Facebook as news. Where will it stop?

Facebook as news. Where will it stop?

Do we now view Facebook as news? Is it a news source? After a live, 10-minute video of a police officer shooting a black man (Philando Castile) in Minnesota was posted on Facebook, there is a great deal of chatter about Facebook’s role in news and its responsibility...
The legacy of Harper Lee

The legacy of Harper Lee

Last week, America lost a literary icon. Harper Lee, the author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, died at the age of 89 in Monroeville, Alabama. Her first novel, published in 1960, has left an indelible imprint on our culture — it did for me —...
Tom Clancy: The mark of a personal brand

Tom Clancy: The mark of a personal brand

As you may know, Tom Clancy died yesterday. While I was not a fan of his literary catalog, I applaud the vision of his personal brand. Clancy’s breakthrough moment came in 1984 when he published The Hunt for Red October, which laid the seeds for his 100 million...

No question, Barnes & Noble is in trouble

What is wrong with Barnes & Noble? If you ask investors, they would tell you the bookseller has lost its importance because the market B&N served has changed. The way it buys and uses books has changed. They would say that Barnes & Noble is a dinosaur....

Amazon wants to play the price game – will it work?

Amazon has just made things interesting. Today, in my daily quest to find new electronic gadgets, I stumbled across the news that Amazon has boldly announced their new line of Kindle devices — four devices to be exact. Posted on Amazon are the upcoming $79 Kindle, the...

Chevy Volt is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. Who cares?

Motor Trend has named Chevy Volt the “Car of the Year” for 2011, even though the car is not available yet. I cant’ help but think about how useless these industry rags have become over the years. Does the Addy Awards for best TV commercial actually...

Borders online. It’s just more of “So what”

Is it news that Borders finally jumped into the online bookstore business? Only as a footnote demonstrating how behind the times the once mighty bookseller has become. The book market is shifting with the suddenness of an earthquake and, very shortly, all the old...

Larry King is leaving. CNN is dying.

I was interviewed by the New York Times a few weeks back regarding CNN’s plunging ratings.  The article (you can read it here) was mostly about Larry King and his show’s decline in the ratings. My perspective was that Larry King’s show was a symptom of the CNN...

CNN has no brand. It has personality, and that is the problem.

What is wrong with CNN and why are its ratings dropping faster than a meteor? Well, it is not the fault of Larry King or Anderson Cooper. They are a result of the problem. CNN is a brand without a promise. It claims to be a news channel, but delivers the same playful...

Do companies really want to win? Or is it just words?

I was just thinking this morning that every CEO and marketing director I speak with insists that, more than anything else, they want to win and thrive. They want their business to steal market share from their competitors. I believe that they believe this. The problem...