Ranting

Memphasis > Listen for Home

June 11th, 2015

WHEN YOU’RE HOME, YOU CAN HEAR IT. I was recently reminded of a story I heard from an actor friend years ago when he was in town for a commercial I was making. His name was Robert Lansing – if you’re old enough, you’ll remember him from TV’s 12 O’clock High. While making a movie in Georgia, he and a production ...

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Memphasis > A measure of truth.

June 4th, 2015

A MEASURE OF JOURNALISM. As I wondered what to write about while on vacation, I was bailed out by New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and my friend Jay Martin who sent me her article. Ms. Sullivan upon ending her teaching stint at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism left these parting words for her students and posted them: “1. About social media.

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Memphasis > Corporate Speak

May 28th, 2015

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE. Corporate speak – the art of saying very little with a great many words in order that something very little might appear to be very great, or that something very grave might be buried under so many words that there is little chance of digging it out – continues to thrive, its practitioners legion, its impact so significant that since the ...

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Memphasis > Time To Produce

May 21st, 2015

MEMPHIS: THE SEQUEL. “People who make movies – people like Francis Ford Coppola and Milos Forman and Sydney Pollack, and our own Craig Brewer and Willy Bearden – and people like me who write and produce TV spots and videos all have something in common. We know just how damn good Memphis looks through a lens, we know how deep the local talent pool is for ...

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Memphasis > Getting to the bottom.

May 14th, 2015

 A BIG BASS PROBLEM. We’ve done it. Just like a lure, the light reflects off a shiny object and draws a crowd. A huge shiny object. A huge crowd. And we’ve done it again. We’re letting something tiny by comparison, a minnow to a record catfish, foul the water and spoil the catch. Where’s the bridge? After all we’ve been through, ...

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