Twitter: Big Brother or Consumer Comrade?

A few weeks back, while patronizing a popular mall shoe store, I grew impatient watching three teenage clerks texting away while several customers waited for assistance.  After 10 minutes,  a group of us walked out, and I tweeted my exasperation to no one in particular. Not long after, I found an amazing deal on a popular Chardonnay at… Continue Reading Twitter: Big Brother or Consumer Comrade?

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Burger King Long On Vulgar, Short On Couth

I considered subtitling this “Why I Will Never Visit Burger King Again,” but that seems alarmist. However, I am shocked that BK–even though this is from Singapore and not being used in the US (yet)–OK’d such provocative marketing for a saucy new menu item with such “hard” sell. Literally. With as much subtly as a ton… Continue Reading Burger King Long On Vulgar, Short On Couth

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Black and White and Seen All Over

Is this a joke?  Perhaps a skit from Saturday Night Live in, say, 1952?  Or a really great attempt at viral marketing? It’s an actual commercial for a furniture store in North Carolina, where apparently, they just received the telegraph from the Pony Express that the Civil War is over. “For a while, we couldn’t do… Continue Reading Black and White and Seen All Over

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Has Social Networking Gone to the Dogs?

It was only a matter of time.  In this dog-eat dog world, there’s now a social networking site called Dogster for people who think their dogs are the cats meow. The twist? The profiles are “written by” the pups, who befriend other “pup pals” nationwide.  Since many dog owners treat their pets like people, pooch profiles shouldn’t be shocking. On Dogster,… Continue Reading Has Social Networking Gone to the Dogs?

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