tend to run wild. Deep focus on the value of the trademark can result in a perversion of other values, such as human dignity, and life and death.
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