Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Sorry I haven’t posted here much this year. Certainly not for lack of desire, but my business (firstimpressionsvideo.com) was VERY busy and between shooting, editing and freelancing, the year moved right on by! So since I don’t have my own year-end comments, I will share those of one of the greatest satirists of our time: Dave Barry. Dave has contributed his writing to The Miami Herald for many years, in addition to his many books, and I had the pleasure of meeting Dave when I lived in Miami. He’s rip-roarin’ funny, but usually dead on point at the same time, and here are Dave’s thoughts, in his “2016 Year In Review.” Take note that no one is spared…everyone is fair game for Dave’s pen!

Enjoy, and have a happy and prosperous–and healthy–2017!

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article123321019.html

I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER APPLE PRODUCT AGAIN…EVER!! I have an iPad that had dozens of CDs of various artists we like. Today while on vacation, I wanted to play the music and it was GONE. DELETED by Apple because I DIDN’T BUY THE MUSIC FROM THEM!! Apparently in a recent OS update, the music was wiped out. THANKS FOR THE WARNING, APPLE!! YOU GUYS REALLY, REALLY SUCK!! Interestingly enough, there are a slew of threads with this very complaint. This is the same company that wouldn’t unlock a phone to catch a terrorist, but will just wipe out someone’s music with no warning whatsoever. EPIC FAIL!!!

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Post Script: Today, I found another rant about Apple’s neanderthal behavior. And just because they bury their intention to wipe out all our non-Apple music (and other media, for that matter) in their “terms of service,” that DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT!!

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

 

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I am extremely gratified that my business–First Impressions Video–has been acknowledged as one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” award recipients in the videography category! Thanks to my loyal customers for your continued support. ‪#‎TTBestOf2015‬

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Hi, everyone! Here comes a rant, so tune out now if you don’t want to read it! Still here? OK, then…see if this sounds familiar: You answer your business line (or worse, your cell phone). It’s a “robo-call” from your own area code. The recorded message goes into a spiel warning that “your Google listing has not been claimed,” but as the business owner, you KNOW you’ve claimed it! You’re invited to “press 1 for important information,” along with (of course) a “special offer.” And you also have the option to “press 2 (or sometimes 9)” to be “removed from our list.” Have you heard this before? Bet you have!

Now here’s where it gets interesting (or aggravating…take your choice)! I had a minute or two to kill, so I called the number back, intending to admonish whoever had the guts to answer the call, since they allegedly represented Google, and Google should damn well know that I had claimed my business listing! And the response to my callback? “The number you dialed is not in service….” Really??  Well SOMEONE CALLED FROM THAT NUMBER!!!

My point to all this: Having worked at several companies that sell digital marketing services of all types, I know how this works. I’d like to think that over the years, the managements of these companies would have cleaned up this circus act—especially the part about representing Google (they don’t!). It just seems that the old “churn ‘em and burn ‘em” tactics are still alive and well and all the legitimate companies offering SEO, SEM, PPC, and other services, are getting a collective “black eye” as a result. I don’t have a beef with anyone working for a living, and these call centers provide thousands of jobs, but please don’t insult us business owners with information you know isn’t true!

In the meantime, I continue to Shake My Head on behalf of the companies out there that strive to do it right! Oh, and for the record, I pressed 2 AND 9!

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Anyone still naive enough to think we have ANY privacy left just needs to look at this infographic. As I’ve said before, the internet is the world’s biggest innovation AND its biggest curse!! There is also an interactive version, which you can see here.

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What are your thoughts regarding privacy? Do we really have it any more?

Despite this unsettling observation, be sure to have a safe and Happy New Year!

~TRW

 

Infographic source: Business Insider & InformationIsBeautiful.net

Thinking of the state of journalism today, I was motivated to publish a short remembrance on LinkedIn. I have lots of writer friends on Facebook and thought I’d share this there, as well as here, for the blogosphere:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141022162549-12495457-we-lost-a-giant-yesterday

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COME ON PEOPLE…IT WAS A 4.4 QUAKE, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!! On TV this morning, Chris Schauble STOPS the morning newscast and he and his co-anchor dive under the desk. http://on.today.com/1eLjahP On Channel 7, Leslie Sykes does the same thing, but at least Phillip Palmer stayed cool and calm through it all. Most of the local morning programming even preempted the normal cut over to the networks at 7:00am; only NBC sensed there was “nothing (more) to see here,” and switched to the “Today Show.”

IT WAS A 4.4 FOLKS!! We should save our adrenaline for a time when we really need it. Like the 6.7 Northridge Earthquake that we experienced some 20 years ago.

My $0.02 for the day.