February 10th 2017
On Wednesday, President Trump berated Nordstrom for dropping Presidential daughter, Ivanka Trump’s clothing line from their shelves. As the Seattle Times reported, there was a brief dip followed by a 4% rally. And while you can chalk this up to Nordstrom stores being located in Democratic strong holds, or liberal investors allocating with their politics, [...]
October 25th 2016
If the US economy were based on non-intentional irony, this election cycle would have already enriched us immeasurably. Until that pays off, consider the cosmic comeuppance of the former refugee who is suing the Trump campaign for stealing his photo of Skittles…which they used to warn that refugees are dangerous, or in this case litigious.
October 9th 2016
You can see our year’s biggest political story already synthesized more masterfully than any punditry can, in a film from 1957. The headline isn’t Trump, its those who made a candidate who offends everyone around him, an establishment cause able to gain a near plurality of the vote. Trump’s long strange ride is about us.
March 12th 2016
Hey Marketing pundits. Don’t take the easy bait and claim that Donald Trump is a content marketing genius. There’s little evidence of this. The things that have driven his GOP rise are more structural than marketing tactics.Claims that his rise is a master work in your discipline, is as opportunistic and vapid as The Donald himself.
February 27th 2016
This week two Boston news organizations drew starkly different headlines from the same research. Is this a case of team out reporting the other – or of creating a story rather than reporting it?
October 24th 2015
The former Secretary of State’s testimony in Congress is like a national rorschach test – on to which journalists, readers and pundits seem ready to project their own narratives. As a public service, I’ve added helpful captions to explain what it would seem our former Secretary of State is being shown to say across a series of front pages.
October 21st 2014
When we talk about “killing good ideas” this ad by the College Republicans should be exhibit A. Its a clever premise, but it does more harm than good even before the scathing counter-parody by Steven Colbert.
August 21st 2014
Admiral William McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, will be the next chancellor of the University of Texas System – and earn a record salary.
March 16th 2014
Taken together, this week’s news shows how the Internet is moving toward a more international “multi-pole” system of of influence, rather than the “America in the Middle” arrangement that has been its history to date.
October 25th 2013
A lot of opinions have been shared about the Healthcare.gov website — but few from people who have run challenging government IT initiatives themselves. I’ve done that a few times in several states, and the patterns that create risk in this kind of work are evident from a distance.