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Chuck Berry, 1926 – 2017

Chuck Berry, 1926 – 2017

Pop stars come and go, but really, not many of them are all that significant.
Chuck Berry was. He had a very big role (the biggest?) in inventing and articulating the rebelliousness that defined the emerging baby boomer generation.
He wrote the songs. He played them. Everyone covered them.
Without him, many of the big rock and roll acts that followed him would have been very different.
(The Beach Boys and The Stones for starters.)
Plus, he was his own boss, notoriously tough to deal with. Cash up front.
He was certainly worth a moment’s reflection.

Trump’s digital magic… how magic really?

Trump’s digital magic… how magic really?

Cambridge Analytica has been widely credited with getting The Donald over The Line. (By Cambridge Analytica, at least.)
Cambridge is a polling business at the leading edge of data mining and interpretation.
Recent stories described a profile building system based on – amongst other things – Facebook likes.
So incisive, we were told, that with 10 likes they’d know how you were likely to vote, 20 likes they’d know more about you than your partner, and with 30 they’d know more about you than you know about yourself.….or so the story went.
Perhaps there was a bit of salesmanship in there?
This is a very good read nonetheless, about the future of digital profile building.
Even if we’re not quite there yet.
Nike Hates Screens

Nike Hates Screens

We missed this one, but it’s so right on so many levels.
It taps into a big, big truth.
It cuts through because it’s sooooo simple…
It takes a position, and is inspiring as a result.
It cost almost nothing (apart from the exhorbitant fee Nike payed their agency – which was worth it.)
And (P.S.) the execution is perfect: audio, edit….brilliant.
Bravo.

A lateral way to shift smokers’ attitudes

A lateral way to shift smokers’ attitudes

We read that Sweden has the lowest rate of smoking in the world. Only 11% of adults smoke.

(Having said that, roughly 20% of people use snus, which is like chewing tobacco.)
So, a very low smoking rate – maybe because of initiatives like this one.
This is inventive, newsworthy stuff. It will “keep the pressure on” – keep the issue current.
Will it drive further dramatic change? Probably not.
But we think it’s persuasive in a subtler way.
Smokers will enjoy being reminded that they should give up.
…and that makes a nice change.

Amazon Go is coming

Amazon Go is coming

The most consistently underrated tech giant is about to do it again.
A supermarket with no queues. Just grab and go.
(And then there’s the data it generates, of course….)

Extraordinary

Extraordinary

 

For editing, audio design…. and for just making the hair stand up on the back of your neck, this is really something.

It reminds us of why rock music has been such a phenomenon.
(To be played loud and full screen!)
Amazing credits

Amazing credits

Westworld is the new HBO series based on the 70s movie of the same name.
Boy oh boy, do they do good opening credits – you could watch this again and again.
Which, of course, is exactly the idea.