American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Jeff “Big Brother” bezos and Amazon’s remote control

In June, fans of Ayn Rand suffered the same fate—Amazon removed Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and The Virtue of Selfishness, with an explanation that it had “recently discovered a problem” with the titles. And some customers have complained of the same experience with Harry Potter books. Amazon says the Kindle versions of all these books [...]

Eames Polariod SX-70 Commercial

Produced by Charles and Ray Eames for Polaroid. Music by Elmer Bernstein. (Tip of the hat to

50’s Facebook PSA

Thoughts on the usefulness of Twitter in PR

Everyone is trying to find uses for Twitter in their marketing. All I can say is “Whoa Nelli!” Slow down there. It’s just another tool! It’s not the coming of the messiah.
I think using a Twitter stream like you’d use press releases, ads or targeted marketing makes for a good use of the medium, [...]

Best in penetration

A real email that was just forwarded to me. Hat tip to JJ, who wrote “I wish I could say that on my resume….”

From: xxxx in HR
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:25 AM
To: Everyone; xxxxxxx
Subject: Congratulations Jason XXXX
Please join me in congratulating Jason XXXX on his recent successful completion of the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester [...]

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