• VH1, Advertisers 0
    On behalf of VH1 and the entire Viacom family of companies, permit me to express my concerns over the recent program-standards snafu. It seems you were each dismayed to find your spots placed in our exciting, romantic reality show, "Dating Naked."
  • G.O.P. S.O.S.
    Do you really want to antagonize so many segments of the population? Do you see Pepsi calling Coke drinkers rapists and murderers and terrorist? You do not. Because some people chafe at that kind of treatment. It's just poor Customer Relationship Management.
  • Share This?
    Last spring, when Facebook's Instant Stories came to this world, I considered the possibility of salvation. If publishers were to cede distribution to Facebook, they would achieve faster loading speeds and a better user experience, and would benefit by vastly higher reach and at least theoretically, significantly higher CPMs.
  • Starving The Watchdogs
    RIO DE JANEIRO -- This is what it is all about. This is why we need to find answers. In a nation beset with a breathtaking convergence of crises -- of which even the glory of hosting the Olympics turns out to be a major one -- the media are struggling to do their basic jobs.
  • What Goes Up Must Go Up
    If one were in the doom-and-gloom business, hypothetically, one would be hard-pressed to explain the surge in the TV upfront market, in which the broadcast networks apparently now fetch CPMs of up to $24.40 for 18+-year-old viewers in prime time.
  • Gawk At This
    If you want to find a sympathetic figure in the $140 million Hulk Hogan jury verdict and ensuing Gawker Media bankruptcy, it's going to take a while.
  • The Child Explains It All
    This is a real Q&A with a real teenager. It has been edited only for length.
  • Silence = Death
    Man-child arsonist Donald Trump is torching the most sacred American values, threatening the welfare of millions, undermining the pillars of our democracy, igniting the ugliest impulses of the society's id -- and we, the media, are covering it like a bemused recap of "House of Cards."
  • Sex And The Smoking Gun
    You know what? Let's do have a trial by media. Definitely -- so we can watch in astonishment as the corporate defendant demonstrates its guilt by the very way in which it is defending itself. In its answer to sexual harassment charges, WPP is either employing cynical lawyering of the most loathsome kind or evincing cluelessness on a mythic scale.
  • Freedom Isn't Free -- It's $8.99 A Jug
    Inevitably, the bold rechristening of the quintessential American beer will persuade other familiar brands to adopt new identities as they too strive both to remain culturally relevant and leech off the goodwill of popular institutions, personalities and even states of being.
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