Turns Out Trump Was Just Kidding

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“I figured the best way to generate interest in my CRAP project was to show the network brass that it wasn’t far-fetched; that with the right celebrity under the right circumstances, anyone who is universally known, respected and willing to say absolutely anything could generate enough support to be elected President of the United States.”

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How to Tragedy

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You hear a gay bar called a “soft target,” and you are forced to confront the inconceivability of hardening the soft targets where you live your life, like the mall you were planning to shop at this afternoon, or the café where you ate last night, which in hindsight could be the twin of the Tel Aviv café where terrorists killed four people a few days before.

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We Mourn Muhammad Ali — And Something Even Bigger

Muhammad_Ali_1966Ali-Frazier. It was an event everybody in America paid attention to. In our fragmented media environment today that wouldn’t happen. That’s unfortunate.
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Why Trump is Velcro, Not Teflon…


Many people vote to send a message of rage and to shake things up, but I suspect just as many vote to maximize the fun of watching all that tumultuousness play out in the media. I include myself; I feel that undertow.

We’re not just voting for a candidate, we’re voting for an experience — the rush of crisis, the thrill of combat, the high of “breaking news,” the squirt of dopamine when something crazy could happen next. The electorate has become the audience, and the audience has become addicted to entertainment.

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Answer Coming Soon

San_Giorgio_Maggiore_20070710-1 (1)Seven thousand journalists were descending on Venice for the G-7 Summit. All were ready to pounce on the tiny Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the yawning jaw of the Grand Canal, but few would ever make it to that protected redoubt. There the principals would soon arrive, and do much of their real negotiations behind closed doors at the dining room tables, away from the glare of the public sessions and briefings. Continue reading Answer Coming Soon