Archive for March, 2011

Do Restaurateurs Hate Groupon and Yelp?

By Jim McCarthy 2 comments

On the heels of my comments the other day, I came across some more information.  This graphic sums up (rather awkwardly) the results of a survey done by a restaurant supplies company of restaurateurs and their views of sites like Groupon, Yelp and others: The gist of it is that when given a choice among […]

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    Another Violent Tornado of Truth…

    By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

    Apparently, the furious rate of sales to Charlie Sheen’s “tour” is primarily attributable, at least in NYC, to broker speculation.  The quote from the NY Post piece from a broker who’d gone long on Charlie Sheen tickets and is now going to lose a bundle was pretty funny and should be enshrined on a bronze […]

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      What Do I Think of Groupon?

      By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

      I got a question from Erin at the Forth Worth Opera, who asked me to opine on the subject of Groupon and “similar coupon/offer sites.” She asks if “they’re a good deal for the patron…and the business.” The first thing I think about Groupon, Living Social and a couple others, I think they’re absolutely astounding […]

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        How Do You Capitalize on “Winning”?

        By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

        By doing a series of live shows.  Which immediately sell out. For whatever bizarre confluence of reasons, Charlie Sheen has stumbled upon the biggest windfall of his career, and whether the interest in him is genuine admiration and fandom or at least partly a joke at his expense is irrelevant to my point, which is […]

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          Cause and Correlation and You’ve Still Got to Do Something People Want

          By Jim McCarthy 2 comments

          I was very interested to read through the short piece posted by Gary Steuer, who is the Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia about the city’s (modest) rebound in population.  Here’s a key snippet: “The new Census numbers for Philadelphia are in, and the city managed to actually record a population increase, the […]

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            The ABA: Failing to Greatness

            By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

            Who remembers the American Basketball Association? I do, hazily.  It folded when the highlight of my week was still Count Chocula in front of Saturday cartoons, but I have vague memories, or maybe just memories of evidence of the existence of the ABA:  a cover of an old Sports Illustrated or a red, white and […]

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              The Thing About Cuts to Government Arts Programs Is…

              By Jim McCarthy 1 comment

              They’re irrelevant. They’re irrelevant to the federal budget, so anyone who claims to be a fiscal conservative but wastes a second talking about these cuts is proving that they’re either not serious or can’t do math. Seriously, this money doesn’t even qualify as a rounding error on the Federal budget. Philosophically, I could get behind […]

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                If We’re Not Getting Better, We’re Getting Ignored

                By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

                If you follow Broadway at all, you probably heard that Julie Taymor was fired from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark yesterday.  Last week at TED 2011, she was talking about a time when she was crawling on a narrow precipice between two volcanoes and realized that the only way she’d make it out of there […]

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