Archive for the ‘American life’ Category

One of the biggest winners at the 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in June was a brand the whole world has quickly grown to love: Barack Obama. Actually it was his Presidential campaign headed up by David Plouffe that won two major awards. The news sent my thoughts racing.
Although I’m a marketer through and [...]

Since the news first broke of Philip Markoff’s arrest, I’ve become increasingly obsessed that we’ve reached the tipping point in the trend of real life blurring with online. That particular crime hit me hard when it came across the news scroll. The murders took place in cities I’ve frequented: Warwick, R.I. [...]

23 Jun, 2009

Did that really ever happen?

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: American life| nostalgia

If you’ve watched “Mad Men” (and if you haven’t, get thee to a Netflix account), I’m certain you’ve been struck by the constant puffing away by nearly every single character. Can’t you just imagine the fictitious stench wafting through those sleek, sexy, uber-stylized Sterling Cooper offices?
Yet while I wouldn’t know exactly how historically and culturally [...]

23 Jun, 2009

The importance of remembering

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: American life| Twitter

Anybody I’m connected with on Twitter or Facebook has surely noticed me giving lots of character-love to the troops-supporting fundraiser Tweet to ReMIND, which kicked off Memorial Day weekend and hits fever pitch as we approach the Fourth of July Weekend.  It’s a vital project that’s harnessing social media to give back to the men [...]

12 Apr, 2009

The global isolation of English

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: American life

While living in Amsterdam just over a decade ago I was impressed by the way everybody I met spoke English—fluently, not just conversationally. What’s more, there were plenty of English-language movies and TV shows with subtitles, as well as books, magazines and newspapers in English. In my global travels since, there have been very few [...]

Since the World As We Knew It morphed from Dalí painting to disaster movie last year, there has been a subdued but detectable undertone to the ever-present anxiety. Though many people contemplate the future with fear and dread, a few are feeling excited. The stress is stimulating them, and I don’t mean government stimulus, I mean [...]

Pepsi: Forever Young

“The last three decades have been marked by the speed of changes. There have been more revolutionary periods, but none where change spread around the world with such lightening speed. The Walkman of 1979 led to the iPod. The Selectric typewriter was replaced by the PC, the Mac, the laptop, the Blackberry. ‘Multitasking’ became a [...]

A CBS News/New York Times poll finds that 6 of every 10 Americans feel people’s lives will be better in the future. Americans appear to have grown more optimistic over the past 30 years; in 1979, only 6 percent of Americans thought the future would be better. The recent poll, conducted as part of the [...]

This look-see at generational angst also prompted a great deal of debate and put me in the center of a conversation about what each generation expects from the next one. As the debate about the generational power shift from Boomers to Cuspers intensifies, Millennials at work and as adults pose the genuine “what’s new.”