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Stephen Colbert, Kelly Ripa and Other TV Stars Recall Their Most Memorable Commercials

Many of fall TV's biggest stars have one thing in common: They appeared in commercials early (and sometimes, not-so-early) in their career as they tried to break into Hollywood. Earlier this year, several television actors shared their...Show More Summary

Can Tom Selleck Convince Seniors Reverse Mortgages Aren't Too Good to Be True?

If you were around in 1987, you might remember the People magazine naming Tom Selleck the "sexiest man in the world." You might recall how that famous, mustached face graced the covers of the glossies and tabloids, or how Magnum, P.I.—the...Show More Summary

Video is giving The New Yorker a way to reach new readers without turning off existing diehards

Comma Queen, The New Yorker’s grammar-focused video series, might not seem that promising a concept on paper. In it, longtime magazine copy editor Mary Norris dishes out grammar and style lessons, using examples from current and previous issues of the magazine to illustrate each case. Recent episodes focus on whether the word “none” is singular...

Ad of the Day: Sonos Skewers Sound-System Indignities in These Clever Mini Ads

Sonos wants to solve all your modern audio woes, especially when it comes to listening to music at home. The wireless speaker brand is out with a new ad campaign from 72andSunny built around the myriad pitfalls of listening to tunesShow More Summary

Apology to Germany

For the record. I did not insult Germans about VR. I was honored that Die Welt asked me to write about VR for a special they were doing. The lede gained something in the translation. I wrote: Virtual reality will not change the world. But it might help change how we see it. This was […]

Ad of the Day: AT&T's Latest 'It Can Wait' Film Drives Headlong Into the Supernatural

BBDO and AT&T have delivered another powerful offering in the "It Can Wait" ad series. But while last year's "Close to Home" took its time setting up the board—showing us the different people who eventually collide at ground zero ofShow More Summary

4 Ways Agencies Can Add Meaning to Corporate Social Responsibility Programs

A large, cross-generational majority of consumers expect companies to display a level of corporate social responsibility. Last year, Havas Worldwide's Project: Superbrand report, which surveyed 10,131 people ages 18 and over in 28 markets...Show More Summary

Alexa, give me the news: How outlets are tailoring their coverage for Amazon’s new platform

My routine most mornings these days goes like this: After snoozing my iPhone alarm at least twice, I roll over and say, “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefing.” The Amazon Echo sitting on my nightstand comes to life and proceeds to play NPR’s latest newscast. As I force myself out of bed to shower, brush...

Ad of the Day: Spike Jonze's New Perfume Ad Is Ludicrous, High-Octane, Sci-Fi Fun

If you find most ads for pricey perfume to be pretentious and ridiculous, because they are, this one's for you. But it's so over the top, it can't help but leave you entertained. The first clue is the name of the short film: "My Mutant...Show More Summary

The News and its New Silent Majority: Clinton Supporters

This election, I’ve been trying an experiment, judging journalism from a different perspective, from the outside, as a member of a community and a partisan. I don’t like what I’m learning about my profession. We journalists tend to separate ourselves from the public we serve. We call ourselves objective, to distinguish us from the opinionated […]

Ad of the Day: Volvo's Ads Are Getting Artful and Cryptic, and Maybe That's a Good Thing

A dark diner in Anywhere, USA. A writer chasing his invisible muse. A tree set aflame in the midst of a desert. One lone buffalo, roaming. The latest impressionistic Volvo spot by Grey New York continues a unusual approach to advertising...Show More Summary

Even Spotify Is Surprised by the Huge Success of Its Discover Weekly Playlists

Spotify's secret sauce of algorithmic playlists didn't happen by accident. But its rapid growth—and rabid fan reaction—kind of did. It's been a little over a year since the streaming music service launched its Discovery Weekly feature,...Show More Summary

The "Race to the Bottom" Has Only One Runner

Jackson, Mississippi. The media have decided that the presidential campaign is a "race to the bottom" in which both campaigns are engaged in "mudslinging" and voters are, rightly, equally disgusted with the way the two major party candidates are behaving. This assessment is both mind-boggling and almost as outrageous as what Mr. Show More Summary

Why I Just Can't Support 'The Birth Of A Nation'

In light of the fiasco surrounding Nate Parker, and thus, his upcoming film, The Birth of A Nation in which Parker is the star, producer, director, and co-writer, I've been asked several times if I'm going to see the film. I've already seen it. Show More Summary

This Tourism Campaign's 'No Beachside Honeymooners' Rule Boosted Belize's GDP

Tourism campaigns for Caribbean destinations often have a similar aesthetic—sandy beaches, honeymooning couples, frosty drinks by the pool. But the Belize Tourism Board and its agency, Olson, had enough of that. For its latest ad campaigns,...Show More Summary

Ryan Lochte Inks Endorsement Deal With Pine Bros. Throat Drops

Disgraced Olympian Ryan Lochte, who was dropped this week by major sponsors including Speedo and Ralph Lauren, has found a brand willing to take him on. Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops signed an endorsement deal today with Lochte, who will appear in commercial and print ads for the brand. Show More Summary

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