• Dumb & Dumber: The Sad, Pandering State Of The Bud Light Campaign
    Each sports a different shade of blue, to conjure up a would-be Presidential uniform. And their goal is to electrify the nation as they stump around the country on the campaign trail. I refer, of course, to Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer, two comedy and movie stars who got paired up last February as conservatively dressed representatives of the "Bud Light Party."
  • Attractive Women and Models Only: The Trouble With Cannes -- And Advertising
    The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which wraps this weekend, has been slammed this year by the same age-old industry problem: sexism and misogyny.
  • Positively Swedish: A Ring, A Nose, A Hasselblad, And Thou
    Given all the random horror happening in the world lately, I decided to focus on something easy, and perhaps, even pleasing, this week: a well-made TV spot. Remember those?
  • Bots, Don't Fail Me Now! A Letter From Facebook Prison
    One morning last week, I woke up, tried to access Facebook, and discovered that I had turned into a giant bug. Oh, wait. That's Kafka. Wrong literary reference. While this story is slightly Kafkaesque, I'm really going for something more authoritarian, with a side of dystopian censorship. I'm talking Orwell.
  • A Gorilla In Our Midst: Western Lowlands And The Social Media High Life
    Almost one week later, we're still talking about it. What's up with Gorilla-gate?
  • Tearing Down The Candy Walls: Inside The Modern Start-up/ Sweatshop
    Every industry has its absurdities, and also its cynical insiders who go on to reveal its secrets. In his memoir "Adventures in the Screen Trade," William Goldman famously summed up Hollywood -- and also pretty much every other business entity around -- by saying "Nobody knows anything." Nowhere is that case made more transparent (to use another meaningless buzzword) than in "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble," by Dan Lyons, which was released last month and is already a bestseller.
  • Blocking, Churning, Baiting, & Wrestling: Can We Make It Until November?
    A guy I know joked that the political climate on Facebook has become so cruel and polarizing lately that he almost defriended himself. Ba da bum.
  • Is America The Weiser Or The Loser? My Continent For A Beer!
    Somewhere, the Clydesdales are sobbing.
  • The Black Knight, The Black Swan & Trump Soul
    Once Donald J. Trump swept Indiana, and then each of his remaining competitors tumbled off the stage, (metaphorically, of course, except for Carly Fiorina) he became the Republican presidential nominee, no presumptive-ness needed.
  • It's Complicated: Playing The 'Girls' Card
    "Hillary would be a horrible president. The only thing she's got going is the woman's card." That, of course, is Donald Trump, the Republican "presumptive nominee" and freshly minted Tele-Prompter-reading-school graduate, who used the occasion of his five-state-victory-speech this Tuesday to conk his blonde competitor over the head about gender.
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