Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quitting Google

The world’s biggest advertising and media companies are waking up to the fact that despite all the available analytics Google is opaque about why ads end up where they do. By Andrew J. Pridgen It may be a hiccup, a quick correction, a one-off, but one of the biggest advertising firms in the world is doing the unthinkable — they’re quitting Google. New...

St. Patrick’s Day in America: A spectacle of white entitlement and assholery

Seriously, you’re doing this again? By Andrew J. Pridgen I wonder about people who still celebrate St. Patrick’s day in America. Like who the fuck are you and why do you give a shit? More importantly, why do you think everyone else needs to give a shit about you and your hammered ars? ...Also, you realize it’s a day of religious contemplation,...

The internet is freaking out over Marissa Mayer’s golden parachute from Yahoo! What it should be worried about is how small her exit amount is compared to a male...

Marissa Mayer will leave Yahoo! with a $23 million golden parachute, but people are mad, not because her tenure was unremarkable ...but because she’s a woman. By Andrew J. Pridgen The golden girl of Google after four years of trying to breathe life into the CPR dummy that is Yahoo! is being let go and will get a golden parachute which...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth’s latest email expression “Atmospheric Rivers” is revelatory wordplay—a brazen and purposeful liberation from fact, reason and truth

The free verse poem vaguely hidden by his email transmission is the Squaw CEO’s masterwork to date. By Andrew J. Pridgen Performance artist, corporate mouthpiece, serial monologist, evolutionary grammarian and internet provocateur Andy Wirth’s latest transmission to his waiting public is verily a thinly disguised free verse poem. Wirth uses repetition and occasional rhyming along with his unique sentence structure, signature...

How ESPN killed ESPN

With audience numbers shrinking, ESPN is now left with bloated contracts (and hosts) and a product that no longer jibes with the audience’s taste. By Andrew J. Pridgen Ratings in a decline for the better part of a decade, ESPN is making cuts that will affect more than just the back of the house. Word spread Monday that The Network...

The Reno Gazette-Journal shares blueprint for a no-newspaper future in mid-sized American cities

...And, of course, a suggestion on how to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen While spending time in Northern Nevada recently, I was saddened to hear that the paper of record there, the Reno Gazette-Journal, will liquidate in May. The newspaper dates back to the Gold Rush era and was founded shortly after a reporter by the name of Samuel Clemens...

Donald Trump is Thanking Great Lakes Voters by Destroying Their Water

Republican presidential candidates hadn’t won Wisconsin or Michigan since 1984 and 1988, respectively, before Donald Trump swept through the Great Lakes states in 2016. Now he’s paying them back by fucking up their water. Written by Kyle Magin The Great Lakes hold a fifth of the world’s fresh water. There is nothing like them in the world. Nowhere does this much...

The No Way Out Administration

It’s not a matter of whether but how much Trump and his immediate surrogates are compromised by Russia. The only question that remains is: Where is the smoking gun...or Kevin Costner? By Andrew J. Pridgen The current, and justifiable, freak out over Jeff Sessions’ dealings with a Russian envoy (two meetings) during the ramp up to Trump taking office should perhaps...

Using a soldier’s preventable death for an applause line — welcome to the unbearable irony of the Trump presidency

Or, Van Jones, what the fuck is wrong with you? By Andrew J. Pridgen President Donald J. Trump enjoyed the first two minutes of love during his young but embattled administration during Tuesday’s prime time State of the Union-style speech to a joint session of Congress. The administration, which has thus far been pockmarked by a steady flow of lies (there were...

Looking for a job in Tahoe? The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s high-end search for a vengeful mouthpiece has begun. Typos in resume optional, but recommended.

It's human 'N'ature to not want to work very hard unless it comes to picking fights with local media and ghost writing press releases taking credit for things that would have happened anyway. Written by Kyle Magin It takes $42,000 to hire a bully. That’s how much Sandy Evans-Hall, the CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, got in taxpayer dollars...

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Quitting Google

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