It’s alright to feel uninspired. We’ve all heard it or seen it, likely many dozen times, in the last two months. Something something “Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear’ during the Black Plague” or other sentiments along those lines. The point is that hey, if you have all this extra time because you’re not commuting or even … Continue reading Writing During Crisis
The same people who created a broken system are being asked to imagine a new one. We are in the middle of a massive, unplanned experiment. While 30-some states this week are starting down their plans to “reopen” their economic engines, those plans seem to be mostly about retail and manufacturing operations. White collar, information-economy … Continue reading The Workplace May Change, But By Whom?
For a lot of people, the last two months have been a big change. Not being able to go out whenever you want, not being able to buy whatever was needed or wanted, not having the usual cacophony of activities that keep everyone bustling and hustling. All of that was, understandably, a series of major … Continue reading When “Stay At Home” Orders Don’t Change Much
A brief list of opportunities to challenge the societal status quo. Let’s rethink how we fund public education, decoupling it from something as discriminatory and subject to crashes in the broader economy. Let’s rethink healthcare - not just insurance - and decouple it from employment since those who are out of work can’t afford the … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
Society’s expectations are kind of misaligned. There are millions of people who have been laid off in the last few weeks. The job market they’re entering is even more uncertain than the one I faced when I was let go in the middle of 2016, with far fewer options available. If they had retail/service industry … Continue reading Do What You Must Without Shame
Employees can’t be trusted to be productive without monitoring. With vast swaths of the country in lockdown as a protective measure to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, a much higher percentage of employees working from home, at least those who aren’t in the retail/manufacturing/gig/service industries who are unable to do so. That increase has also led … Continue reading Employees Working From Home? Time to Invade Their Privacy
A brief list of realizations over the last couple weeks. That any claims by conservatives to fiscal responsibility on a national level were never in earnest. That criticisms of individuals who find themselves in hard financial times apparently don’t apply to corporations. That apparently the entire U.S. economy is so precarious it’s subject to complete … Continue reading What’s Become Clear
My latest post for The Hollywood Reporter is a recap of Universal’s marketing campaign for The Invisible Man. The marketing campaign Universal is running has downplayed the “monster” elements and instead is selling the movie as a story of an abused woman who reclaims the power taken from her. Early reviews have been largely positive, … Continue reading Selling The Invisible Man
There needs to be a place for material outside the mainstream. [Note: I wrote the below back in August but obviously never published it. In the wake of the news that Dan DiDio has seemingly been pushed out of DC Comics and that DC Collectibles is reclaiming the DC Direct name it was founded under … Continue reading Vertigo, MAD and the Power of Weird Brands
My latest post for The Hollywood Reporter is a recap of the marketing campaign for The Call of The Wild. To sell the movie Disney has created a campaign that emphasizes both the heartfelt nature of the story and the life-or-death nature of the wilderness over a century ago, putting Ford at the center of … Continue reading Selling The Call of The Wild