I’m a big believer that things are never as good as they seem, and never...– The prez. This sums up my worldview pretty well.
The first thing I saw when I got into New York today was a guy wearing a medical mask. A guy driving a livery cab, wearing a medical mask. I have seen way too many zombie movies not to be freaked out by that. I knew everything was fine, but there was a brief moment there when I wondered if I was driving toward a fire-ravaged battleground against the undead. I figured it would have been...
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So I guess no one really cares what with the swine flu and the 100 days and the people in New York pullin’ a Tattoo, but the Supreme Court upheld the FCC’s ludicrous obscenity fines for fleeting expletives, overturning the apellate court ruling. They let Scalia write the decision, maybe because they wanted it to sound as ridiculous as possible, I dunno: We doubt, to begin with, that...
A half-hour into the meeting, an aide entered the Oval Office and slipped Mr....– “Obama’s Stand in Auto Crisis Shows Early Resolve,” NYT
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Things I have realized tonight
Branding books really like talking about Radiohead, and how crafty their no-brand branding is.
Compromise & Entitlement
tomewing: Newpapers and the recording industry have a few things in common: they’re both “old media”, their business models are currently failing, they both seem to attract a fair amount of online schadenfreude over this fact. But something else too: they’re both businesses built on compromise - or more specifically, the acceptance of the idea of compromise among their audience. A newspaper,...
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Anyway, if you’re interested in using the current outbreak of overreacting as a teachable moment, you should give a read to Neustadt and Fineberg’s classic case study of the many blunders made during preparations for an outbreak in the 70s. It’s good, I swear!