Quick Takes: 6/5/13

20130604-newconstellation-x600-1370358957Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sting and U2 all have new albums coming out later this year and I’m very excited about all of them, but especially Toad.

An interesting look at free speech and how social network companies are trying to regulate “hate” and other distasteful speech by people while not infringing on stuff that might be caught by an algorithm.

The Onion’s AV Club has a full appreciation of The Kids in the Hall along with what they think are the 10 best episodes of the show. But aside from that it’s worth reading just for the breakdown of what sort of overall role each member of the troupe played in shaping its direction.

Adweek looks at the windowing issues that are going to increasingly crop up for consumers as more and more studios sign exclusive distribution contracts with various online video streaming and on-demand services. We’re basically entering a world that’s the equivalent of the VHS/Betamax wars of the 70s/80s.

By not engaging in the price discount mutually-assured-destruction game Ambercrombie & Fitch has managed to retain the sense among its target audience that it’s hip, relevant and still hot.

By Chris Thilk

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist with over 15 years of experience in online strategy and content marketing. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.