Dear Internet,

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 12:57 pm

We need to talk.

Please stop making me hate you. We once had it all. It was fun, no, transcendent.


Late Night: Upside

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 8:00 pm

A good point-and-laugh at Cadillac. And what a pleasure to meet Pashon Murray. Hope to hear a lot more from her from now on.

Advertising is Just One Small Cog in the Giant Health Care Waste Machine

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:56 am

Only about 5-10 million people are probably going to sign up for coverage on the new exchanges this year. So the insurers are going to spend about $50 per new costumer on advertising plus the hundreds of million the government is also spending on behalf of their outreach, exchange operation, and navigators. Money that would not be spent if we simply expanded public insurance to the uninsured.

Jeff Bezos Letter to Staff Hints at Changes He’ll Make at the Washington Post

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 3:50 pm

If Bezos intends to wring those revenues out of online advertising — the only growing segment of the Post’s revenue stream — he’s going to come up against the Google monopoly.

CFPB Looks Into Deceptive Mortgage Advertising

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 6:45 am

With the dismaying foreclosure fraud settlement in the rear view mirror and happy days here again for the housing market (at least that’s what the analysts tell me), you’d be surprised to know that lenders continue to work their hardest to rip off their customers. Two regulators have opened an investigation into their deceptive marketing tactics

François Hollande Goes Medieval on Eric Schmidt as French Tax Authorities File $1.3 Billion Claim Against Google

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 11:20 am

Hollande was apparently not amused with this monopolistic high-handedness, and so today the French tax authorities filed a $1.3 billion dollar claim against Google to pressure them into a settlement, per France’s weekly Canard Enchaine.

Late Night: Print Fatalism Is Tiresome

By: Monday May 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Look, I get making money isn’t as easy in print as it once was, but I’ve been hearing “print is dead” for 30 years, and in the cases where that’s come to pass, it’s not because of the almighty Internet so much as it’s because of greed and stupidity.

Rush Limbaugh Boycott Up to at Least 36 Advertisers

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:20 am

I was somewhat dubious that this sponsor boycott of Rush Limbaugh for his days of misogynistic comments against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke would be able to gain steam. But as of now, at least thirty-six advertisers have cancelled their ads for the show. Think Progress puts it at 39 advertisers. This includes large advertisers like Capital One.

Best Marriage Equality Commercial Ever

By: Friday November 25, 2011 5:20 pm

Leave it to the Aussies to come up with the ad that LGBT activists have clamored for throughout all our fights with the fundie-bangelicals over our basic human right to marriage equality. Every time our own USA organizations launch a marriage equality advertising campaign, their ads focus on straight allies, supportive relatives of LGBT couples, or members of the political class: hardly ever do we see affected couples.

After Conde Nast Censorship, Reddit to Run Just Say Now Ads for Free

By: Friday August 27, 2010 2:45 pm

Social news aggregator today agreed to host for free advertisements from marijuana advocacy group Just Say Now, after Conde Nast, the site’s parent company rejected all marijuana legalization display ads.

The Reddit community revolted to the censorship, with hundreds of users saying they’d turn on “ad blockers” to deny Reddit and Conde Nast ad revenue. After several hours of pressure from community members, Reddit issued a statement to its community and challenged its parent company’s decision.

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