Whilst 2 Bad Mice are thought of as hardcore, I think of Hold It Down as my all-time favourite pop record – that is pop as perfectly formed music confectionery rather than raw popularity.
FACT magazine has a great article rehabilitating 2 Bad Mice for the Hoxton set, but I don’t care I love their sound anyway. Here is a mix that they originally pulled together for FACT. FACT Mix 250 – 2 Bad Mice (May ’11) by factmag
Underpinnings of the Internet Shift – NYTimes.com – interesting the way governments are subverting the freedoms of citizens in developed countries. This is probably the most lasting legacy of Wikipedia, the wisdom of mobs and the lobbyists of the media industries who see UGC as akin to communism
Zuckerberg: Privacy anxiety is fleeting | Digital Media – CNET News – “We’ll roll it out, and pretty often there’ll be this backlash, and people will say, ok, we don’t like this new thing,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s I think a real anxiety. People were really afraid of more people being able to be involved in the social network.” A bit like the analogy of the boot stamping on the face of society in 1984, those people too got used to the new normal
Most professional politicians in the West are lawyers, trade union officials, civil servants, politicos or PR people by background. Vladimir Putin is a former intelligence officer and still known for being an action man, so it was only a matter of time before he got his own comic strip. Superputin is a fantastically drawn strip with tongue-in-cheek humour.
I personally think that this comic strip enhances Mr Putin’s reputation.
I was in the Architectural Association one lunch time looking at some of the exhibited work and this quote was on the stairwell as I headed to the bar area.
The quote really resonated with me; relatively few of us have been so desperate or so lucky; that we have truly been tested. Something to think about when the wisdom of mobs kicks in.
Edelman have some great data points in this custom research. If I was an entertainment brand I would be concerned about the drop in perceived value of their product to consumers. It’s also no longer important to be on top of the latest entertainment as it comes out. It may be the economy, or it maybe a sustained consumer change; either way things will get messy as we get increasing legislation that the entertainment industry has lobbied for.
One of the least useful tools in many businesses now is the 360 appraisal. It doesn’t really tell you that much apart from if you are a douche bag or a mensch.
Being on Twitter for far longer than is healthy, I decided to use the titles of lists that featured on Twitter to shine a light into the dark corners using Wordle.
So much for science, where are my runes and my fresh goats entrails.
Ross Perlin on his recent book Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy. Internships have been controversial in agency life and have been portrayed as either an advantage of the middle and upper classes or as exploitation of the young. They are broadly designed to move people from school to work, which is I guess what my original apprenticeship did.
I missed doing an internship since I already had worked in industry as a line manager and was working part-time as a market research analyst at what was then the Halifax Building Society. Perlin links the culture of free from the internet (web email, etc) as part of a wider societal move making internships acceptable. Internships have become a commodity in themselves, yet they are still poorly understood.
The idea of intern hierarchies and the pressure to do more than one is quite bizarre. The first intern I worked with was in the oil industry who had taken time off from university because of ME and was an obsessive Michael Jackson fan. He missed out on hazing that the rest of us had as he was unpaid and so wasn’t seem to have skin in the game.
At cross-purposes | SCMP.com – Chinese history shows that the Americans have misread the intentions of their ‘strategic rival’. Unfortunately, it has paved the way to a vicious cycle of mutual misunderstanding (pay wall)
Shamelessly inspired by this post over at PR Moment:
People assuming that everything is as malleable and easy to change as a press release. Video, graphic design, social media programmes and website builds are some things that don’t do mission creep well and once you set them on a run you have to stay the course
People who bang on about either: why <insert marketing discipline here> should be in charge of social media, or ask who owns social media. It’s like asking who should be in charge of the telephones or the post-it notes. The more pertinent question would be how can I use social media to do a better job
People who say ‘I don’t have much budget, but could do payment by results‘ – so you can pay, but don’t want to. Don’t view marketing as particularly important and will be a pain-in-the-ass client down the road: no thank you
People who wear rugby union shirts. In my book its just as chavvy as wearing a football shirt as leisurewear and there is a certain amount of northern snobbery in me that thinks if it isn’t league it isn’t rugby
People who say ‘oh you don’t drink, that must be terrible‘ – not really, I don’t really know what its like so I can’t really miss it. I also walk away from people who are drunk rather than sitting there like a gooseberry. And before you ask I won’t be your designated driver
People who always say business is going really well, even when it isn’t. Agencies can’t defy business cycles inevitably there will be peaks and troughs – be honest about it
Recruitment consultants who keep pushing PHP programmer CVs at me, even after I’ve asked them not to get in touch again
People who when asked who their audience was in terms of socio-economic data, demographics and psychographics answer ‘everyone‘. What you’ve actually told me is that: you don’t know what success looks like, you don’t know how to measure it and you are not really sure why someone is paying for this campaign
The compelling imperative for PR people in particular to ‘do something‘; taking a step back and thinking about something or doing nothing for a perfectly good reason doesn’t seem to register. It reminds me of a story I was once told about Americans negotiating with the North Vietnamese. When the US was extracting itself from the Vietnam conflict; they booked hotel rooms for 3 weeks duration, whereas their opponents booked six months. Other marketing disciplines get that breathing space and detachment from research, insights and planning before ‘doing something‘
Receiving business spam email. It’s generally poorly targeted. Also if you are writing to an email address with a .co.uk domain chances are that the recipient would like to receive the mail in English
I got an email from eBay promoting that it was selling 500 Samsung Galaxy tablets at a discount. It was an interesting tactic probably being used as part of a wider campaign to try and get a critical mass of tablets out there and hopefully build a bit of buzz in the face of Apple’s iPad.
At the end of the day, it’s just a pretender. Just in the same way that nothing can make up for having the wrong brand of shoes in the playground; the Galaxy is no iPad.
Some dumb ass boy racer uploaded this footage without obscuring his friend’s number plate on a tricked out Subaru. Some nice footage of Hong Kong at night though.
I understand the attraction: great roads, boredom and mainstream culture flaunting the car as a way to freedom a la Initial-D, Bullitt and The Fast & The Furious – I pushed the poor excuse for vehicles I had hard when I lived up North. But damn, filming yourself, that’s worse than being a grass. It’s stupidity on an almost Darwinian-level.