The Cure

We can safely say I’m cured. For years I ran my life by ringtone. We had a house phone once upon a time, and even if my arms were full of groceries I would drop them all and run to … Read More

The Photo Era

Back in the day when food websites and blogs were popping up and people began posting photos of their food, art directors everywhere were saying, “Nooooooo” in loud laments. After all, they had built whole careers on the quality of … Read More

Updating Privacy

If you are like me (and, trust me, I’m fairly normal when it comes to being a part of today’s consumer society) you are getting a lot of emails with the subject line something like: “We are updating our privacy … Read More

There Are Consequences

My parents raised me knowing the consequences. Yes, I could stay up late, but I still had to get up for school. Yes, I could dye my hair purple, but I had to face potential unemployment, depending on the policies … Read More

Be Polite to Your Robots

I learned this lesson from a two-year-old, actually. To be clear, her interaction was with Alexa, who is more of a tech-enabled virtual assistant than a robot. But whenever she asked Alexa a question, this two-year-old said “please,” and “thank … Read More

The Changing View of Wellness

We have a new rule at the office. Stay home if you are sick. No longer are there medals handed out for making the effort, for dragging your weak and chilled body out of bed, and certainly not for sneezing … Read More

Airports as Retail Destinations

Riddle: I have two hours to kill and a plethora of name brand stores within walking distance. Where am I? Answer: An airport. Where else, in this day and age, do you have two hours of free time? Sure, you … Read More

Making Time

There’s a new excuse in town. For years we’ve talked about being too busy or having too many priorities. Well, now we’re talking about too many things coming at us at once. We can’t think; we need to find a … Read More

New Moms are a Target

They are easy to identify and categorize. They all have similar needs: diaper care, nutrition, laundry products, and sleep. This all makes it easy for the U.S. marketing world to lump new moms all together as they figure out how … Read More

Is The Internet Running Out of Original Content Ideas?

First, you need to accept “the Internet” as an entity. Since much of the world now relies on the vague assumption that there is an internet brain, let’s talk about what that brain is thinking about these days. Slime. Bart … Read More