Downton Abbey, The BBC And PBS Envy

April 2, 2015

The following piece was published on Forbes.com on 3/26/15: It’s official, Downton Abbey, the megahit series on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, will conclude after its upcoming 6th season. Speculation on this has been around since the conclusion of the 5th season this month,…

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Music Dreamin’ And Disruption Before Apple And Spotify: “The Wrecking Crew”

March 22, 2015

The following piece was published on Forbes.com on March 18,  2015: It’s pretty unlikely that the music industry – or most any industry other than the horse and buggy crowd – will ever undergo quite the rapid disruption that music has witnessed in the last…

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Netflix and Net Neutrality: Whose Briar Patch Is This Anyway?

March 11, 2015

The following piece was published on Forbes.com on March 6, 2015: The Federal Communications Commission hasn’t yet officially released its order containing the new net neutrality rules, but there are already a couple of fascinating developments that may give new meaning to the law of…

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The FCC’s Net Neutrality Doesn’t Sound Too Neutral

March 4, 2015

The following piece ran on Forbes.com on 2/27/15: We may be in a world divided by hip-hop and bubble gum pop, but I remain a passionate jazz lover. Unfortunately for many years now it’s been getting increasingly hard (outside of New York City) to find…

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And The Grammy Goes To….A Target Branded Content Spot?

February 22, 2015

THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED ON FORBES.COM ON FEBRUARY 18, 2015: This year’s CBS broadcast of the Grammy Awards featured – as usual – a large number of performances and – not as welcome – some performance issues as well. The digital media picture was bright,…

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Super Bowl Post-Game Media Party: Who’s Trending And How?

February 12, 2015

The following piece ran on Forbes.com on February 2, 2015: Twenty seconds from trauma. That was my night watching my beloved New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX last night with a thrilling interception saving the Patriots (and obsessed fans like…

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Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, And News/Entertainment Conflation

February 12, 2015

The following column ran on Forbes.com on February 11, 2015: I come not to praise Brian Williams, nor to bury him. And frankly, I’m not here to lavish praise on Jon Stewart either – he is being joyfully feted throughout the media today, will have…

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Forbes Column: The New Republic Brand: Digital Disruption Or Destruction?

January 21, 2015

I was a dedicated reader of The New Republic beginning in college and continuing through my Capitol Hill years and beyond, and so found it particularly and personally painful to see it blow up so publicly and so catastrophically (it is still around, but…). My…

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Forbes Column: Ferguson, Facebook And Free Speech: The Employer Five-Step Plan

January 21, 2015

Here are some of my thoughts in the aftermath of the Ferguson, MO tragedy (the shooting of Michael Brown)  and the protests that followed. In an increasingly interdependent world, how we respond to these major events and the respect we must afford employees with equally strong…

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Je Suis Charlie: The Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

January 8, 2015

I simply wanted to lend my voice and platform to send my condolences and pronounce my support for the staff, friends and family of those at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The murder of 12 innocent people is an unspeakable tragedy on so many levels, compounded…

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