questionable topic – uneasy matters since 2008

two sides of the coin

Posted in culture, entertainment, PR by questionabletopic on Monday, March 14, 2011

Two and a Half Men Is Better Than None

.. A lot changed in my life with that decision. And I do not regret it. The movie and television business are filled with some of the most wonderful and talented people you could ever know. It is also the rock under which you find the biggest, lyingest, thievingest scumbags on Earth. (They tend to be the ones that are not in any craft or union related to actually making a movie.) However, one of the great oddities in show business is how someone you respect can have a good experience with someone you loathe. Conan had a tough time reconciling Jeff Zucker’s decisions. Maybe I would have too. Meanwhile, Jeff has only been supportive of me during my recent years at NBC. Go figure.

Conan has moved on and his great talent is undiminished by his difficult experiences. I had wanted to say to him back then what I will now offer to Charlie. You can’t win. Really. You can’t. When executives at studios and networks move up to the highest ranks, they are given a book. The book is called How to Handle Actors. And one principle held dear in that book is that no actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit. And, in that regard, they are often right. Add to that the fact that the actor who is torturing their diseased egos is a drug addled, porn star-squiring, near Joycean Internet ranter, and they really want you to go.

Granted, it didn’t get real until you insulted them. And your suit may have real grounds.

.. Sober up, Charlie. And get back on TV, if it’s not too late. This is America. You want to really piss off Chuck and Warner Brothers and CBS? Beg for America’s forgiveness. They will give it to you.


Bad Publicity… and Charlie Sheen

While popular wisdom is that any publicity is good publicity, academic research has largely shown that negative word of mouth hurts company brand and sales. For example, negative movie reviews decrease box office receipts to the point that Hollywood pundits believe that it is “almost impossible to recover from bad buzz.” Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone estimated that negative publicity cost the move Mission Impossible 3 more than $100M in ticket sales.

Despite this, there are a surprising number of counter-examples. The Wall Street Journal reported that a wine described “as redolent of stinky socks” increased sales 5% after it was reviewed by a popular website. Similarly, reported a “300 percent increase in requests for information about Kazakhstan” after the movie Borat made relentless fun of the country.

It turns out that bad publicity might even be a reliable way to generate increased traffic – and sales – on the Web. In an article entitled ‘A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web,’ the NY Times provides a horrifying account of how one on-line eyewear site encouraged customer complaints to improve their Google page rank. The higher a site is in Google results, the more likely someone will click on it. More clicks lead to more sales. This is new, and obviously controversial, approach to search engine optimization.

.. In short, as a well-known brand, Charlie Sheen should worry but the stinky obscure wine can count on increased sales.

Crème de la Crème

Posted in anthropology, culture, entertainment, motivation, prominent persons, story by questionabletopic on Sunday, February 20, 2011

The External World

Posted in amazing, consumerism, culture, films & animation by questionabletopic on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Анимационная работа “The External World” от David OReilly – возможно, самое пугающее/смешное/удивительное/грустное/дикое/честное/абсурдное из того, что вам довелось увидеть. Особам с беременной или несовершеннолетней психикой все же рекомендую обойти вниманием данный ролик.

Пугающего/смешного/удивительного/грустного/дикого/честного/абсурдного дня вам, дорогие мои!

i chose not to choose

Posted in consumerism, industry, internet by questionabletopic on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

не все твиттеры однаково полезны..

Posted in anthropology, entertainment, industry, internet, joke, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Кто такой Stevie Wonder – я думаю, не надо объяснять. Что такое Twitter я и не объясню. Но суть такова: пресс-службы (почти) всех звезд завели им (почти) персональные аккаунты в Твиттере. Некоторые люди поняли абсурд происходящего, и вот какой резонанс это вызвало.

Allison Harvard AKA Creepy-chan

Posted in anthropology, culture, entertainment by questionabletopic on Sunday, January 17, 2010

Паранормальне ТБ

Posted in amazing, consumerism, industry, opinions, prominent persons, quotations by questionabletopic on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Денний ефір. “5 Телеканал”. Телепередача “Зверни увагу з Тетяною Рамус“.

Цитата із анонсу вмісту телепрограми:

“Телеглядачі задають різні питання – від ‘як найкраще використати сон?’ до ‘що робити з рейдерами?'”

Я так і уявляю якогось фіндиректора або corporate CEO, який відклавши вбік “Forbes” та “Finantial Times”, з нетерпінням дочікується
розгляду кейсу “подолання проблем пов’язаних з можливістю/наявністю рейдерської атаки на підприємство” у телепередачі для домогосподарок.

Криза б’є по всьому, не шкодує і мізки керівників телеефіру.

Prime reason to hate modern music

Posted in amazing, culture, music, music video, opinions by questionabletopic on Friday, January 15, 2010

Тема доклада – видеоклип Brokencyde – Freaxx.

Здесь ведь, наверное, бывают люди, которые музыку или любят или понимают.

Вопрос к тем, кто понимает – определения стиля как “emo growling hipster trash weird pop” достаточно?

Вопрос к тем, кто любит – представленный материал достаточен чтобы разлюбить музыку и жизнь?

I’m sooo confused..

Banned Words of 2010

Posted in internet, language, lifehack by questionabletopic on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Every year, Lake Superior State University publishes a list of overused words that should be banned:

Word “czars” at Lake Superior State University “unfriended” 15 words and phrases and declared them “shovel-ready” for inclusion on the university’s 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“The list this year is a ‘teachable moment’ conducted free of ‘tweets,'” said a Word Banishment spokesman who was “chillaxin'” for the holidays. “‘In these economic times’, purging our language of ‘toxic assets’ is a ‘stimulus’ effort that’s ‘too big to fail.'”

Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created “word banishment” in 1975 at a New Year’s Eve party and released the first list on New Year’s Day. Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, technology and more.

Word-watchers may check the alphabetical “complete list” on the website before making their submissions.

Here are the 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselesness:

  • Shovel-ready
  • Transparent/Transparency
  • Czar
  • Tweet
  • App
  • Sexting
  • Friend as a verb
  • Teachable moment
  • In these economic times …
  • Stimulus
  • Toxic assets
  • Too big to fail
  • Bromance
  • Chillaxin’
  • Obama-prefix or roots


Demotivational poster – Hummer vs school bus

Posted in amazing, consumerism, photo by questionabletopic on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Demotivational poster

Demotivational poster – Barak Obama

Posted in conspiracy, politics, prominent persons, Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My 2 cents (more like 1 cent, considering exchange rate) on President Elections ’08:


Якби мав право голосу – Осама, Обама – віддав би лише за Тебе!

(Americans are gonna be screwed all over again – next people’s (almost) president).

Land of unwanted presidents, home of the fake election!

Demotivational Poster – Suicide

Posted in prints by questionabletopic on Tuesday, April 29, 2008