The Woodward Cowboy's Lament
Well before he was pulled over on an L.A, freeway by the driver of a
Cobra who wanted to know why he was "stalking him," Wally Wyss was
captivated by hot cars. A Woodward wrangler, he commandeered the family's no frills four-door to pursue the nightly show of enhanced,
modified cars that heralded the dawn of the performance age in Detroit.
That freeway encountered in the early '70s led to an interview and photos
of the Cobra with Carroll Shelby and Wyss' first of two books on the
iconic master of stuffing big engines in small cars. Since than the arc
of Wyss' passion has taken him to buff book staffer, freelancer, author
of a few books, blogger and, currently, a co-host of Autotalk broadcast
weekly on KUCR-FM
in Riverside Calif.
Now, he fears the era is over. First run on
Carbuildindex.com, this is
his lament for what he believes was and will not return.
The End of the Enthusiast Car As We Know It
After seeing a recent panel discussion Oct. 25th at the Art Center
Classic, a panel with three designers, I left in a blue funk. (Not a car
but a kind of mood)
It reminded me of when, a few years ago, I sold my Nikon F3 film camera,
and a few lenses for $200 to a young man who thought, if he was shooting
film like Ansel Adams, he could take pictures the equal of Ansel Adams.
He didn't realize if Ansel Adams were still alive today, he would be
shooting digital like nobody's business.
In other words, what I was seeing on stage from the three speakers, one
a former BMW designer, one a current designer for Volvo, the third in
charge of GM Advanced Design, was a gradual admission that autonomous
cars are creeping in.
Well, I am here to tell you that when they arrive…they are going to do a lot more than just creep. Think of a 100-ton
steamroller that is going to change the car market forever.
Now Chris Bangle, the former BMW designer on the panel, hinted that this
isn't all bad news for car enthusiasts. He said there will always be a
place for car enthusiasts, just as there are for horse riding
enthusiasts after the car was invented.
But this was shocking to me because horse riding enthusiasts are a tiny
group, almost invisible, so he is implying that car enthusiasts
shouldn't worry, there will be tracks where we can take our
still-need-to-be-steered cars to, and that's it. We will be treated as
mild eccentrics, to be kept out of harm's way.
THE MACHINE TRIUMPHANT
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, who is already offering a autonomous
app on the Model S, once was quoted that what we have to fear down the
road is the computer. I think that is putting it mildly. Why? Because
once that first lawsuit over who's at fault in an accident between an
autonomous car and one still steered by a human is won by the owner of
an autonomous car, it will be the beginning of the end for human steered
cars. I am talking about the suit where the autonomous car owner says
"yes, my Tesla did all the calculations and said it was OK for me to
turn left, it was the human coming toward me that failed" then it will
be acknowledged that The Machine's judgement will and should always
prevail over those pathetic humans that still think they can decide a
car's course, speed and such.
Uber is really the best example of how fast this change will take place.
Among millennials living in big cities, there is no longer a desire to
buy a car. Why? If all you need is to go over to meet a friend at a
Starbucks a couple miles away?
So they use Uber, Lyft or other competitors.
The automated self-thinking car is already creeping into new cars
feature by feature—with such checked off items as Traction control. Lane
Control. Stability Control. Automatic Braking. Steering-by-wire.
It is only a matter of time before the autonomous mode will be on the
It is actually possible now to offer this in the new cars of 2017, but
the obstacle is mainly legal. When that big accident occurs, will the
courts decide the car's computer on the self driving car was superior in
this case to the poor judgment of the driver? The next step will be to
meet the demand of autonomous car owners (just as hybrid car owners were
catered to) with special lanes on the freeway set aside for those who
checked off the autonomous box on their car's option list. And of course
cars piloted by humans will be forbidden to go into these lanes. I can
even see your still human piloted cars issuing you your own ticket for
daring to invade the newly claimed territory of the autonomous drivers.
THE DEATH OF THE CAR AS A STATUS SYMBOL
And coincident with all this will come the death, for large parts of the
market, of cars that have sold in the past as status symbols. I can just
see, in only 10-15 years, a show in which a car that's brand new today
in 2015 being put on display to ridicule how we, as consumers were
manipulated by irrelevancies. Wood dash? How quaint. Rolls Royce style
grille? What for?
