Every weekday, PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in this, #TheDailySpin.
I have no mouth and I must scream
I have no idea what I’m doing
I have no friends
I have no life
Maybe if I ever dared to venture beyond the first or second page of any search results, I wouldn’t just now be realizing the depth and profundity of Google. From odes inspired by narcissism
and even the naïve mischiefs of childhood
, the search giant’s predictive algorithm has led to an anthology of inadvertent poetic works. The new Reddit thread “Google Poems
” chronicles them. (Co.CREATE
Google even draws upon the coffee shop
as a muse for its writing. Unfortunately, New York City doesn’t share the sentiment. According to the Associated Press
, the corner café is among the biggest targets for officials in the Big Apple, as they prepare for the nation’s first clampdown on the size of sugary beverages. Advertising Age
went as far to label sugar “the next public enemy No. 1.”
Whereas Dunkin’ Donuts has gone as far as putting up “confusing pamphlets” at its NYC locations to address the new regulations, Gothamist
reports Starbucks is doing nothing at all—or at least not yet. Linda Mills, a spokeswoman for the coffee giant, explained, "A majority of our drinks fall outside of the ban, and we’re not expecting to make any immediate changes next week.”
So just where, exactly, do lawmakers expect us caffeine addicts to get our fix? Might I suggest the gum in your pocket? Wrigley announced plans to launch Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which is the equivalent to about half a cup of coffee. According to CNN
, the gum will be marketed to consumers 25 and older. Its packaging will also have a warning label on the back saying that it is "not recommended for children."
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Speaking of caffeine, Quartz
recently published the comprehensive guide to coffee at work.
compiled 10 great apps it contends every coffee drinker needs.
Although I’d certainly contest that adolescents are too young to regularly order that morning (and sometimes afternoon and evening) double espresso, The Huffington Post
’s teen sections suggests it’s just the right age to spot the signs of a writer.
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Just try not to grow up ignoring women as much as past authors did in their work. A recent study published in Popular Science
found that men show up in literature three times more often than their female counterparts. Time
adds that while Shakespeare’s work was generally the average (3 male pronouns for every one female pronoun), 19th century British preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon used nearly 20 male pronouns for each female one, the most unbalanced ratio on the list.
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Hopefully proving less chauvinistic of a list, Likeable CEO Dave Kerpen shares the 11 must-read authors for every professional
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From sexism to possible racism, USA Today
reports that a poster printed in the Caledonian Record got into some trouble, in part, because of its choice of typeface.
Supporting a local basketball team in a game against Rice Memorial High School of South Burlington, the poster read “Fry Rice” in a font associated with Chinese calligraphy. The paper defended itself in an unsigned editorial, saying:
“We sought a simple play on words in support of an extraordinary group of local student athletes. Indulging our critics for a moment, the outcry reminds us that racial and ethnic stereotypes can offend—regardless of intent."
I imagine there will be less drama to defend against for illustrator and advertising industry veteran Brian Sanders, who was hired by “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner to help turn back the clock on a new poster promoting the show’s season six premiere. The New York Times
recounts the full story.
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That nostalgia carries over to a ‘50s-era cold cream commercial unearthed by Boing Boing
. In the ad, Dorothy Gray touts the strength of its facial cleanser in warding off all that radioactive dirt clogging our pores:
Continuing to ward off critics of its recent decision to ban employees from telecommuting
, Yahoo hopes taking part in this year’s South by Southwest festival
can help salvage its reputation. “When we look at Yahoo going forward, we want to reintroduce and remind people that Yahoo is at the intersection of media, technology and music,” said chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt. “SXSW is a great example of that convergence.”
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It remains to be seen how Marc Jacobs will rebound after a Humane Society probe discovered that the designer’s “faux fur” garments sold at Century 21 department stores were actually made from the coats of Chinese raccoon dogs. Read more about the incident at New York Daily News
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