It is kind of crazy to think that Diet Coke is only 28! The Frisky looks back on the fizzy drink's rise and role in the cola wars: "On July 4th, 1982, Coca Cola threw a gala party to herald Diet Coke's arrival. At the event, the Rockettes shimmied and high-kicked around a 14-foot of Diet Coke can, while waiters in tuxedos passed out Diet Coke on silver trays. Bold-faced names of the time, like Bob Hope, Carol Channing, and Telly Savalas, waved to video cameras at the party, and the footage became Diet Coke's first televised ad." (The reminder of Lucky Vanous' existence is also instructive, [...]
Do you hate it when your friends, co-workers and office enemies become successful? Then be careful where you work. What outfits like PostBourgie have done—it is now too late to stop the Grape Drink Mafia!—is gather together a super-smart (or sometimes just super-aggressive) group of people that will go on to success and perhaps even dominance in media. (You could say something similar about n+1, but they're all basically unemployed novelists, and there weren't that many of them anyway. What about The New Inquiry? Well, only time will tell. Check back in later 2013.)
Over the last twenty years, a handful of scenes emerged that seem [...]
Here is a long look at the state gay marriage votes last month, and how all four were won. The successful tactic in the field was personal appeal and one-on-one conversation: the majority of people are conflicted fence-sitters, who are likely struggling between concepts of fairness and the values they've grown up with. And it's safe to say it worked: "In Minnesota, 20 percent of Mitt Romney's supporters voted against the gay-marriage ban; in Maryland, 25 percent of Republicans voted to legalize gay marriage." And what now?
In the weeks since Election Day, the same-sex marriage campaigners have been conducting follow-up research, debriefing, and planning their next steps. [...]