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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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  • 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.

  • I'm Not Sure There's A 'Going Back' Anymore in MediaDailyNews on 12/14/2017

    Interesting read in Bloomberg Businessweek this week on how Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (one of the few heads of states worse than Trump) manipulated Facebook posts to con his people (for whom Facebook is the primary source of news) and eliminate political rivals. While Trump limps along with childish Twitter outbursts (happily amplified by the media), Duterte jumped in with both feet, creating tons of fake or misleading content to sway public opinion. Seems he and the Russians have similar playbooks.

  • A Brief History Of Internet Display Advertising -- And The People Who Hate It in Digital News Daily on 12/07/2017

    Jonathan Mendez, whose main claim to fame is that he was the founder and CEO of Yieldbot until October, has written a history of the last 10 years of internet display advertising on his blog. While it's a good read, it is nearly 2,200 words. So as a public service, I am reducing the history of display advertising down to a few easily digested bullet points.

  • Cory Stopped At 3, I Blast Past in MediaDailyNews on 11/30/2017

    The ever-readable and whip-smart Cory Treffiletti jumpstarted the prediction season this week with "3 Things You'll Be Talking About In 2018" in "Media Insider." He says we'll be chatting about AI and voice-driven tech -- but not blockchain as an ad product. But while I have the greatest of respect for Cory, I disagree with 2/3 of his prognostications.

  • Live Longer -- Stop Checking in MediaDailyNews on 11/16/2017

    Deloitte's 2017 Global Mobile Consumer Survey of about 2,000 U.S. consumers confirms what we already know: that 93% of kids 18 to 24 years old have a smartphone, which they check a mind-boggling average of 86 times a day. You, on the other hand, apparently check your phone 47 times a day. The question is, why?

  • The Nation Could Use A Giant 'Says Who?' in MediaDailyNews on 11/09/2017

    I don't know what else has to happen for the American public to understand that just because they see something on the Internet doesn't make it true.

  • 'Who Ya Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Own Eyes?'* in MediaDailyNews on 11/02/2017

    The U.S. used propaganda to try and change regimes around the world that it thought threatened U.S. interests -- and, if that didn't work, sponsored coups and revolts. Why is this Russian "interference" any different?

  • Are You Risking Your Career By Speaking Up? in MediaDailyNews on 10/26/2017

    It has been fascinating to follow the Weinstein effect as it ripples through other industries, including advertising and marketing. Apparently there is no shortage of male predators in either business. But just as everyone in Hollywood knew for years that Harvey was leveraging his power to force women into sexual encounters, the same has been true in advertising.

  • These Days, Trust No One in MediaDailyNews on 10/19/2017

    A Pew Research Center press release announced that over 1,000 tech experts surveyed are split on whether people and technology can conquer online misinformation. Here's what I suggest on how to avoid fake news.

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