• The Art Of The Deal, The Grift Of The Trump
    Before we go out on the "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" bender, I wanted to do a little reflection on the year in advertising. Who am I kidding? Any reflection on 2015 turns into The Year in Trump.
  • 'The Affair': Rashomon Meets The Young And The Restless
    Recently, Showtime announced the renewal of its totally binge-worthy, crazy-sexy and sometimes even cerebral series, "The Affair," for a third season. That's not a minute too soon; the season two finale breaks this Sunday. And just anticipating the sound of that haunting opening theme song, written and sung with brio and emo by Fiona Apple, and the hypnotic line, "Sink down into the ocean," gives me shivers.
  • Jeb & The Three Chairs: A Parable
    Donald J. Trump chose Monday, Dec. 7, (famously known as "the day that will live in infamy" after the attack on Pearl Harbor) to announce his own attack, calling for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims attempting to enter the United States. With this ever-escalated bit of grandiosio/neo-trashtalktainment, Candidate Trump achieved a stranglehold on the news cycle that was unprecedented, even for him. So it was unfortunate that Dec. 7 was also the date that Jeb Bush's Super PAC, Right to Rise, chose to unleash its most aggressive "attack" ad yet.
  • Sisterhood Of The Traveling Underpants
    "It was always my dream to be Miss November," said no woman connected to this latest Pirelli calendar. Released earlier this week, it's already kicked up much social media fuss.
  • A Modest Proposal: Create Snapchat Counterinsurgence
    I have a very tiny and modest proposal: How about creating a digital ad industry army dedicated to creating content to counter ISIS' massive, global, social media efficiency?
  • The Last Word In Femvertising: The Pink Incredibilities Of Jane St.
    Frame-for-frame, joke-by-joke, it's probably the funniest thing buzzing around in adland: I refer to "Jane St.," the almost-four-minute video satirizing "Femvertising," the girl-power marketing trend.
  • Trump, Live From New York -- But Also Canned, From Iowa
    In a year in which the endless run-up to the presidential election has been all about the outliers, Donald Trump hosts "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and again proves himself to be the King of Free Media.
  • Walk Softly In Skinny Jeans & Carry A Barbell: The New 'Donny!'
    I came to praise "Donny!" -- not bury him. But with this "alternative comedy," which comes from Left/Right, the same producers of "Odd Mom Out," he does an awfully good job of burying himself.
  • Barbie & 'Playboy': Both Busting Moves On The Internet Of Gendered Things
    So Playboy sheds the nudes just as Barbie gets a voice. Are these announcements connected? What do they mean for the culture?
  • If You Can't Handle The Truth: The Third Steve Jobs Movie
    Aaron Sorkin, the man responsible for the line "You can't handle the truth!" in "A Few Good Men," seems to live by that philosophy in his screenplay for "Steve Jobs" (which opens nationwide on Oct. 23). Although the film is based loosely on the Jobs-approved Walter Isaacson biography of the same name, Sorkin took substantial liberties in compressing the giant bestseller into a tidy narrative in three acts.
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