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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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  • CEOs Who Belong In Hell in MediaDailyNews on 06/14/2018

    If you read the stories recounted by the "Financial Times" about Martin Sorrell as a manager and top banana at WPP, you learn that he was cruel to his reports and pretty much lived by his own rules. None of this comes as a great surprise.

  • Frenemies: Fact Or Fiction? in MediaDailyNews on 06/07/2018

    It's ironic that in "Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)," Ken Auletta tries to document how advertising has changed -- and before his book even hit the shelves, the landscape had shifted again, enough to render the remarks made by Martin Sorrell (whom Auletta leans on heavily) out of date.

  • Facebook's Holy Trinity: Fake, Porn, Hate in MediaDailyNews on 05/17/2018

    If you like your numbers big and scary, consider that Facebook reports it has taken down almost 1.3 billion fake accounts in the past six months and removed 21 million "pieces of adult nudity or porn" and 2.5 million instances of "hate speech."

  • How Can You Trust What Isn't There? in MediaDailyNews on 05/10/2018

    A trade association representing the local broadcast television industry released a study that claims 80% of respondents agreed they trust news on local broadcast TV, 75% trust TV station websites, and only 28% trust news from social media.

  • Why You Should Subscribe To My Live Streaming Service in MediaDailyNews on 05/03/2018

    I don't need the NewFront to see the writing on the wall. If I don't launch my own streaming service, some other MediaPost columnist will slip in and grab a toehold in the market.

  • Navigating The Tech 'Personal Experience' Minefield (Boom!) in MediaDailyNews on 04/26/2018

    I saw this unattributed study stat in a story this week: "34% of millennials said they need to have a personal experience with a tech brand before making a purchase, compared to 25% of Gen X and 17% of baby boomers." Unfortunately, the author did not go on to define what millennials mean by having "a personal experience with a tech brand." So naturally, I am confused (again).

  • Is The Internet Frankenstein's Monster? in MediaDailyNews on 04/19/2018

    Is the Frankenstein we created a terrible beast - or, at heart, a gentle giant? Because for now (until AI really arrives) the Internet is simply a series of cable, routers and computers, and there is nothing inherently evil about it. My elder son, Will, likens it to a car - which in itself is not a dangerous object, until you put an idiot behind the wheel. But that is the point of the argument now: Have we put too many idiots behind too many wheels?

  • Senator, Have You Ever Been On Facebook? in MediaDailyNews on 04/12/2018

    Zuck's Senate hearing was an education -- not about Zuckerberg, who looked like he had pregamed with some combination of Thorazine and Xanax -- but about just how uniformed about technology our congressional representatives are.

  • Will Yelling At AI Make Me Feel Any Better About Your Product? in MediaDailyNews on 04/05/2018

    Can artificial intelligence actually help brands get me out of phone-tree hell?

  • The Stink On Data: Will it Ever Go Away? in MediaDailyNews on 03/29/2018

    Facebook has put a stink on user data that may not be alleviated before Washington steps in with new privacy regulations to make the use of data -- at least by digital advertisers -- a little harder and perhaps a lot less accurate.

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