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The Need for Utility: Tech vs. Hype

Advertising Week | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
Advertising Week

By Rosh Singh, Head of Kinetic Active UK/Director of Digital Innovation, Kinetic Worldwide Somewhere in the last 50 years we have, as a society, bec...

Hype: The Social & Financial Currency of Technology

Advertising Week | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Advertising Week

By Kevin Allen, Executive Strategy Director, Publicis Chemistry Oculus Rift, Apple Watch, Tesla. Iridium, Apple Newton, Segway, Second Life. Hype is ...

5 Essential Questions to Ask About the Zika Virus Before Accepting the Hype

Patti R. Rose | Posted 02.03.2017 | Healthy Living
Patti R. Rose

Asking questions about the Zika virus at this point is critical.

Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I love music so much; that I don't see what good comes from choosing one cultural export as the song that defined our year 2014. The investigation of the word "artistry" is the only good thing to emerge from this media blip.

Selling Stem Cells Honestly

Pete Shanks | Posted 09.06.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

Scientists around the world are campaigning in favor of sensible regulation of stem-cell therapies. The recent conference of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) opened with a panel discussion about how to sort the real from the bogus treatments.

Jason Linkins

Relax Everybody, Nobody Is A '2016 Frontrunner' Yet | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

I don't know if it was the anticipation of being snowed in today, or the zany highs of award season reaching their peak with last night's Academy Awar...

Google vs. Death? Really?

Pete Shanks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Pete Shanks

Sure, tech wizards think they can do anything, or that's how it often seems. But they are not alone in that delusion.

The "D" Is Silent

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 06.16.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

With a Chinese censorship two-step thrusting it back into the news and a brand-new DVD release, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained might seem to be ideal fare for those seeking an evening's frivolous entertainment. Or maybe not? It may help to have a little perspective.

4 Reasons It's OK Not to Watch Mad Men

Pauline Millard | Posted 05.25.2012 | TV
Pauline Millard

Not everyone can stay up late on a Sunday night and watch a television show. Some of us have jobs. Most shows, if you miss them, you can catch up with them somewhere online if your DVR spazzes out. Not Mad Men.

Irene Critics: Why Does News Coverage for Safety = Hype?

Shelley Ross | Posted 10.29.2011 | Media
Shelley Ross

Here they come, all the critics mocking the news coverage of Hurricane Irene, the storm that seems to have made some cynics think it was all about politics and Nielsen ratings.

Give My Regards to Broadway

Gwen Davis | Posted 09.01.2011 | Arts
Gwen Davis

The most fascinating thing about Catch Me if you Can is why all those gifted people would want to make it into a musical.

The Agency That Cried "Awesome!"

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

NASA should not have to resort to circus acts as the price for doing science. It's in such circumstances that violence is done to process, to rigor, to integrity.

Arsenic and Odd Lace

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

It was clever of NASA to disclose its "amazing astrobiology discovery" right around budget-cutting time. But they should have better managed the hype -- and kept squarely in their memory the tale of the boy who cried wolf.

Windows Phone 7 Goes on Sale at AT&T and T-Mobile

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

You won't have to look to far for your Windows Phone 7 fix. It is being sold at T-Mobile -- HTC HD7 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. You can also pick one up from AT&T.

Michael Douglas' 'Blatant Honesty' Could Stone Wall Street 2

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Richard Laermer

Simply put: Michael Douglas can't stop talking. None of this is good for the sleep of Oliver Stone, a wayward director who needs Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to be a mega-hit to stay on top.

The Wonderfully Absurd Miami Heat Celebration

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Cenk Uygur

2010-07-11-miamiheat.jpg I love it. You can't go wrong with this kind of overhype.

What BP Can Learn From LeBron

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

1. Don't over-communicate. Just because people want to know what you're up to doesn't mean you have to satisfy them. Keep them guessing. They won't go away in the meantime.

Fox News, Health Care, and the Right-Wing Nervous Breakdown

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Over the past few months, the right-wing media, along with self-adoring Tea Party members, made the mistake of believing their own hype.

Apple, Clooney, Game Change & Hype Du Jour: Five Random Stories About The Media

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Laermer

To say that Apple is releasing products in a cloud of openness ... is not responsible journalism, even for an opinion creator.

The Week That Was

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Laermer

It's cold in this country. You can't blame George W. Bush either. I bring you The Bleak Economic Report: Surprisingly un-spared by effects of the recession is -- tada! -- The Porn Industry.

Mickey Rourke Wins a Golden Globe for His Performance in The Wrestler; He Could Have Been Better

David Bourgeois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Bourgeois

Several scenes in The Wrestler look as if Aronofsky just needed Emotion X and Rourke was instructed to deliver. Cut. Print. Let's wrap for the day.

Palin's Lip Synching Will Soon Have To End

Charles Kozierok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charles Kozierok

Like Milli Vanilli, Sarah Palin's candidacy and current image is built entirely on marketing, media manipulation, performance and deceit. Palin has done little more than the political version of lip-synching: reading someone else's speeches over and over again.

The Facination with Celebrity Women in Crisis

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

Our culture is obsessed with celebrity and when famous women are in crisis, our interest is only heightened. But don't you think we've had enough?