All posts by Rob Fields

“Ain’t your mama’s and daddy’s super heroes”

I'm really glad Christopher Chambers pinged me about the release today of a new collection of stories he co-edited with Gary Phillips.  Those of you who know me know that I've been a longtime lover and reader of comics.  I'm currently really feeling Marvel's X-Force limited series, although Todd Kelley...

/ August 20, 2008

The difference between Gen X and Gen Y

According to a recent report from eMarketer, distinguishing between the two generations is relatively easy:"Gen Xers use technology when it supports a lifestyle need," said Charles Golvin, an analyst at Forrester, "while technology is so deeply embedded into everything Gen Yers do that they are truly the first native online...

/ July 29, 2008

links for 2008-07-11

Petroleum and Prostitution: Brothel Offers Gas After Ass Sign o' the times. I wonder what the actual redemption rate is on this offer? H/T to Guy Kawasaki and Truemors (tags: the+economy) Where Marketers Are Putting Their Social Media Dollars and Cents Blogging and social nets still get most of the...

/ July 11, 2008

2 days to the Afropunk jumpoff

My friends Boston and Shena just concluded three nights of amazing (yes, it was that good) music this past Saturday with the third installment of the URB Alt Festival.  Check out my posts here and here. But no sooner is that done than the 2008 Afropunk Festival starts.  40 bands,...

/ July 3, 2008

Being “Googley”

We could all take a few minutes to think about where we can apply these principles in our own businesses, and in our interactions with consumers, clients and customers. So, is your business "Googley"? Hat tip to Dave Armano for the heads-up. Read More

/ June 24, 2008

Time.com’s 50 Best Web sites

Fellow blogger David Berkowitz reached out to me on behalf of Time.com 50 Best Web sites.  Definitely an interesting list.  I say that because I don't recognize most of the sites.  The one site I use regularly is Imeem (#31), and I just added TinyURL (#8) to my toolbar after...

/ June 19, 2008

Rob’s Rules of Social Media Etiquette

I belong to several social networks.  Overall, I enjoy the experience and they're all useful for different reasons.  Clearly, we've all been given unprecedented access to one another.  But because the barriers to contact are so much lower, manners and discretion become paramount.  I mean, just because you can connect,...

/ June 18, 2008

NEA’s first national profile of professional artists

As was reported in yesterday's NY Times, there are "[m]ore Americans [who] identify their primary occupation as artist than as lawyer, doctor, police officer or farm worker." Based on the 2005 census, here are some stats: Nearly 2 million Americans hold primary jobs that fit the census' definition of artist...

/ June 13, 2008

Friday, June 13: Stephanie McKay at Central Park Summerstage

My friend Stephanie brings her powerful vocals and infectious brew of soul and funk to bear to kick off Summerstage's 2008 season tomorrow night.  The date's in support of her forthcoming album "Tell It Like It Is," which is already gaining buzz in Europe.  I expect this show to even...

/ June 12, 2008

NY Times on J*Davey

Further reinforcing my point of a cultural shift:When J*Davey first appeared three years ago, it presaged a revival of interest in the intersections between electro and soul. A widely disseminated demo led to a string of dates opening for Prince and a major-label deal with a division of Warner Brothers....

/ June 10, 2008

Keep your (brand) promise, Barack

From Barack Obama's remarks last night:Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.  Thousands of miles have been traveled.  Millions of voices have been heard.  And because of what you said – because you decided that change must...

/ June 4, 2008

Bo Diddley, 1928 – 2008

By now, it's no news to most of you and rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley passed away yesterday at the age of 79.  There's been a lot written about his legacy, and his impact on four decades of musicians.  I had the pleasure and honor of talking about his...

/ June 3, 2008