I don’t read The Washington Post any more. I don’t see a hard copy. I don’t go prowling around its website. Instead, I read four of its newsletters delivered by email every […]
What cute baby picture posts may lead to …
You know them — the social media parents. They learn she’s pregnant with her first child. Joy consumes them. The announcement hits Twitter with abdominal photo or sonogram: “I’m preggers! #thefirst #babybump […]
Donald Trump: American Hero
Bernie Sanders needs Secret Service protection. This guy is walking around saying what Bobby Kennedy would say if he were alive.
CNN’s ‘Courageous’ — recycling an idea that was bad decades ago
Move along, now. There’s nothing new here. Really. From the Wall Street Journal’s Steven Perlberg: CNN is creating an in-house studio that will produce news-like content on behalf of advertisers, a move […]
You, too, can be a journalist (or a corporate message control specialist)
I asked my students as the semester ended: “How many of you do not want to be journalists?” Most raised a hand, albeit timidly. (I am, after all, a professor of journalism.) […]
Advertising’s enticement: You must crave, therefore you must buy
Advertising may be evil, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil. Despite my exposure to what a colleague estimates is nearly 100 million advertising impressions as I approach seven decades of life, I […]
New Walmart “Working Man” ad: what’s wrong with this picture?
Walmart advertising execs need a lesson in geography. And maybe irony. Have you seen the new Walmart commercial? Pay attention at around the 50 second mark.
Magic Hat vs. West Sixth brewhaha: will MH win the battle that costs them the war?
There’s a petition making the rounds on Facebook. The short version is that Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing is suing Lexington, KY-based West Sixth Brewing for trademark infringement. West Sixth is asking the […]
A company’s right to lie?
Yesterday federal District Court Judge Gladys Kessler issued a ruling requiring tobacco companies to use their own revenues to inform the public that they have lied about the dangers of tobacco use: […]
Facebook's bad year just got worse
It’s an interesting time to be Facebook. You know, as in the old Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times.” They’ve been the target of freedom and privacy advocates for some […]