• The Genius Glut
    Verily, we live in a Golden Age of TV -- terrestrial, cable, streaming, telepathic, whatever. Unless you are devoted to the major networks, or stuff yourself on so-called reality TV, if you are seeking cultural treasure you'd be hard-pressed to fail. It's like fishing in a stocked pond. Everybody leaves with a full creel.
  • Time For A Happy Ending?
    Ethics are so twentieth century. This is now. Newspapers and magazines are gasping for life; who can afford the luxury of standing on principle? As such, in deciding who gets to work at Emit, one of seven key performance indicators is the ability to create content "beneficial to advertiser relationship."
  • Ideate. Activate. Opiate.
    We at Smackeroo.com are all about authenticity. Authenticity and heroin. We are the disruptive serial entrepreneurs to first reach market with artisanal opiates (think: methadone on steroids, with a hint of fennel) merchandised through an empowered distributed network at scale. We are crushing it. Literally.
  • An Open Letter To The Author Of An Open Letter To John Oliver
    In your attempted takedown of HBO's John Oliver for his very funny takedown of native advertising, you made a number of interesting points I feel compelled to challenge, on the grounds that they are self-serving horseshit. You addressed, for instance, the blurring of "church and state" by advertising disguised as editorial content.
  • The Tide Is Turning. Also Febreze.
    Yo, A.G. I was struck by your bold plan to consolidate your brand portfolio to focus on core businesses and avoid further creeping incrementalism that depresses margins and distracts management. But as long as you're being all strategic and so forth, why not take it up a notch -- by rethinking the very core of your core businesses? Namely, promotion and distribution. What if you could dramatically reduce marketing costs and simultaneously streamline your distribution by subtracting one little element from the fulfillment chain...such as, oh, I don't know...retail?
  • You May Already Have Won!
    It's all about the relationship -- the bond of trust. Sometimes it works out better than others, as Dug Dugger can tell you. He's the general manager of Ourisman Rockmont Chevrolet in Rockville, Maryland and about the world's most likable guy. "In car sales," Dug told me the other day, "trust is everything. If you don't have trust, you have nothing."
  • The Comcast Call: Part II
    The following is a transcription of a telephone call September 26, 2014 between William J. Baer, assistant attorney general, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice and Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast. The subject is the proposed $46 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
  • When You Get In This Taxi, Yugo Wherever The Driver Goes
    There are taxicab confessions and there are taxicab confessions. What if you were a passenger in a cab, and the driver was one of those talkative ones? Not the kind of talkative where he complains about the mayor, or about his sister-in-law or about the cost of gasoline. The kind who matter-of-factly tell you about his greedy landlady, and how he killed her. You know, to death.
  • It Was A Quiet Week In The Evil Empire
    We should be afraid of a company that serves 15% of mankind and treats them like lab rats...or worse. "The Wall Street Journal" reported that concurrent with the emotions experiment two years ago, Facebook -- in designing anti-fraud measures -- informed thousands of users that they would be blocked from the site unless they could prove their users were humans, not bots -- this despite knowing all along that the users were human indeed.
  • Supreme Disappointment
    Pity wretched Chet Kanojia and his martyred Aereo, a hapless victim of an out-of-touch Supreme Court that seems to think property rights and "honesty" are more important than digital progress. Here the justices were, face to face with a heroic innovator, a modern-day Robin Hood, and what do they do? Beat him down, that's what. He believes that because the broadcast signal travels over public airwaves, we have the right as individual citizens to harvest them, exactly as we have the right as taxpayers to stop trucks traveling over public highways and hijack their contents. Up until this week, federal ...
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