Peter Kafka

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The Ad Business Is Either Not as Bad as You Think, or Worse

Love the gang at Ad Age. The more their industry gets battered, the more compelling their stuff becomes. But I would like them to help me out here: Are things getting worse or are they getting better? Because these two headlines (and their subheads, really) on the publication’s homepage today confuse me.

ad-age-heds

And now, via the aggregators’ best practices playbook: Links! Pick your reality:

half-fullGlass half-empty? The ad market is so bad that no one can attend the ad industry’s biggest conference.

Or glass half-full? The ad market isn’t that bad: Just ask the people who run high-end restaurants.

[Image credit: thrig]


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik