• Metamurder
    For ironic good measure, the particular terminology for this sort of news segment is "live shot." Deranged killing as performance art. A perfect, premeditated metamurder.
  • We Are All Ashley Madison
    If we are speaking of luring the weak into following their worst impulses, or of promising illusory benefits, or failing to disclose potential harm, maybe we should be a bit slower to point fingers. To one degree or another, there's plenty of Ashley Madison to go around.
  • The Inevitable Happens. The World Is Stunned
    Exterminating advertising is something like exterminating bats and spiders. They trigger visceral disgust, but they perform a very valuable function in the ecosystem. We need a functioning advertising economy to underwrite the news and entertainment content that amuses the world, and not incidentally, undergirds our democracy.
  • The Annals Of Native Advertising: Syria Travel Edition
    For 14 centuries Homs has been a jewel of Islamic dynasties. The history still pulses through the sun and rubble, and the world's most intrepid adventurers have come here to make it theirs. Here, in the cradle of civilization, they devote their lives to see a new society emerge -- perhaps soon to envelop the globe.
  • That's Orwell and Good For Mario, But...
    The Right to be Forgotten cannot coexist with the actual Helsinki right of free expression and is merely a contrivance of a European Union that believes it can regulate away any unpleasantness of modern life. An advocacy group called Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the FTC asking that in the name of online privacy, the same right be accorded to Americans.
  • Thanks A Lot... Suckers!
    As the late Sen. Everett Dirksen famously observed, "a billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking about real money." And to show for it, what? Merely the knowledge that if you give away something useful for free, lots and lots of people will take you up on the offer.
  • Great Job, Sir!
    Donald -- Congratulations on another super strong week, profile-raising-wise! You're out there saying the things only you have the courage to say. But I wonder if we're not getting off track a bit strategically.
  • Adfellas
    One of the cleverer gambits to avert the utter collapse of the media economy is the experiment by Google called Contributor. It enables users to block ads on their favorite Web sites by instead paying small sums a la carte for the content. And it does so with the ultimate nod to the free market... with maybe just a hint of the black one.
  • It's All Greek To Me
    We are told we are in a golden age of content, ingenuity and utility. But we are not. Because almost nobody has located the gold. Call it the Geek capital crisis.
  • Gorgeous
    Media-buying transparency or whatever can hold off a week. Will you please permit me, on the occasion of Father's Day, to devote a few words to something personal? To be specific, it's a bit of an update to my dad, who died young and missed my entire adult life, not to mention a lot of his own.
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