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Category: Television

Mister Rogers at the factory

Ten years after his death, Fred Rogers is a social media sensation. It’s chiefly because of a beautiful quote he once said about how to talk to children in a time of crisis.

Prudential, talking life and death

A Prudential billboard went up near me lately with a terrific line on it. Every time I go past it, it gets me thinking.

Two Super Bowl ads killed by the clock

Advertisers often create both long and short versions of the same commercial. There are sensible reasons for this. Unfortunately problems happen when you try to cram a big, 1-minute concept into half the time. Here are two 2013 Super Bowl … Continue reading

Why Twitter will survive: Television

This summer marked an important pop culture anniversary: It’s been 10 years since the first season of “American Idol.” A decade later, we can see that season wasn’t just a landmark for television. It was also an omen predicting the … Continue reading

Meetings: The show!

Let’s discuss that AMC show about advertising. No, the other one!

Is your keyboard holding you back?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about computer keyboards. All of my creative output is transmitted through a computer keyboard. Don’t I deserve a really excellent one?

Elephants. They’re just like us.

Funny thing about touch screens: Animals like them. My cat is fascinated by my smartphone, which lights up when he paws at it. Now here comes a commercial showing an elephant operating a Samsung smartphone with his trunk!

Behold Apple’s new logo treatment

During the unveiling of the new iPad this week, Apple briefly flashed on screen a new treatment of its classic logo. It looks like this:

“Worst TV show of the week”

For your “turn lemons into lemonade” file: These posters for “Family Guy” on the Four network in New Zealand quote the show’s harshest critics as positive testimonials.

SNL spoofs “Halftime In America” ad

This weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a spoof of Chrysler’s “Halftime In America” ad, which I and many others thought was the best ad of this year’s Super Bowl. It’s pretty funny.