The Lifetime Value Dilemma

The Lifetime Value Dilemma

It is our task, both in science and in society at large, is to prove the conventional wisdom wrong and to make our unpredictable dreams come true. --Freeman Dyson, theoretical physicist For thirty years I have been at war with myself. In these years, we have owned media, sold it and alternately owned a marketing ...

Introducing Slack

Introducing Slack

Paradoxically, these are the times we as leaders should lead and teach our teams that slack is not only appropriate, it’s likely the only way to get out of the mess we’re in. --Jason Montague, software engineer My last treatise on “Efficiency and Fragility” was not well received. It seems there were two ...

Efficiency and Fragility

Efficiency and Fragility

Originally posted at Media Biz Bloggers Americans have discovered the fragility of life, that ominous fragility that the rest of the world either already experienced or is experiencing now with terrible intensity. -- Jose Saramago, Portuguese Nobel Prize Winner In science, mathematics and systems analysis, more and ...

The More Things Change…

The More Things Change…

Originally posted at MediaBizBloggers.com You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. - Steve Jobs Simplify…simplify….simplify. - Henry David Thoreau I read an interesting blog post by Uwe Hook on the biggest challenge facing agencies. Succinctly put, he suggested that keeping up with ...

DOJ Asks Court To Keep GOOGLE-NSA Partnership Secret

DOJ Asks Court To Keep GOOGLE-NSA Partnership Secret

“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” – Lord Acton I waited a week before I decided to write about today’s topic. The idea that I read as many online industry trade publications as I do and have not read a ...

The Decline of the MSM

The Decline of the MSM

Re-syndicated from MediaBizBloggers.com We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. —Edward Bernays My last essay on the fourth estate garnered more feedback than I have had in a long time. People sent me email generally praising the notion that ...

The Ruse of The Fourth Estate

The Ruse of The Fourth Estate

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes. —John Swinton, 19th Century NY Times journalist** The recent SOPA legislation had ...

Our Faustian Bargain

Our Faustian Bargain

All technological change is a trade-off. I like to call it a Faustian bargain. Technology giveth and technology taketh away…Our unspoken slogan has been "technology über alles," and we have been willing to shape our lives to fit the requirements of technology, not the requirements of culture. This is a form of stupidity, ...

Abandoning Fear

Abandoning Fear

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. —David Sarnoff Christopher Hitchens was not one of my favorite journalists/authors, as he moved from being an avid devotee of Trotsky to an outspoken neo-conservative warmonger. But I did read what he had to say. ...

Am I Right?

Am I Right?

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. —Immanuel Kant I write a lot, no doubt about it. In fact, I’ve written more than 250 articles in the past 10 years! That’s a lot of time spent on an avocation that reaches a rather limited audience. And it’s a good bet ...