Journalism

I've written 300+ essays about innovation, communications and culture for Forbes and Advertising Age over the past decade. Previously, I wrote about brands & technology for Information Week.

Currently, I'm focused on exploring the way individuals, businesses, and institutions "talk" about issues, such as the impact of technology, via a bi-weekly column at Linkedin.

I also write about various aspects of the communications profession, sharing "3 Things You Should Know" research insights from my agency's deep experience around the world. These articles, also on Linkedin, are supported by free, downloadable .pdfs.

The NRA Just Became Irrelevant

Last weekend’s marches against gun violence elevated the conversation past the deflection and vitriol of the NRA. Ex-politician Rick Santorum revealed the emptiness of that “...

Don’t Blame Amazon

Toys “R” Us is closing its stores, and most analyses blame Amazon and online retailing generally. The explanations are misdirected and, at best, incomplete. Three trends combi...

Sugary Drinks Aren’t Cigarettes

In the UK, Coca-Cola has brought more than 100,000 school kids to visit its manufacturing and recycling plants, and it funds an annual business competition that has touched 390,000...

The Case For Regulating A.I.

There are many reasons why we shouldn’t regulate artificial intelligence, or “A.I.,” one reason why we should. The case against regulation was argued most recently in a New...

CES: The Festival of Frivolity

Olivia Solon just wrote a brilliant piece in The Guardian about the inanity of the Consumer Electronics Show. I worry the situation may even be more dire than she suggests. So...

A Presidential Body Cam

The goal of an activist’s failed attempt to scam the Washington Post into sourcing a bogus story was to make people think any news it published could be “fake.” Instead...

Technology Isn’t Better

It might be time to debate our ongoing outsourcing to tech many of life’s activities that once required our active participation, or engagement with others. Already, many of the...

Is Bob Lutz Right?

Yesterday, a former top GM exec failed to convince an array of CNBC talking heads that Tesla is doomed. I wonder if he’s right or not, and whether we have the capacity to judge a...

Do Logos Matter Anymore?

A recent study asked people to draw logos of well-known brands from memory. Most of them failed, but does it matter? The study, which prompted drawings that ranged from nutty my-f...

Earth, Our Only Home

Stephen Hawking has said that mankind must move to another planet within a century or so in order to survive. Elon Musk thinks Mars is the answer. Neither guy is asking the rig...

Two-Faced Brands

Comcast’s marketers want customers to choose its offers while its government affairs team tries to limit their choices. Can brands really have it both ways? This cognitive disso...

Economic Myths

The latest tax bill under consideration in Washington supposes that money saved by companies will create jobs and improve wages. A sympathetic interest group called the Tax Foun...

Knee-Jerk Capitalism

Almost a quarter of millennials have a favorable view of Karl Marx, and one MarketWatch writer thinks Donald Trump Jr. needs to educate them on the evils of socialism. A survey...