• 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.
  • These 15 Hottest Naked Celebrity Diets For Getting Audience Attention Will Shock You
    Reached the bottom of some Internet page the other day, and just when I thought I'd come to the end of useful content, there was a trove of irresistibility. Ding dong! You merengue?
  • Let's Invade Russia. I'm Feeling Really Good About It
    I don't know which to fear more: the possibility that the index is wrong, and the wobbling ad industry goes to its knees, or that the index is right, and brand shareholder money is squandered by the billions with no hope of an adequate return. If a rising economy does pad marketing budgets, the found money should be invested in channels that cultivate direct and ongoing connections with consumers -- not to the forest primeval.
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