The last time we've had an intimate look inside the New York Times newsroom was the 2011 documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times" by documentarian Andrew Rossi. So if you need any more concrete understanding of how the newspaper business has changed in the past seven years, make sure to watch Liz Garbus' new doc about the Times, "The Fourth Estate."
We have built an entire social, legal and political ecosystem designed to enable the ordinary transactions of commerce. And if it ain't broke... Which brings us to last month's cyberattack on the city of Atlanta. Hackers infected the city's systems with the SamSam virus and then demanded around $52,000 (payable in Bitcoin) in ransom money.
We're in the middle of upfront season, and once again there are all sorts of prognostications about how it might turn out. Here comes mine.
I saw a stat that said there are as many as 2.4 billion robocalls each month in the U.S. alone. Just this month I've been called more than 20 times by numbers that are clearly auto-generated (i.e. unable to be blocked) trying to get me to give up crucial personal information. That by itself isn't surprising - everyone with a mobile phone has been experiencing these calls. What is surprising is the methods these companies take and how clearly they're able to prey on society.
It was a shattering blow to the very heart of Canada. On Friday, April 6, at an intersection in Northern Saskatchewan, a semi truck slammed into the side of a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team. Sixteen people on that bus, including most of the team, are gone. This column is not about the accident, but about how we've dealt with our grief.
For the past four years, the Tribeca Film Festival has made a remarkable effort to embrace the current state of immersive storytelling. This year, the Tribeca Virtual Arcade was full of interesting projects - far more than anyone could experience in one gulp.
With the departure of Sir Martin Sorrell, many are now predicting the end of WPP and of agency holding companies in general, along with the business model of the tailor-made, client-specific, integrated agency offering. I doubt that will be true. Will things change? Absolutely! But the agency holding company model is not going to disappear -- and that's all because of simple economics.
Are big media companies ready for another big wave of disruption? They'd better be. The direct-brand revolution is starting, and it might not be pretty for large incumbent players in the media industry.
The data landscape is experiencing a new level of scrutiny, which has potential implications that will resonate for years to come.
Last week, when I talked about the current furor around the Cambridge Analytica scandal, I said that part of the blame -- or at least, the responsibility -- for the protection of our own data belonged to us. Whether it's wise or not, when it comes to our own data, there are only three places we can reasonably look to protect it: