Al Jazeera: America’s Not-So-Warm Embrace

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in The Flack | No Comments
Al Jazeera: America’s Not-So-Warm Embrace

Several years ago when Al Jazeera announced its ambitious plans to expand its TV news footprint from the Middle East to the United States, I scratched my head and pondered the foolishness of such an idea. After all, didn’t Al Jazeera built its brand identity as the propaganda arm for the Intifada and a few […]

Netflix As Trusted News Source?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in The Flack | No Comments
Netflix As Trusted News Source?

This is clearly Netflix’s moment. On a macro level, the company’s streaming programming service has upended the business model for the TV industry as we know it, in spite of what the broadcast network chiefs contend. Yesterday, company CEO Reed Hastings gave the gadget-hungry media gaggle at CES a taste of something different by announcing […]

Will Television Follow Newspapers’ Fate?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in The Flack | 4 Comments
Will Television Follow Newspapers’ Fate?

One of the bigger questions that emerged from last week’s Business Insider Ignition conference revolved around whether traditional television will endure the same pain as the newspaper industry has. In his opening remarks, BI founder/publisher Henry Blodget audaciously stated as much: “Netflix 70M subs, Hulu 10M, Amazon 45M, Apple TV 35M. TV will soon feel […]

Millennials, Gen X To Rule Our Digital Future

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in The Flack | No Comments

What better way to lead into a post on my adventures at this year’s Business Insider Ignition: Future of Digital conference than with a Bloomberg News story suggesting that BI’s new Berlin-based owners, Axel Springer, is considering putting the digitally native news site behind a paywall. It’s part of a larger push by the German […]

Full Frontal Media: Kylie vs. Kim

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in The Flack | No Comments
Full Frontal Media: Kylie vs. Kim

No. Kylie Jenner is not a client of my firm’s. In fact, I find her latest PR stunt offensive on so many levels. Yet, here I am writing about it, as an unwitting marketing pawn in a carefully choreographed chess game designed to add more media fuel to the fame flame that has kept her […]

How Anonymous and Southwest Airlines Fight Terror

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in The Flack | No Comments

Governmental, organizational and individual reactions and overreactions to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali run the gamut and have spurred both fear and action. Global hacker group Anonymous suddenly morphed from Guy Fawkes to Charles Bronson in mounting an attack on ISIS vast online and social networks. “A hundred thousand twitter accounts have been […]

In Search Of A Better Media Experience

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in The Flack | No Comments
In Search Of A Better Media Experience

The clients of each company include many of the most prestigious news brands in the media industry. One works with the likes of The New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, ABC News, and NewsCorp, while the second represents prestige publishers like Time Inc., CBSi, Hearst, NBC, Meredith, Vice, and Vox Media. Each, in its own way, […]

Newspapers Getting Their Game On

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in The Flack | No Comments

A few years back at SXSW, the ubiquity of QR codes earned that promising AR-like technology the conference crown, in spite of its obvious flaws. The previous year, it was the geo-locating, Mayor-making check-in app FourSquare that emerged as the clear winner, especially for night crawlers and humble braggers. Each had their proverbial 15 minutes […]

Startups Shine At Web Summit

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in The Flack | No Comments

As with any conference attended by 42,000 people, it’s virtually impossible to take in everything the organizers have served up. The Web Summit in Dublin this week was no exception. Only meticulous planning, a willingness to pivot and just plain serendipity will permit one to find fulfillment over the course of three, impossibly hectic days. […]

The Home of Guinness Gets Geeky

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in The Flack | One Comment

Some 40,000 tech geeks descended upon Dublin this week to attend, speak at, report on, sell and/or demo their wares at one of the biggest and most condensed web events in a sea of such events globally. Now in its 5th year, the sold-out “Web Summit” is not without a fair share of intrigue, including […]