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NYT – Finally! – Catches Up to Hardworking Staff (Disney World Edition)

Two weeks ago the hardworking staff did a turn on NPR’s Here & Now with the estimable Sacha Pfeiffer, talking about the Extreme Data Mining currently being inflicted on consumers. PFEIFFER: So, John, of course, collecting is becoming so widespread, data collection. … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Ads: What’s Up with the E-Cig Emails?

Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out. Dear Dr. Ads, I checked my email yesterday and discovered this: Hello friend Merry christmas to you in advance. Thanks for your time. Do you know … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Ads: What’s Up With The VMR Electronic Cigarettes Ad?

Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out. Dear Dr. Ads, Full disclosure: I’m a smoker, which in today’s society means I am 1) morally deficient, and 2) an endless source of revenue for … Continue reading

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You Have No Idea How Much They’re Watching You Online

You probably know that Facebook and Google are strip-mining you like West Virginia for online data, but that’s just part of the story. NPR’s All Things Considered is trying to provide the rest of it in its series Your Digital Trail. … Continue reading

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When A Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés . . .

Well, that’s just sad. The hardworking staff has a habit of recording mangled phrases in the press, and here’s our latest batch. • About a week ago, the Boston Globe ran a story about CBS’s decision to stop broadcasting the … Continue reading

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Kanye West’s Double Life: Icon/Conman

Taylor Swift tormenter Kanye West is very much in the news right now, thanks to Sunday’s New York Times interview and last weekend’s Kim Kardashian delivery of his daughter. But previous to that, there was this (via Radar Online): Kim Kardashian has … Continue reading

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Joe Boyd Gets Last Word On Nick Drake Volkswagen Ad

Ever since the hardworking staff posted this last month, we’ve been going around the Maypole with music producer Joe Boyd about his statements in an NPR interview regarding the Boston ad agency that created the 1999 Volkswagen commercial featuring Nick … Continue reading

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Producer Joe Boyd Gets Nick Drake’s Boston History Wrong (II)

As the hardworking staff promised, we got in touch with the creative director of the 1999 Volkswagen commercial that featured Nick Drake’s Pink Moon:   This all got started when Drake’s producer Joe Boyd said the following in an NPR … Continue reading

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Producer Joe Boyd Gets Nick Drake’s Boston History Wrong

NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered on Sunday included a conversation with Joe Boyd, “[who] produced Nick Drake’s first two albums back in 1969 and 1970, and since Drake’s death has organized concerts in which a dozen or so musicians gather to … Continue reading

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Haul Of Mirrors: The New Wave Of ‘Look What I Bought’ Videos

First off, the hardtracking staff admits we’re way behind the curve when we have to rely on NPR to keep us up to date. That said, here’s the latest front in the stealth marketing juggernaut: Haul Videos. Representative sample (this has 1,713,861 … Continue reading

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