I was in the gym a few days ago when I saw it: National Enquirer publisher in league with Trump. Ordinarily I would’ve just rolled my eyes and refocused my attention elsewhere. First, it’s a Trump story. Second, it’s the National Enquirer. I’m no Woodward or Bernstein admittedly, but I still rate myself slightly higher … Continue reading There’s a Connection Between the National Enquirer and the 2016 Election
So, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta had his hard pass revoked this week after he challenged President Trump in a post-midterm election press conference. USA Today reported that “news organizations condemned the move, calling it a threat to freedom of the press. “Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the … Continue reading Privilege Can Be Petty — and Dangerous
A few weeks ago I blogged about Colin Kaepernick as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary campaign. The blog received hundreds and hundreds of comments, most of which were bad. Ordinarily I have no time or attention for negativity and half baked hate from people who don’t think, or are too scared to compete in … Continue reading I Am Tired of Talking about Race
Ordinarily I disdain politics. Watching that pitiful reality show unfolding each day in the White House is like perpetual constipation, all useless poots and annoying belly pains. But what kind of journalist would I be if I ignored this week’s juicy happenings around Michael Cohen, long time Trump lawyer, who pled guilty to eight criminal … Continue reading Censorship vs. Foreign Meddling: Who Should Win in the Battle for Social Media?
By now we all know the power of the hashtag. No hashtag in particular, as any number of them can help someone go viral, start a civil rights movement, a dance craze, elevate political exposure, or shine a high beam on criminal misdeeds. The list of results is essentially endless. And like many hashtag results, … Continue reading Life Imitates Art, Then Someone Falls from a Moving Car
I’ve never been someone who believed that a woman had to follow extremely strict rules on how to dress. There are far too many considerations to bind a woman – or a man, for that matter – to conventions often established so long ago, they’re no longer valid. Your sartorial choices might be influenced by … Continue reading Melania, Did You Forget that You’re First Lady?
I was at the Javits Center working with a client last week when I noticed we were sharing the convention hall with the BookExpo. There was a huge banner advertising Bill Clinton’s new book with James Patterson. I thought, ‘Huh. That’s an interesting pairing. Marketable and attention grabbing, for sure.’ I’m not sure I’ve ever … Continue reading Bill Clinton: The President’s Apology Is Still Missing
For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a theme with which to resurrect my YouTube channel. I’ve literally been gone since November – the last time I posted a video – and it’s ridiculous. I’m in the content creation business, and video is huge. I’m seriously missing the boat. It’s likely I’m overthinking the … Continue reading When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse
For anyone in this day and age of viral messaging and live forever on the Internet culture to try and be deliberately shocking is just, kind of, boring. Being deliberately conscious of the power in your words and messages, on the other hand? That’s something. That’s powerful. That gets eyes, and it captures and holds … Continue reading Kanye, Being Deliberately Shocking Is Boring