Ranting

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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Memphasis > Can we still be friends?

May 7th, 2015

DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding. He grew up in an old neighborhood under the shade of old oaks – a big city boy with more ambition than brains, a dreamer always looking past the weeds in his own yard to greener grass. He was fun alright – into good times and great restaurants, live music and funky joints, nights that start with ...

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