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Who Are The Real Pirates?

We hear the content industry and rights holders complaining about piracy everyday: file sharing, physical piracy, theft-of-services, derivative works, etc. But has anyone stopped to think about how many times consumers are asked to pay for the same content? Computer files may be the final form factor, but that is not stopping media companies from Continue Reading →

The One-Channel Universe

Last week we lived in a 1,000-channel universe. Since the mid-1980s we have been channel surfing to our hearts’ content, searching for just the right program at just the right time.  We’ve heard critics (old and new) say stuff like: “I’ve got 500 channels, but nothing to watch.”  Hell, even Andy Warhol weighed in on Continue Reading →
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.” This quote is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, an author, philosopher, thinker and Unitarian minister. He was Continue Reading →

The Apple of my Video iPod

Did Steve Jobs finally screw up?  After all, if there was such a thing as the portable video business wouldn’t everyone would have been walking around with a Sony Watchman for the last 20 years?  No and no. Apple’s new video iPod probably won’t capture the imagination of consumers quite the way its audio predecessor Continue Reading →

I Predict I Am Wrong …

Smart TV
… and my predictions are always right! Actually, predictions are always wrong–so does that mean that this one is right? This paradox may be fun for wordplay. But it is really maddening when smart people start making predictions that are absolute nonsense to people schooled-in-the-art. There was a headline in Sunday’s New York Post that Continue Reading →
Everybody Hates Chris
RIGHT THIS SECOND, IF YOU TYPE “Everybody Hates Chris Google Video” into Google’s search bar, you’ll land on Google Video. This is a nicely designed page with a handsome graphic that tells you to “Watch premiere episode of everybody hates chris now” (Obviously, the writer and art director of this page are better at graphics Continue Reading →

The Jet Blue Truman Show

Jetblue Airways
I’M SITTING ON JETBLUE FLIGHT 212, the Thursday afternoon flight from Long Beach, Calif. to New York just a few seats away from Diane Hamilton, an attractive 40-something woman with striking features and a 1000-yard stare. I met Diane on the security line, when she dropped her carry-on baggage on my foot — an excellent Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Marketers

ATTEND THE TALE OF TWO MARKETERS: Quantitatus, a logical, left-brained, linear thinker who requires proof of everything he sees, and Qualitatus, a romantic, right-brained, passionate thinker who requires only a feeling to believe. Each of you can write the rest of this story. We live in a world where more and more businesses are run Continue Reading →
Hurricane Katrina
PEOPLE ALL OVER AMERICA WERE emotionally and intellectually overwhelmed by the plight of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Everyone wanted to do what they could to help – but how?  That was the question, and to answer it, America turned to trusted brands: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, MSNBC, MTV, CNN to name Continue Reading →

The Powers of Nature

Red Cross
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY done so, and even if you have, I urge you to visit or call 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) and donate whatever you can to the hurricane relief efforts. Also, The American Red Cross, with support of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is launching a Web site and hotline Continue Reading →

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