Straining to See Answers in an Ellipsis

I had planned to write a common sense view of the second presidential debate today. Unfortunately, it seems pointless to rehash an embarrassing evening that bore little relevance to the actual issues hanging in the air at the current moment. Whether either candidate told the truth seems to matter little. Whether one performed better than […]

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Five Stories Also in the News

I know. It’s hard to believe, but the sordid facts of the candidates seeking the title of President of the United States aren’t the only stories in the news this weekend. Here are five that would normally be above-the-fold or at least front page: Hurricane Matthew: 900 dead in destroyed Haiti; 15 Dead in Flooded […]

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Why Twitter Made Me Dislike it … and Me

I’ve grown to dislike Twitter. My recent experiment on Twitter even made me dislike me for a little while. I’d like to say it was the hack that did it to me. But it wasn’t. Granted, I did not enjoy getting an email from “Smacking XBL”, discovering my Twitter account had been hacked, the email deleted, […]

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If I Vote, Here’s How I’m Voting.

I don’t care what anyone says: This is the most insider US election I can remember. It’s party versus party, operative versus operative, surrogate versus surrogate, left-wing journalist versus right-wing journalist – and none of them enamored of the candidate at the top of their tickets. The entire machinery of both campaign machines has been openly […]

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Here’s the Problem …

This is an election story, but not a political statement – hang with me on this. It’s profound. For those not in the media, advertising or marketing world, let me catch you up on something. This thing called “content marketing” came up and smacked the traditional media industry on the back of the head. This […]

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The Highly Individual States of America

In the U.S. we’ve just plain given up on evaluating the pros and cons of … well, pretty much everything. We just take what we want and don’t take what we don’t want. There’s no need to compromise. The average household has access to 189 television channels. Number 113 only had about 25,000 viewers on […]

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Destruction in the News

If Americans had photos of ourselves near meaningful landmarks in Beirut or Raqqa, Damascus or even Istanbul … Or at minimum could talk to someone on the street here in the US and know they’d be able to find these places on a map … Or knew a few words of Arabic that we could playfully toss […]

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Well, that’s one way to do it …

True story relayed to me today: Someone was hiring for a sales role and had several candidates. Among them was a 20-something male who neither followed up nor sent a thank you note after the interview. In a competitive process – that wasn’t going to fly for a role that depends upon great relationship-building skills. […]

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Much Love, iRude!

In the world of consumer technology, innovations that take off tend to enhance life, simplify it or make it more efficient – without requiring significant change in the user’s natural behavior. Even the most innovative product, if too complex or unnatural to use, goes by the wayside. For example, MP3 players had been around for several […]

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Ferguson Riots.

Here’s what I saw out my window on the craziest night of Ferguson/Staten Island riots in New York — On the news were pictures of mobs of people marching the streets, stopping traffic and chanting.  

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