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Monthly Archive for May, 2010

You know all those people who sit in meetings but contribute nothing? My friend John Trahar has a great term to describe them. He calls ‘em “Blinkers.” Because that’s all these people do — blink. The junior account executive? She’s busy taking notes. The creatives, they’re busy showin’ work. The planner, busy offering insights. And […]

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What if we started taking agency people seriously when they misused the word “mediums” and just started giving them what they asked for? * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * […]

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Okay, so a job position in the creative department opens up. On one hand, I wanna hire only the most techno-geeked-out, mobile-ready, code-slinging web brat I can find. On the other hand, I want to hire a writer or an art director who knows how to take a blank sheet of paper and make something […]

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About 4 years ago, I managed to talk my way into the offices of The Onion. Met with a nice woman, editor Carol Kolb. Told her the house ads for the newspaper should be as funny as the editorial. Showed her some stuff we’d done and she agreed, yeah, this is Onion funny. (Made my […]

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People tell me I cuss too much. And this video is proof. It’s an hour-long speech to ad students at Miami Ad School. Where I got such a potty mouth is a mystery to me, because my Mom, she’s just as nice a lady as you could care to meet. Go figure. Luke Sullivan from […]

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According the Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff, the Air Force had some harsh rules about what they called “radio chatter.” The thing was, even if your plane was going down, you were not allowed to jam up the airwaves with a bunch of whiny-ass complaining about “Oh, my plane’s on fire. I’m gonna die!” […]

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