Media Category



We like to watch… and listen… and read.. and play… and sometimes all the above at the same time. Here’s where we share our take on movies, music, and other media by those who not only enjoy it, but also create it.

Literary Fog

Posted On March 9, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Gag Reflection: Remembering Why I Didn’t Major In Lit

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + College Grad Still Trying to Figure Out What He Should Have Majored In… As much as I love reading and writing, I was just reminded how much I fear and loathe the study of it. Back in high school, I enjoyed discussing the symbolism in “The Heart of Darkness” and “Grapes of Wrath,” and hearing all the different ways we teenagers used the word “irony” without really understanding what it meant. Then I entered college and slammed into the GREAT FOGRead More
I can't bear to look...

Posted On February 25, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

I Can’t Bear To Look: Why Johnny Can’t Write

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango, Professional Writer, and Teacher… This is the first sentence in a recent academic journal article on “improving writing”:Read More
2017 Marketing and Media Predictions

Posted On December 22, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Look Out Ahead! 2017 Predictions for Marketing, Media, and Mischief

by Freddy J. Nager, Found of Atomic Tango + Amateur Prognosticator… Based on my observations of trends in demographics, business, technology, and politics, I’ve concocted and contrived these predictions for the new year and beyond. Maybe way way WAY beyond. But if 2017 is anywhere near as capricious as 2016, these could all happen. Or the zombie apocalypse will finally arrive. In any case, here are my forecasts in no particular disorder… SIRI-OUSLY NOW: Touch screens are so two years ago. Instead, animated chatbots will take over brick-and-mortar retail toRead More
Beware of "Baited Breath"

Posted On November 3, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Writing Wrongs: The Classic Bait And Bate Switch

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Copy Editor Who Can’t Resist… It’s a common mistake: writing “baited breath” instead of “bated breath.” I just didn’t expect it in the official publication of the American Marketing Association (October 2016 issue). But there it glared at me from an article about another mistake, Apple’s born-to-be-lost cordless AirPods. Of course, we all know that “bated” means anxious or excited, while “baited” refers to a loaded trap. Whenever I see “baited breath,” I visualize someone with a worm on a hookRead More
Pokemon Go

Posted On July 13, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

What’s Making Pokemon Go: A Quick Marketing Analysis

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Realistic Idealist… Much has already been said about Nintendo’s Pokemon Go, the augmented reality (AR) game that’s turned millions of Americans into manic scavenger hunters. Perhaps too much. The phenomenon has already triggered a backlash after just a few days from people tired of hearing about it. If there were a web-browser app that blocked all stories mentioning “Pokemon,” it would likely be as popular as the game itself. But all this hype only underscores the game’s level of success —Read More
TV Musicals

Posted On April 19, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Deja View: You Know A TV Show Has Run Out Of Ideas When…

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Hardcore Bingeing Junkie… You can sense it: you’re binge watching some show, and along comes a story line that makes you say, “I’ve seen this before…” Because you have… in a half-dozen other series… in the past year. They’re plot twists relied on by TV writers since televisions actually had dials. They usually appear in seasons 2 or 3, but in shows without strong concepts (i.e., family sitcoms), they can appear midway through season 1. Let’s rattle off a few ofRead More
Gene Fowler Quote

Posted On March 6, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Ask Freddy: What Books Can Help Me Write?

Q: Dear Freddy: Can you recommend any books that would help me with writing techniques for marketing? Or does your writing come mostly through a lot of practice? — KC at USCRead More
Race Movie 2016

Posted On February 10, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

False Start: The “Race” Movie Trailer Misses A Step

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Stickler for Details… The movie “Race,” about American hero Jesse Owens, looks terrific. The sound? Well, that could use a little more work.Read More
Dr. Sonjia Kenya

Posted On January 15, 2016By Dr. Sonjia KenyaIn Media

Wine-Lathered Conversations: How To Podcast Without Flinching

by Dr. Sonjia Kenya, Research Professor + Author/Podcaster of “Sex In South Beach”; intro by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango… Freddy’s Intro: People ask me why I don’t podcast. It’s simple: my brain refuses to cooperate. It’s bizarre. Over the past 6 years, I’ve lectured live before hundreds of people, both friends and strangers, students and executives, and I’ve never had a problem. In fact, I dig on public speaking. Then I tried recording one of my class lectures in the privacy of my office – just me,Read More
The Blue Agave

Posted On December 1, 2015By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

The Blue Agave: The Ultimate L.A. Soundtrack

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former MCA Records Operative… If Hollywood ever sets a James Bond movie in L.A., The Blue Agave should do the all music. Indeed, their cover of “Besame Mucho” would make a killer 007 opening credit sequence. (Take a listen at the bottom of this post.) The Blue Agave’s eponymous debut album takes you on a sonic cruise across Los Angeles: primarily Spanish-language vocals amidst layers of surf guitar, retro lounge, mariachi, and killer rhythms. As The Blue Agave describe themselves, “sexy, soulfulRead More