Archive for 2017/06

Manufacturing Authenticity

I was sitting in a darkened airplane reading the Business section of the “New York Times.” What kind of bizarre world do we live in where there’s more analysis and facts in the NYT than the supposed business paper of record, the “Wall Street Journal”? One in which the President denigrates the press, the liberals […]

Why Rock Died

It’s no longer the sound of the street. The initial burst came with the Beatles and the British Invasion, a new sound everybody went wild for. Then came the late sixties free-form FM era, everything from the Doors’ “The End” to Cream’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” Sure, some of these […]

Facebook Makes TV

Distribution is king. Never ever forget that. What boosted all those channels on cable television… Was their availability on cable. They survived on payments from the cable systems, based on the number of subscribers. Even worse, for customers, the giants scooped up the little players and used their leverage to get inclusion and more money. […]

Travis Kalanick

Am I the only person who believes he shouldn’t have been fired? Now Travis is a prick. Unfriendly and self-serving. Granted, my interactions with him have been limited to two panels, but he exuded a self-righteousness and pomposity that were undeniable. But he built Uber out of whole cloth. Read Brad Stone’s “The Upstarts.” Uber […]