(Editor's note: In this special commentary, media industry veteran Blaise D’Sylva responds to David Smith’s November 11 column "Disarming the Ad Bomb," which was itself a response to Mike Drexler's high profile September 28 commentary about crises and challenges in the advertising business, "The Advertising Industry As We Know It Is About to Blow Up!") "Dear David Smith: I’ve wanted to write this story for a long time but wasn’t sure how to pull it off without making it seem self-serving, defensive or disparaging," D'Sylva writes. "But your recent column on MediaVillage, 'Disarming the Ad Bomb: Part 1,' finally prompted me to respond ..."
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