• Sir Martin The Big
    CANNES, June 21 - Note, please, the dateline. The Cannes Lions Festival of Glorious Excess is an annual rite of solstice. So how amusing to be sitting here on this particular Friday with Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP and the man himself nicknamed "June 21st" -- because he is the shortest knight. I can no longer glibly tar Sorrell with such a shallow and disparaging diminutive. To see the man in action is to understand why he is a towering figure in the industry. Positively Clintonian is His Sir-ness.
  • On Ballpoint Pen Day, Let Us Take A Moment To Reflect
    The time has come to pay the piper. It is Celibacy, Migraine, Aphasia, Accordion and Potty Training Awareness Month. (Separately, not together.) It is also both Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Awareness Month and Cataract Awareness Month. If you are a celibate transgender accordionist with cataracts, this, my friend, is your time. Now, you might ask, with all this awareness to be aware of, where to find the mind space for everything?
  • 1. Blame The (Social) Media. 2. Fail.
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, has transformed Istanbul with office buildings, shopping malls and mega-mosques. His plans for Taksim Square -- which required the clear-cutting of protected green space -- sparked protest, and now Erdogan is facing not only civil unrest but criticism from every sector of society. So what did Erdogan do? He dismissed the protesters as mere looters and blamed the media. The social media.