• 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.
  • Dead Tweeting The Oscars!
    AARCHERD @armyofone. Not sure, but I think Gloria Swanson has had some work done. #ReadyForMyBotoxMisterDeMille JCAZALE @fredocat Where's Brando? Grandstanding by his absence. #custerslasttango BOBGARFIELD @bobosphere RT@fredocat. You mean by his absinthe? loL
  • Lord, Blessed Is The Man Who Trusts in You. Forbes, Not So Much
    Well, I suppose I've lost. Despite years of crusading -- in print and onstage and even before a major, major government agency -- I have proved pathetically impotent against the forces of so-called "native advertising."
  • Will Your Thermostat Destroy Your Life? It Might. It Just Might
    New from Samsung: SmartAleck TV - yes, a television that eavesdrops on your conversations, then sells the gossip to outsiders. You are being monitored, like Winston Smith, by your telescreen. The idea is for the device to gather as much spoken language as possible to help the voice-recognition software learn your vocabulary, speaking patterns and accents....as well as your pet names, dirty secrets, criminal confessions, safe words, Tourette's blurts and Fantasy League strategy.
  • 'Your a Traytor, You But Ugly Kosheralist Pusstard' Click Here to Learn More!
    Disqus offers "native advertising at scale," which is like offering locusts at scale. But putting aside the pestilence that is native, can we for a moment contemplate the thing that gives native its supposed power and its very raison d'etre? Namely: editorial environment. I'm going to random search Yahoo for comments about the "Seattle Seahawks" in advance of the Super Bowl. Then I'm going to search YouTube for, oh, I dunno, Miley Cyrus. Then I'll search Vice.com for "Iran." I have not scoped these out previously.
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