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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

'…what’s left is the pressure to sand down the corners of your speech while looking for the rough edges in the speech of your adversaries. Everyone is offended. Everyone is offensive. Nothing is close to the line because close to the line is over the line because over the line is better for clicks and retweets and fundraising and ad revenue.'

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

White House lawyers have spoken with officials at Samsung about the selfie that Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped this past week with President Obama…

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February 17th, 2014
thesmithian
Today the word [‘green’] describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions: buy local, organic and fresh; go vegan; eat in season; skip the elevator, take the stairs. ‘Green’ has come to mean shopping at Whole Foods and possessing a Prius. Meanwhile, leading corporate polluters like BP and ExxonMobil place commercials on CNN advertising their ‘green’ practices. It should come as no surprise, then, that ‘green’ lifestyles don’t resonate with low-income communities…
February 12th, 2014
thesmithian

…Puma Dance Dictionary presents…a unique interpretation of the ʻNunnery Sceneʼ from Shakespeareʼs Hamlet.

beautiful.

February 11th, 2014
thesmithian
…over the years MLKJR’s family has missed no opportunity to pimp his legacy. That verb is used advisedly. I am mindful of its racial freight, but frankly, no other word adequately describes the behavior of this family with regard to its most celebrated member. Every year, they remind us to respect his legacy, but it seems increasingly apparent they don’t respect—or even fully understand it—themselves. If they did, they could not have licensed his image for a commercial with Homer Simpson. Or put his personal papers on sale for $20 million. Or demanded money to allow his likeness to grace a memorial on the Washington Mall. What would King think of them fighting Harry Belafonte for the return of papers King gave him as a gift – especially since Belafonte helped finance King’s movement and the upbringing of these selfsame kids?
February 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

The Sapeurs are a group of gentlemen…from Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. Guinness’ marketing director for Western Europe set out to tell a different  story of the  Congo…

[it has over a million views].

January 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'…remember that the early days of the internet were driven by counterculture figures who indulged in psychedelic drugs and saw computer technology as a mind-expanding, salvific force. They valued cooperation, sharing, liberation from governments and corporations. Information sharing and openness were built into the protocols of the internet.But they rejected commercialism and profit motives. In their early days, the CEOs of Google and Facebook rejected advertising and commercialism. This didn’t last long…'

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December 24th, 2013
thesmithian

'While closer scrutiny of the NSA is necessary and needed, we must apply equal pressure to private corporations to ensure that seemingly harmless targeted mail campaigns and advertisements do not give way to insidious and dangerous violations of personal privacy.'

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December 16th, 2013
thesmithian

…with $500 million of advertising spending now in the pipeline. Insurers think [the Affordable Care Act] is going to work…some people will see this as bad news…

…Obamacare is just going to add to insurer profits! And it will indeed make money for the likes of Aetna and Wellpoint. In an ideal world, this wouldn’t be happening: single payer would clearly have been a better system. But it wasn’t going to happen. This was the health reform we could get—and when it works, as the big money now believes it will, it’s going to make a huge, positive difference to millions of lives.

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December 11th, 2013
thesmithian

for…the kinds of companies who make Snuggies and ShamWows—the Graveyard is primetime. It’s dirt-cheap media space. It’s highly efficient for testing products and messaging against targeted consumer segments. It’s the perfect perch for Perfect Polly, the plastic parakeet with a swiveling head and a chirp like a 1980s car alarm…And it’s pretty much the only timeslot socially acceptable for the UroClub, a nine iron golf club that doubles as a portable urinal.These products certainly put the “fringe” in Post Late Fringe. It boggles the mind that anyone would want to buy them. But they’re serious business.

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