ethics Tag



LIDA "Own The Controversy"
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Influencer Marketing Instructor; photo from the LIDA agency ad campaign for the Jeff Koons rabbit sculpture… The following is the text of a speech I gave May 23 at an Influencers Industry Social Mixer sponsored by Erka Media. Once upon a time there lived two kings whose wealth was counted in the billions…Read More
industrial diamond
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Practicing Skeptic; photo of uncut industrial diamond ready for hyping by Shieldforyoureyes Dave Fischer… I once met this millionaire who made his fortune selling diamond jewelry through supermarket tabloids. What kind of jewelry sells through the cheesiest rags on the planet — newspapers you wouldn’t dare use to line a birdcage lest you kill the bird? These were genuine diamonds — genuine industrial diamonds, that is, worthless in the general jewelry market. Yet the tabloid readers saw the word “diamond” andRead More
The Hump Restaurant closing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + No Fan of Captain Ahab… How does one of the hottest restaurants in town go completely out of business in just weeks? That’s what happened to The Hump, a trendy sushi joint in Santa Monica, California, that shut down after getting busted for selling (get this) whale meat. That’s right: someone there actually said, “Mmm, beautiful, intelligent, and endangered species — let’s serve it for dinner.”Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Occasional Chiseler Warning: The following blog post contains full frontal liberal snarking and might not be appropriate for all audiences. If you’re a Republican with a thin skin, please escape now to somewhere you might feel more at home. The way I see it, ridiculing Sarah Palin is not only fun, it’s our patriotic duty. Many of us laugh at her now, viewing Palin as a living Saturday Night Live sketch. But the scary part is that many others takeRead More
crabcake
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Crabcake Junkie; photo by Stu Spivack via Wikimedia Commons… In my ongoing quest to find anything of value on Twitter, I started following Umair Haque, a strategy advisor who writes for Harvard Business Publishing. Haque recently blasted someone else’s article: “i strongly rec everyone read http://bit.ly/GdroN and reflect on why its 1) bad business 2) ethically questionable + 3) lame.” That micro-rant sounded like something I’d write, so I checked the offending article out…Read More
pyramid scheme
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Kool-Aid Abstainer; featured photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash… Multilevel marketing (MLM) is the business equivalent of cigarette smoking. It’s technically legal, rakes in major dinero for its corporate overlords, and has addicted millions of people worldwide, even though it’s ultimately bad for you. MLM also irritates the hell out of non-users as it stinks up any environment, such as online business discussions. The big difference between MLM and cigarettes: MLM doesn’t come with a warning label. So as an AtomicRead More