• 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!
  • Two-Headed Goat: The Podcast
    In a world of fragmentation, aggregation, plummeting CPMs, ad avoidance and audience parsimony -- in other words, amid the most chaotic media scenario in 300 years -- there are actually ways to build an audience and turn a buck. I refer, of course, to "The Adam Carolla Show."
  • Giga OMG!
    AUSTIN, Texas - One of the best news organizations of the digital age, long a fixture at SXSW, was not present to record anything that took place here. Gigaom last week closed its doors -- in grim fulfillment of my apocalyptic prophesies.
  • So Smart It's Stupid
    So we're agreed that expropriating a techy sounding name to lend cachet to something mundane is a silly exercise. But not nearly as silly as lending superfluous actual technology to something that simply doesn't require it. Like, I dunno, a bottle of booze.
  • Why Google And Facebook Deserve Your Trust, Without Reservation
    There are clearly two cultures occupying the same country, with very different ideas of what constitutes a gift, an agreement and perpetuity. I speak, of course, of the culture of Big Social on the one hand, and on the other hand, everyone else.
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