Monthly Archives: December 2009

Content Marketing and the Hegelian Dialectic

In the olden days, the watchword was: “Content is King!” Thinking on this now, however, I’m not sure that that it was ever really true. Certainly, if your site featured lots and lots of stuff that lots and lots of … Continue reading

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Check Out the Levels

In Ithaca, my friend Art once told me that he hated it when people spoke of “levels” as in, “We’re seeing a whole other level of play on the court today.” (I had just told him that, having finished my … Continue reading

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Man against Nature, Nature against God

Conservative critic Ross Douthat recently took James Cameron and Hollywood to task for rampant pantheist sympathies writing that pantheism “represents a form of religion that even atheists can support.” While I believe he is mistaken to equate, as he does, … Continue reading

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Arthur the Talking Trash Can

Yesterday I was to meet with a fellow, Charles Hamad, so naturally I Googled him. Among the treasures that Google served up was this article from 1974 describing Hamad’s work as a graduate student on a talking trash can named … Continue reading

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Is Marketing Mainly Manipulation or Might It (also) Be Education?

Last spring, while attending a lovely brunch, I got into an unexpectedly heated dispute with the host and one of the guests, professors at a local business college, about the Nazi philosopher, Martin Heidegger. Having told me that they sometimes … Continue reading

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Eric Clapton & Concrete Abstraction

Listening to this Derek and the Dominoes boot is like eavesdropping on the dream of a drunkard. I can imagine being at the show and perceiving it in the same befuddled way as it is presented in this recording: blurred, … Continue reading

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Two Thoughts on the Link Economy

This Sunday past, Richard MacManus published an article on ReadWriteWeb.com entitled, “Content Farms: Why Media, Blogs & Google Should Be Worried.” MacManus believes that Google et al. should be worried because ranking algorithms use in-bound links as an indicator of … Continue reading

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Metal Age

Looking for Slayer videos on YouTube I came across this: “Reek of Putrefaction,” by Carcass. Apparently the video was shot on the “Grindcrusher” Tour in 1989. The tour got it’s name from an amazing compilation which I bought on cassette … Continue reading

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What Is a Social Media Expert? PJA’s Mike O’Toole and MarketingProfs’ Ann Handley Discuss

I once attracted unmitigated ire by openly trumpeting my credentials as a SMexpert. On account of the ego-bruising I suffered at that time, I very eagerly tuned in yesterday to PJA‘s weekly internet radio show, This Week in Social Media. … Continue reading

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The Aesthetic of the Raw Nerve

At times, the philosophical artist will produce a work which primarily expresses the thought that somewhere in the world, right now, there is an open wound. This tendency reaches the stage of decadence, however, when said artist produces, either actually … Continue reading

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