• Jerry And The Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Clio
    "I love advertising because I love lying," a tuxedoed Jerry Seinfeld told a crowd of ad people last week while accepting an Honorary Clio at the 55thAnnual Clio Awards gala in New York City. Known for his observational humor, Seinfeld seemed a little out of character with this sudden turn to truthy sarcasm.
  • Transparent: The Mommas And The Poppas
    Although I am an Amazon Prime subscriber of long standing, I am spiritually in solidarity with my friends in publishing who boycott the drone-happy company for its brutal, some say monopolistic, business tactics when it comes to selling books. So I justified checking out "Transparent," the new TV series now streaming on Amazon Prime, the way a PETA-person might defend wearing vintage fur, on the theory that those pelts were killed a long time ago.
  • Roger's Tree House: No Girlz Allowed
    Allow me to continue to beat an immensely rich, very stubborn -- but nowhere near-dead -- horse. Obviously, the NFL is in deep trouble over its badly bungled handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic abuse scandals.
  • The Apple Has Two Faces -- Actually, 11
    Apple gave us some bright shiny objects to focus on during one of the grimmest news days in recent memory, with a ghastly tape of a girlfriend-beating playing on a loop all day, and the prospect of world-ending iTrouble (Iraq, Isis) pushing out local election coverage everywhere.
  • Nudes Flash: It Could Happen To You
    On the surface, the idea of stealing the naked photos of young female celebrities and releasing them over the Interwebs is so culturally titillating and click-bait-y that the jokes just write themselves. The New York Daily News proclaimed the unveiling of the massive photo hacking scandal as "Bad Nudes for us All!," and called it a "Flesh Mob!"
  • The Few, The Proud, The Uber
    Labor Day around the Mad Blog office offers some much-needed downtime to sit back, sip lemonade, and reflect on how the Internet has eaten our jobs, taken away our free time, and turned our once-powerful nation into a Task Rabbit economy. (But one with lots of cabs.)
  • The Perfect Viral Storm
    You've no doubt heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. With its incredible success and somewhat annoying ubiquity, you'd think it would have kicked the you-know-what by now and been left in the dust by some other, hotter, social media trend. But this ice bucket thing sure has legs.
  • From Shark Week To Snark Week
    At one point on "30 Rock," NBC's show about a fake version of the NBC show "Saturday Night Live," Tracy Jordan, the demented comic played by Tracy Morgan, gives Kenneth -- the hyper-dutiful blue-blazered intern -- some advice. "Live every week like it's Shark Week," Jordan tells his mentee, gravely. That's pretty funny advice, and in any context, Shark Week gets a laugh.
  • Real Housewives: Ladies Who Launch
    As a meta-comment on TV itself, the phrase "jump the shark" is now the age of the average bare-chested contestant on "Survivor." Could it be, therefore, that as an expression, "jump the shark " has perhaps jumped the shark?
  • Viagra In An Age Of Sarcasm
    "This is the age of taking action," says the announcer in the Viagra commercial I caught on TV this week. And really, is there anything more awkward and poignant, more can't-win-for-losing, than showing these winky male actor-types preparing for a little "action" in a Viagra ad?
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