Watching a guy piss at the corner of “Congo” and High Streets, then flip out at a young woman he seemed to think was checking out his package got me thinking that pride is a decidedly unusual attribute at best, if one at all.
Reading about the IRS squeezing conservative and tea party groups and advocates, as well as the U.S. attorney general’s office snooping into AP emails, got me thinking that anyone who blindly follows the dogma of either political party in this country is part of the larger problem. This is not a reality show. This is not Survivor. It’s our nation and it deserves better than either party.
This article got me thinking once again that if our government continues to sputter aimlessly, we are in for a huge generational rift that will make the ’60s look tame. This time it won’t just be largely about cultural and social issues, it will be about economics and survival.
This article sent to me by my friend and colleague Phil McHugh got me thinking. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? After 25 years in this business, I’m generally and thrillingly confused.
Finishing the first season of Girls got me thinking, what is the meaning of selfishness? As the husband of a yogi master who feels it’s important to know oneself, which in turn means focusing on yourself, I wonder if it’s more important to give of yourself or find yourself. And does one of those things need to precede the other?
Listening to the radio while driving with friends got me thinking: Does anyone really need to hear another Steve Miller Band, Whitesnake, Poison or Warrant song ever again?
Hearing the dark echoes of Springsteen’s “Street Of Fire” emanating from my 14-year-old’s room, followed by Macklemore’s “Wings” got me thinking that while things change, and they do and they should, they also remain the same. Great artists drive us forward.
Just got around to watching the final episode of Homeland season 2. The moment when Brody and Carrie have to face life without one another was striking. The line that Brody said – “You gave it up to me” – was so unusual in its phrasing that it got me thinking. Giving yourself is so different from loving. And I loved Carrie’s belated answer, as though she understood just that. “Completely.”
The opening of this article in which the author states that “a big trend is the merging of the digital and physical worlds” got me thinking. First, I’m really off trend, because I didn’t know it was all the rage to merge the two worlds. Second, isn’t that kind of “phygital” (there, I said it) pursuit what led us to being slaves of machines in The Terminator? Alas, not to worry. The practice is only being used so your beer bottle can light up when the next Duffy song comes on at the club. Let’s get phygital! Ugh.
Watching Peggy on the Mad Men opener rip a young creative team about what an execution is versus a new idea got me thinking. Her take was both refreshing and frustrating. She nailed the essence of what young creatives don’t get. But still, some 40 or 50 years on, despite the proliferation of ad schools that are supposedly teaching these kids, most of them still don’t get it. Just laying it out on a tablet does not make it a new idea. It’s just another execution that will never get executed.