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3 O'Clock High: Barbarian in the Gates


"Lindsey Lohan and Kate Moss... right down the street and we missed it!"


Shoop-Da-Oobie, I'm in tatters. If you're looking for a "column" of "professional-level financial writing" presented with a "coherant structure" you've come to the wrong place. Especially today.

It's been a big, fun, deeply strange and most likely meaningful-in-retrospect-week. But I can't really guess as to what it all means just yet. It's too soon, I'm hungover and I have to finish the Danny Thomas-themed gift some friends and I are creating in Todd's apartment before I head to the airport.

So I'll figure it out later and, after I do, I'll share my Global Theory of Financial Media and How We're Going to Shape it with you all.

Right now, I'm sort of just taking notes...

  • There's a big change a comin' for all media. Everything is going to get much more "real" and it's going to happen sooner than the traditional media channels, as institutions, think or want. The catalyst is all of the information so freely, disquietingly, available to us all.
  • Not to go all Left Coast on you, and these ideas are still cooking but a world of near-total information is a world where no agendas can be truly "hidden". Pretending to be anything which you are not is becoming the new elevator shoes. It's tacky and only draws attention to your disingenuous nature.
  • "Being Honest" could become the new "Lying", in terms of human interaction and business dealings.
  • That has a lot of really odd and enormous implications, if you consider it. Among these, Los Angeles might simply cease to exist.

  • WalMart (WMT): No longer in control of their public relations.
  • While cabbing home last night our driver somehow offended a fellow motorist. The cabbie and the lady in the other car exchanged words. What was special, and wonderfully New York, about the ride was that the woman continued to yell at everyone in the car (Todd, Mrs. Jeffmacke and me) for five minutes after we'd driven away. She looked like the world's most hostile mime, dangerously tail-gating our cab and screaming at us. And she honked the entire time. Five minutes of continuous honking and screaming.
  • Though she seemed crazier than a rat in a coffee can, I did have to admire her honesty.
  • "It's time to put the children to bed and go huntin' for dinner" Joe Cane, The Program

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