• 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.
  • Patriotism-ola
    The Pentagon has been writing checks to NFL teams for staging heartstring-plucking paeans to our military. In the past 15 years, sporting events have become ground zero in the nation's cult of military. Totally free of charge.
  • Freedom Isn't Free
    You've been champing at the bit for streaming services to offer a large enough array of programming so you can call the cable company and tell them to pound sand. No premium tier. No triple play. No basic cable. Just broadband, thank you, with which to strangle the SOBs. Because now you want to use that co-ax to stream your shows without paying Big Cable for their overstuffed bundles. Death to tyrants!
  • Death By Magic Beans
    Hey, kids, let's play the Good News/Bad News game! At issue is the negotiations with BuzzFeed, National Geographic and "The New York Times" to host those publishers' content on Facebook itself -- not to link to the source, but to have the content actually reside on Facebook. The originating media company produces the content, but Facebook distributes it and sells the ads against it.
  • Utter Doom: The Anniversary
    This week marked the tenth anniversary of the publication in "Advertising Age" of "The Chaos Scenario," which predicted the utter disintegration of the global media-marketing economy. Unsurprisingly, some of its apocalyptic prophesies were received a bit skeptically -- especially by those with a vested interest in the status quo.
  • Who Doesn't Remember His First Time?
    You read about the Gawker story and got your dander up. The story I refer to was the item on Gawker about the item on BuzzFeed -- the righteous callout by Arabelle Sicardi of Unilever/Dove hypocrisy for patronizing women on the subject of "real beauty" while simultaneously selling them all sorts of crap falsely promising the unattainable fake beauty the campaign nominally scorns.
  • P.R. Wild Pitches, Spring Edition
    Tra la, tra la. Spring is here! And with it, daffodils and baseball and Easter Eggs -- and our semiannual shaming of public-relations incompetence!
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