Tag Archives: Amazon.com

Fewer Choices, Please…

Let me set the stage: Amazon Instant Video has more than 40,000 movies and TV shows Kindle offers more than one million book titles Google Play has 1.5 million apps Spotify offers 20 million songs (including 4 million that have never been play even once) There are 157 “white” colors available from Benjamin Moore (and if […]

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The Unintentional Comedy of Bad Amazon Reviews

User generated content is one of pillars of the social web. Without the forces of user-generated content there would be no such thing as Rotten Tomatoes, Yelp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and dozens of other social destinations. Imagine YouTube without contributed content? It would be a completely different experience. Content – from everyone – is what […]

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Dear Mr. Bezos: Don’t Listen to the Journalists

An open letter by Washington Post columnist by Gene Weingarten called “Open Letter to Jeff Bezos” is grabbing a lot of attention on industry blogs and in social media circles in the wake of the Post‘s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. It’s worth a read simply because it is an excellent illustration of just […]

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The Amazon Post or Why Print Was Already Dead

One of my PR colleagues had this reaction to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, buying the Washington Post. “This really is the end of an era for print media as we know it.” My reaction? Where have you been? Print media, particularly print newspapers, official kicked the bucket in 2009 – after a long […]

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The Simultaneous Rise & Fall of Content

“We are no longer in the media sales business; we are now in the enterprise technology sales business. My role model is no longer Yahoo’s or AOL’s sales organizations from 2004. It’s Oracle’s.” – Meredith Levien, CRO at Forbes —– In the Age of Content – it is getting harder to sell it. Because we […]

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The Big, Fat Content Glut

Content is everywhere – and that’s the problem. Content creators – bloggers, videographers, writers, artists, designers, musicians, journalists, directors, illustrators, actors, etc. – should be celebrating. The internet has opened up the world to them. Writers can sell novels and non-fiction directly to readers. Musicians can sell their songs right to listeners. YouTube and Vimeo […]

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Saturday is the New Friday

Let’s face it: The 40-hour work week is dead.  And all that blather about 4-day and 3-day work weeks is just that: blather. Workers, especially professional workers, have lost the gains made by labor unions in the 19th and early 20th centuries to win the eight-hour day and 40-hour work week.  The Fair Labor Standards Act […]

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Reading Endangered

It is technically possible to read a book on a computer.  Or on a smartphone or tablet. I’ve done it.  Once.  When I was a subway commuter a few years ago I read “The Sign of the Four” by Arthur Conan Doyle on my iPhone.  It was the first and last time that I succeeded […]

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Revenge of the Amateur

The problem with crowds is that they sometimes turn into mobs.  And in the prophetic words of Black Sabbath’s “The Mob Rules”: “You’ve nothing to say They’re breaking away If you listen to fools… The Mob Rules The Mob Rules” Some people would argue that listening to any crowd – whether a mob or not […]

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The Amazing & Incredibly Addicting IMDb

In high school and through summers in college, two of my best friends managed the local movie house.  Torn seat covers.  Floors like Velcro.  The buttery scent of freshly popped corn.  There were three screens shoe-horned into what used to be one.  On any given night, I could be found ensconced in the balcony (which […]

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