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Richard North Patterson

Fun Questions for the Next GOP Debate

Richard North Patterson | December 1, 2015 | Politics
Before it's too late, don't you want to find out how nuts some of these people really are? I sure do. So here are my suggested questions for a truly enlightening evening.
Andy Plesser

(VIDEO) True Ad Personalization Will Never Happen: Modi's Thissen

Andy Plesser | November 30, 2015 | Media
All the talk in TV ad land is about the prospects for super-targeting viewers of connected TVs with hyper-individualized ad messages. One school of thought says that kind of dynamic personalization is "science-fiction". And a leading addressable TV advertising exec is similarly bearish. "I don't think true personalization, where...
Andy Plesser

(VIDEO) Why Out-Of-Context Ads Can Work Best: Xaxis' Schlickum

Andy Plesser | November 30, 2015 | Media
Despite the emergence of ads networks and individual targeting that allows advertisers to reach consumers on whatever site they may be, many ad tech execs say context -- the art of simply placing an ad in a related publication or TV show -- will continue to prove valuable. But can context actually...
Phil Fragasso

The GOP is Why I Write Fiction

Phil Fragasso | November 30, 2015 | Media
Fiction is often dismissed as a cheap form of escapism, but the GOP's almost universal disdain for factual information has created an environment where writers of fiction can entertain and educate at the same time.
Anthony Biglan

Ahh, the 'War on Christmas'

Anthony Biglan | November 30, 2015 | Media
The "War on Christmas" agitation is quite contrary to the spirit of Christmas that I learned as a child and still hold dear. In The Nurture Effect I write about how we can build caring relationships with others and how fundamental doing so is to evolving a more nurturing society.
Eric Boehlert

The Planned Parenthood Attack and How Homegrown Terrorism Gets Downplayed by the Press

Eric Boehlert | November 30, 2015 | Media
Imagine if a Muslim gunman had opened fire at an American shopping center on Black Friday, shot eleven people and killed three, including a police officer. Do you think CNN would have broken away from programming just hours after the shooter was apprehended in order to air a pop culture documentary?
Deborah J. Levine

The Power of Words and a Nudge

Deborah J. Levine | November 30, 2015 | Media
The brilliant idea of drafting community reporters came from a publisher with massive political credentials. Combining the power of words with the power of grass roots advocacy was no doubt a natural strategy for Griscom.
E. Nina Rothe

Anatomy of a Breakup: Why I (Almost) Called It Quits With Facebook

E. Nina Rothe | November 30, 2015 | Media
The best way to get back to the roots of Facebook, I decided, was to unfriend. As I went through the list of my "friends" striking left and right, I realized at least 70 percent of them I didn't even recognize.
Eric Olander

How Terrorism Is Affecting China's Africa Agenda

Eric Olander | November 30, 2015 | World
With each of these attacks, the perception at home is that China may now be a great power but one that can't seem to protect its people abroad. The Chinese clearly recognize the problem. The question is can they do anything about it? This week, Eric & Cobus discuss -- in the podcast above -- the new security realities confronting China's engagement in Africa and MENA and explore what options, if any, policymakers have to confront the mounting threat against their people and interests.
Tom Engelhardt

Saying Anything, Election 2016-style

Tom Engelhardt | November 29, 2015 | Politics
Here is what's grimly fascinating in this year's dystopian carnival of a Republican presidential primary. When it comes to what can be said in America, all bets are off.
Nomi Prins

The American Hunger Games: Top Republican Candidates Take Economic Policy Into the Wilderness

Nomi Prins | November 29, 2015 | Politics
Certainly, there has never been a stranger or more unsettling Republican campaign for the presidential nomination or one more filled with economic balderdash and showmanship.
Kimberley A. Johnson

Men Need to Stop Telling Women What to Write, Say, Think, Feel...

Kimberley A. Johnson | November 29, 2015 | Women
Men who give unsolicited advice about what I should or shouldn't be saying are sexist chauvinists who just can't stand that a woman has a voice. To them I say with a smile; too bad.
Patricia Ward Kelly

I Knew Gene Kelly. Donald Trump Is No Gene Kelly

Patricia Ward Kelly | November 27, 2015 | Entertainment
Donald Trump's toxic comments about immigrants and women are completely counter to the spirit of my late husband Gene Kelly. Not only would Gene be appalled by Trump's deplorable words and actions, he would be stricken that such depravity could be tolerated in a race for President of the United States.
Daniel N. Arshack

Like Waleed Abu Al-Khair, We Must Never Waver in Our Commitment to Human Rights

Daniel N. Arshack | November 27, 2015 | Politics
Although the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly pledged to comply with various Human Rights conventions, it nonetheless repeatedly has trampled the basic human rights of Waleed and others who are now languishing in Saudi prisons with crippling sentences of 15, 20 and 30 years.
Eric Alterman

The Altercation Black Friday Gift-Giving Guide, Part I

Eric Alterman | November 27, 2015 | Media
So my extremely occasional blog, "Altercation" has migrated here. I use it largely to follow up on things that I couldn't include in my Nation columns and write about music, books, theater, etc, but mostly music.
Michael Winship

'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy

Michael Winship | November 27, 2015 | Media
Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporter. If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight.
Michael Skafidas

France's Most Famous Arab Cartoonist on Growing Up Between Two Worlds

Michael Skafidas | November 30, 2015 | World
"People are realizing that the Middle East is not a big mysterious region where everyone is the same. Countries and people are different from one place to another. Persia is a very different place than the 'Arab world,' and the Arab world doesn't mean anything either, because life is very different between let's say Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. People need to talk about themselves and their lives. The comic expression is dynamic and the best medium for this."
Ahmad Kiarostami

The Truth About Siamak Namazi, the Iranian-American Arrested in Iran

Ahmad Kiarostami | November 25, 2015 | World
I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.
Andy Plesser

(VIDEO) How Simulmedia Tracks The ROI Of Linear TV: VP Storan

Andy Plesser | November 25, 2015 | Media
FORT LAUDERDALE -- It may be old-fashioned linear TV, but that doesn't mean you can't bring internet-like next-gen ad measurement to the 'ol box. That's what Simulmedia, the ad technology vendor, is doing. Although the company focuses on helping clients find the best inventory in linear television, not online video...
Andy Plesser

(VIDEO) Data Will Set Context Free: SMG's Scheppach

Andy Plesser | November 25, 2015 | Media
Advertisers are getting excited by the possibilities for super-targeted TV marketing promised by new ad tech platforms. In fact, to many, it looks like the days of traditional TV ads, which are bought against the context of demographic audience profiles, are numbered. But things are set for a correction, says one...
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