Next week in Las Vegas, the annual Consumer Electronics Show promises to once again be an event that highlights the pace of change in technology and consumer behavior. I first heard about CES from the legendary Irwin Gotlieb, with whom I worked in my agency days. Irwin has provided tours at CES for many years, and they are an excellent way to experience new technologies first hand. Several weeks ago, I attended the CES 2019 Unveiled event in New York, which provided a unique overview. That event was hosted by Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, and Karen Chupka, Executive Vice President of CES. Gary has authored such books on the pace of change as “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” and “The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream.” Karen is the mastermind of CES with its multiple venues, content, logistics, people, production and security challenges. What follows are a few takeaways from the New York event.
Editor's note: This is the conclusion of Jack Myers' two-part interview with Michael Farmer, a consultant to the advertising industry since 1992, a former MediaVillage contributor and the author of "Madison Avenue Manslaughter: An Inside View of Fee-Cutting Clients, Profit-Hungry Owners and Declining Ad Agencies." We are pleased to welcome Michael back as lead columnist for our new Creativity Village platform. To submit requests to Michael for interviews, contact E.B. Moss at eb@MediaVillage.com. If you missed it last week, be sure to read the first part of this wide-ranging discussion about the prospects and challenges facing the advertising industry.
Let’s be honest, it’s no secret that 2018 was nothing short of maddening. The world seemed to have gone crazier than usual over the past 365, and I’m glad it’s finally over. Thankfully, television was there the whole time, to hold our hands through the hard times, cover our eyes during the scary times and to open them when we’d ignored the dumpster fire that was our collective existence for too long. Below are my picks for the Top Ten TV Shows of 2018, and just to spice things up they're in no particular order!