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David Sable is Global CEO of Y&R, one of the world’s leading global marketing communications companies, with 186 offices in 90 countries. An early digital entrepreneur, David continues to be tapped for his marketing and digital expertise around the world, and has an active presence in the blogosphere with his Weekly Ramble [www.weeklyramble.com]. An active philanthropist, he was just named the Chair of UNICEF’s New York Board. David and his wife, Debbie, have two married daughters, and Henry and Teddy — their treasured grandsons.

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Amazon Goes Hollywood Without the Algorithm

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 6:00 PM

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"You have to use judgment as well."

So said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, to a bunch of TV critics, as reported by The New York Times.

Actually the quote began with: "It's not like you can come in on...

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Ice Water Optional... Click and Shout

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:33 PM

I poured a bucket of ice-cold/ice cube-filled water over my head and posted the video to Facebook.

So did more than a million other people.

No, this wasn't for #dumbestthingspeopledo -- although some might debate that. More on that in a minute.

I did it because the idea...

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Is Facebook an Important Source or a Sweet Distraction?

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:33 PM

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Has Facebook morphed into something new?

Has the evolution of those boring slide shows that grandparents used to relish turned into something more -- more human, perhaps?

Katherine Rosman, an editor of "Sunday Styles" at The New York Times, laments in...

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War Is Hell

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 12:13 AM

"War is hell" ...so said General William Tecumseh Sherman, of U.S. Civil War fame... or infamy (depending on your side), who burned the city of Atlanta to the ground and scorched a path across Georgia that still stirs emotion today.

His remarks were made a number of years...

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How Challenged Have You Ever Really Been?

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:20 PM

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Have you ever felt challenged?

Inadequate?

Worried that you were incapable of getting a task done?

Hopeless in the face of one need or another?

Afraid of ridicule or derision?

Paralyzed by fear of failure?

Be honest.

I have. I think most of...

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Can Amazon Profit From Porn?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:21 PM

AMAZON!!!! Say it ain't so!!!!

"Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and its Losses Swell"-- The New York Times

Why do we think that in the digital world innovation comes at a profit loss?

And why do we ascribe digital brilliance to every so-called "innovation" from companies like an...

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When Will They Ever Learn...

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:43 PM

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Have you ever heard of Arthur... Artie Moore?

Today he would be the top social blogger of our time, bar none.

In the early 1900s he was an amateur wireless operator -- with a homemade receiver and transmitter -- living in Wales. Wireless,...

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Lebron, Brazil, and Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:51 PM

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Do you want to be remembered?

Remember Hickory in the opening sequence of the legendary Wizard of Oz movie:

"Someday they're going to erect a statue to me in this town."

Legacy is a word you hear a...

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Meet My Son, Megatron

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:11 PM

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Digibabble...

My readers know that phrase...and my intense disdain for those who use the word digital or mobile or social, ascribing to them powers, attributes and meaning that are in fact pure crap.

Truth is that the worst offenders are those...

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Where Are the Peers?

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 4:29 PM

2014-07-03-147c7f3.jpg Do you remember Kony?

Joseph Kony, the leader of Central Africa's militant/terrorist child-kidnapping group "Lord's Resistance Army."

Chances are you or someone you know was responsible for one of the 100+ million views of the video "KONY 2012" on Vimeo and...

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Total Recall 2014

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 6:13 PM

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Help me understand this.

BIG DATA is the business buzzword for the accumulation of massive amounts of bits and bytes that are meant to transform enterprises through unprecedented access to intelligence.

Problem is that intelligence cuts two ways - one passive, the...

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Hunt a Mammoth

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:03 PM

Unplug and reconnect.

Amazing how the message seems to resonate... or maybe not so amazing...

I imagine that back in the day, some cave mom told her intense, wall-painting son to get out and hunt a mammoth or two and reconnect with what is real...and I have no doubt that...

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Trees, Shadows, World Cup, and Teams

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 7:11 PM

World Cup -- and here is my question: How are you watching the game, and with whom?

Here is my bet: You are in the vicinity of a large screen and you are surrounded by friends, some of whom you met only a few minutes ago. Unless you scored tickets...

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Monetizers and Snoops

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:40 PM

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But who is protecting us from monetization...?

The New York Times ran an article Saturday called "Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies."

I found it fascinating and a little scary.

Read it -- but the bottom line is that...

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Bury the 'Hachette'

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 7:16 PM

"Buy low, sell high..."

An investment cliché of great fame that has spurred much debate, discussion and derision as well as many spin-offs, such as "Buy high, sell higher" or the famous Will Rogers riff, "To make money, buy some good stock, hold it until it goes up, and then...

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Have We Forgotten How to Remember?

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 10:01 PM

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What are we without our memories?

Our unique human memories....

True, all living things have some sort of hard-coded memory mechanism...default...reflex...evolution imprinter...survival code....

And, I believe, that higher order life also possesses emotional memory -- often deep and moving and touchingly understandable...

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Evil in the Database of the Beholder

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:05 AM

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"Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things."

So said the legendary David Ogilvy many years ago.

But that was before the advent of computers, the Internet and all things digital.

From Newsfactor:

A senate subcommittee says hackers "are infecting...
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Slacktivists, Clicktivists, and Activists

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:30 PM

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It was an evil theme park from a bad movie. You know... the kind where the people all look cheerful and the colors are bright and the music is happy, but lurking just below the surface, hiding just beyond sight is...

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Post-Automation: What Does Poor Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 6:18 PM

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The rich get richer and the poor get bigger televisions.

In a recent article in the New York Times, "Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind," the following question was asked:

Is a family with a car in...

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Prophetic Profits

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:25 AM

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"Amazon's Shrinking Profit Sets Off a Seismic Shock to Its Shares" - New York Times

"Anemic Amazon: Wall Street Tires Of Jeff Bezos' Aversion To Profit" - Forbes

Bing/Google -- no lack of opinion on this subject -- and...

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