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Friday, 28 January 2011 21:22

Truth in Programming

Like sorority girls who stick their butts out in pictures, unnecessary chazeray on furniture, and reality television... Facebook bothers me. Facebook bothers me, not because I don’t see any value in it, I mean a single unified virtual phonebook that people manage themselves is a great idea, but because it’s overkill. Never mind my issues with their license agreement and the world’s complete and blind relegation of the ownership of their digital media, what really irks me about Facebook is how they changed the rules mid game. 

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Friday, 21 January 2011 17:06


High school stereotypes imply that the popular kids don't have to try to maintain their status; they simply show up and people love them. After school specials, on the other hand, console us with stories about life's universal difficulty and how even the head cheerleader has survived her share of pregnancy scares with her reputation intact. How have these conflicting story lines coexisted through so many generations? It turns out some people just know how to manage their own public relations.

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Saturday, 15 January 2011 20:27

Repeat Business

I spent the last week out at corporate headquarters where, among other things, I reimplemented my old habit of hoarding receipts and fulfilling my quarterly restaurant patronage quota. Halfway through my first Californian lunch of the new year I realized wasn’t issued a receipt for my sandwich. Where I come from such a party foul would result in my entitlement to a free lunch, but not here apparently. As I joked about my displeasure with such a small establishment strong arming me into returning, I remembered a conversation from earlier in the day where we discussed the merits of automatically renewing the contracts for our smallest customers.

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Friday, 07 January 2011 14:32

Abandoning Ship

Have any of you ever seen Starved or even (my personal favorite) Better Off Ted? Overwhelmingly the answer I receive is no, and that’s a shame. Classic examples of major networks abandoning ship before a series ever really got off the ground. In the case of Better Off Ted, ABC didn’t even bother to air the final two episodes. I’m most bothered by the fact that, more often than not, the shows that get prematurely cancelled have the best writing. Why don’t the networks understand that given all the crap they sling at us it might take the more refined segment of the public some time to pan for gold?!?

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Erin Wilson is the author and publisher of the Sapient Salesman

A "sapient salesman"?

 A sapient salesman is tasked with being a psychologist, technologist, empathist, humorist, conversationalist, and a dozen other “ists” in the course of practicing their salescraft. Most people can’t wear that many hats, and these tidbits are designed to minimize your millinery mandates. Read more

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