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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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- Can Social Media Be Trusted Anymore?
While that sounds a little like the NRA justication for allowing the sale of assault rifles, it begs the question of if in their current states Facebook and Twitter are worthy of trust. I am leaning towards no. What do you think?
- Is Facebook Too Big To Fail?
- Is Fox News 'State-Run TV? If So, Which State Is Running It?
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Doug: I assume you know that Tucker Carlson founded the Daily Caller, right?
- Trump's Future Plans May Be TV
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EIGHT years? Wayne, you're killing me.
- I'm Not Sure There's A 'Going Back' Anymore
Hey Doug welcome back. I completely agree with you. Traditional media has its problems from bias to outright fraud, but having seen it close up for years, it is one of the best such systems in the world. The public has historically never trusted the press. To me the best you can do is read accounts of the same event from multiple sources. What is going on now I think transcends the usual distrust of the media.
- A Brief History Of Internet Display Advertising -- And The People Who Hate It
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There is a link in the word "history" in para 1. Thx.
- The Nation Could Use A Giant 'Says Who?'
"Each quarter, China's government, through its state media agencies, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy Facebook ads, according to a person with knowledge of those deals, who was unauthorized to talk publicly about the company's revenue streams. "https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/technology/china-facebook.html?_r=0
- Time for Chief Accountability Officers?
Thank you Ed for that thoughtful response. I get the impression that obfuscation is often a tactic and that the LAST thing many media and ad tech companies want is to be held to accountability metrics that everyone can understand (and perhaps compare against the performance of say, TV).
- How To Stream A Classic
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Pretty sure that The Wire is not fiction, but based on the book Homicide by David Simon: Is a long read but rewarding.
- Doesn't Matter What I Watched, If I Didn't See Your Ad
Thank you John, enlightening. G