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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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  • When Does The Facebook Piggy Bank Fill Up? in MediaDailyNews on 07/27/2017

    I am sure you join me in feeling just terrible for Facebook because its second-quarter ad revenue increased by a mere 47% year-over-year to $9.16 billion.

  • But Will You Buy A Car From An Ugly Woman (Um, Person) With A British Accent? in MediaDailyNews on 07/20/2017

    On Tuesday, the Advertising Standards Authority, one of a few British advertising regulators, announced that "new rules would be developed to ban advertising that promotes gender stereotypes or denigrates people who do not conform to them; sexually objectifies women; or promotes unhealthy body images."

  • Experiential Marketing For PR: Can You Survive The Gauntlet? in MediaDailyNews on 07/13/2017

    PR is a really hard industry for "experiential marketing" -- unless you want to chain a PR person to a chair and have a series of reporters on a surrounding carousel shout at him/her about how misdirected his release was and how the reporters can't be expected to respond to every stupid pitch they get, along with derogatory commentary on the exec's intellectual level for being in PR in the first place.

  • Dinner Conversation: Is The Alt-Right More Honest Than The Left? in MediaDailyNews on 06/29/2017

    lthough most of our dinner-time conversation tends to orbit around schoolwork, the latest episode of this or that TV series or why in the hell Trump is still in office, we found ourselves the other day chewing on a New York Times op-ed regarding a lesbian march in Chicago where on Saturday, three women carrying Jewish pride flags - rainbow flags embossed with a Star of David - were kicked out of the celebration on the grounds that their flags were a "trigger."

  • How Cool Am I? Just Check Social Media! in MediaDailyNews on 06/22/2017

    A University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Research Project reported on by MediaPost says basically that much of what folks are seeing in their social media feeds is propaganda issued by governments or "interest" groups using algorithms, automation, and bots to purposefully distribute misleading information. That came as no surprise to me, since I think social media is all propaganda anyway. Maybe not as nefarious as organized disinformation trying to sway public opinion, but it seems to me that each time you post something on social media, you are making a statement or reinforcing a POV.

  • Who Wins: JPMorgan Or Alex Jones? in MediaDailyNews on 06/15/2017

    What are we to think of JPMorgan Chase pulling its ads on Megyn Kelly's upcoming interview with Infowars' Alex Jones, who claims that everything from 9/11 to the shootings in Newtown Conn. and Aurora, Colo. are media hoaxes?

  • They Were More Than Veterans in MediaDailyNews on 06/08/2017

    Whenever I see gatherings to mark an anniversary of some event from World War II, the honorees are almost universally in wheelchairs, looking every bit the 85 or 95 years old that they have become. And while I am pleased that they are being recognized, it's also sad that for many younger generations, this is the only interaction with or memory they will ever have of what is rightly call The Greatest Generation.

  • #FreeMelania in MediaDailyNews on 06/01/2017

    I am not a psychologist, although I claim to my kids that a lifetime of experience gives me insights that ought to be at least considered (if not accepted without question!) But you need not have any smarts at all to see that Melania hates her husband as much as most of the country does.

  • A Fat Thumbs-Down To Marriott Video Content in MediaDailyNews on 05/18/2017

    When I watched the newest installment of Marriott's branded video "Two Bellmen," I wondered why 9 million others had watched it. Or perhaps, like me, they started and stopped after seeing it as the nearly worthless load of crap it turns out to be.

  • The View From Inside The Ad Bubble  in MediaDailyNews on 05/11/2017

    The ad industry, particularly the media side of the equation, tends to focus on its New York navel at the expense of understanding how folks in the flyover states live and think.

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