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George Simpson

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Call it exactly as you see it. If history proves you are wrong, then tough luck on you - (John Simon, 1976)

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  • Going To The Movies? Why? in MediaDailyNews on 03/15/2018

    While I could crank out 800 words on how annoying in-theater advertising is, the bigger issue is that going to the movies is still a pretty crappy -- and increasingly expensive -- experience.

  • Will Your Clicks Put Your Dad Out Of Work? in MediaDailyNews on 03/08/2018

    A column this week argues that when you navigate around the web and post to social media, you are not only giving up valuable data about yourself (which social media in particular monetizes), but you are also providing free data to train artificial-intelligence systems destined to replace workers across the economy.

  • Why I Should Be The Next Hope Hicks in MediaDailyNews on 03/01/2018

    Hope Hicks and I have a lot in common. She was raised in Greenwich, Conn.; I live 15 minutes from there. She was a teenaged model; I had the hots for any number of models when I was a teenager (mostly Christie Brinkley). She has no background in politics whatsoever; me neither.

  • Can Social Media Be Trusted Anymore? in MediaDailyNews on 02/22/2018

    At what point do Facebook and Twitter become more harmful to society than helpful? If you think they can eliminate fake posts, you are as delusional as that fruitcake in the White House. Seeing something online that appeals to your own worldview is not "further proof" you are right; it is only something to be highly suspect of.

  • It's Hard to Feel Sorry For NFL's Billionaires in MediaDailyNews on 02/08/2018

    Mystery seems to surround the 10% falloff in NFL ratings this season. Yet in a new survey, 50% of those who said they watched less NFL this season revealed they "don't approve of National Anthem protests"-- versus 30% a year ago. The second-biggest reason for the falloff: Viewers are "not comfortable with players' off-field behavior." So it is all about the players -- and not the game or how it's broadcast? I don't think so.

  • Come On, Netflix -- Really? in MediaDailyNews on 02/01/2018

    Based on what you have watched in the past, Netflix can promote other shows or movies to you it assumes you also will like. You know, kind of like how Amazon swallowed the retail business starting with "if you liked that book, then try this one." All this sounds good in theory, but if you have spent any time at all on Netflix, you know its recommendations make almost no sense whatsoever, and are more often wrong than right.

  • How I'll Spend My $1,000 Bonus in MediaDailyNews on 01/25/2018

    Just because I don't qualify for the new lower corporate tax rate (Thanks for nothing, Donald), that shouldn't stop me from getting into the largess mood that seems to be spreading faster than the flu.

  • Is Facebook Too Big To Fail? in MediaDailyNews on 01/18/2018

    A friend told me three things that really surprised me about Facebook: He was no longer on it and didn't plan to go back; his teenagers are never on it; and his elderly mother just joined Facebook. Within the context of certain recent charges about Facebook, perhaps my friend's revelations are worth further exploration.

  • What Me, CES? in Digital News Daily on 01/11/2018

    I swear, I did not trip over the plug that shut off the lights at CES for a few hours. I am not even in Las Vegas, although it seems as if just about everyone else I know is. I'm not sure why most of them are there, other than as an excuse to get off the East Coast and warm up.

  • Password? Who Cares? in MediaDailyNews on 01/04/2018

    It seems a little a paradoxical to have streaming services say, "Yeah, go ahead and share our content," then say they want more revenue -- especially from advertising. I suspect there's no easy technical way for them to stop password-sharing, so they just pretend to shrug it off.

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