A lot of the things that sell luxury cars now will be considered
laughable when 10-30% of the car market will consist of people who have
reduced the car's importance in life to a mere conveyance, as a Point A
to Point B machine. Cars could look like GE toasters on wheels to this
type of consumer. There will be no pride-in-ownership, as cars will be
interchangeable. As Bangle joked at Art Center, when you get out of an
elevator, are you proud of that conveyance. It means nothing to you. It
just got you from one floor to another.
As a car enthusiast, I can see the owners of enthusiast cars in the next
few years being crowded into their own little events, a concours here,
the rental of a racetrack there, but we—the owners of cars that are
actually still driven by humans– will be seen as irrelevant annoyances,
representing the inefficiency of doing things the human way.
As an enthusiast, raised in the old school with golden memories like
downshifting my 12-cylinder Ferrari as I enter the Malibu
tunnel so I can relish in the sound at 7,500 rpm, I'll fight the
autonomous car every step of the way, but using my camera example, I
will never go back to film. The machines are less likely to fail us,
thus must rule, must dominate. Our course, as a society, is
Chicago News, offers the Midwest's only weekly auto reviews on
TV (WCIU) and print according to Dennis Bindarau,
More importantly, he says they are growing and, as of
mid-December searching for two skilled enthusiasts to join their
staff. . . . . The Detroit News reports Ford has initiated an Uber-like service to shuttle its employees around its Dearborn,
Mich., headquarters. According to the newspaper, "The shuttle is
one of Ford's 25 mobility experiments, announced by Ford
President and CEO Mark Fields last January. The experiments
cover everything from car-sharing to parking spot-finding apps.
Last summer, the automaker moved from the "experiment" phase to
the "pilot" phase for a couple of the experiments, including the
GoDrive car-share service. . . . Erik Sass reports in
Publisher's Daily, "IAC is launching a new digital publishing
network bringing together its portfolio of properties under one
roof. The new company, called IAC Publishing, includes major
digital publishing brands like About.com, Dictionary.com,
Investopedia and The Daily Beast, which together reach over 100
million unique monthly users in the U.S. . . . Sass also
reports, "MotorsportNetwork.com, an international publication
devoted to online audio racing content, announced a strategic
partnership with AOL's Autoblog.com that will allow the two to share content across their platforms. In another bit he
notes, "Hearst and The Wall Street Journal both prepare to
launch new channels on Snapchat's Discover, a platform
created specifically to help big media companies reach
millennial viewers with short form content.
Sean Marc Lee for The New York Times
Morning rush hour in Taipei, Taiwan, where the scooter is the
vehicle of choice. The city's Department of Environmental
Protection is actively promoting the purchase of electric
scooters, offering subsidies of as much as $800 for residents
who replace gas motorcycles with electric models. . . . There won't even be time
for beverage service according to The Wall Street Journal if
Hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco
comes to fruition in a 700-mph
near-vacuum tube. . . . Crain Communications Inc. has launched a
series of personalized, digital business publications in nine
U.S. cities as part of a plan to expand the Crain brand
nationwide as it approaches its 100th anniversary. The new
publications are being added to Crain's established city
business journal brands in New York, Chicago, Detroit and
Cleveland, The Detroit News reports.
According to the Huffington Post, the shared-service company
recently offered on-demand free flu shots administered by a
nurse and, Bloomberg reports, discount tickets to the
Jacksonville Jaguars NFL home games. . . . . The Associated
Press is in a new content collaboration with VR studio and media
company RYOT. They will produce and distribute a VR series
across both their networks. Users can access the VR content
through RYOT's mobile app, Oculus Share or on Google's Cardboard
system for immersive viewing.
Like the fellow who thinks he will make a great "PR Man" because
he likes people, there are hundreds (thousand's?) of car fans
who think they'd make great auto writers and live with
reviewing a different new car every week. Unfortunately, many of
Spotlight was created to let "wannabes" know and
remind those struggling what it takes to succeed. It truly is
even more of a struggle for a woman to succeed,
she eschews "the women's angle" and puts up her knowledge,
experience and judgment against all comers in the mostly man's
world of cars.
This is how The Car Coach, Lauren Fix, does it in her own words,
a chapter she contributed to A Woman's Perspective on Leading,
an essay anthology featuring women leading the way in the
"A Woman in a Man's World – How I Became The Car Coach"
"Nothing can stop you but yourself. Today I'm a leader in the
automotive, aftermarket and broadcast industries and an inductee
into the National Women and Transportation Hall of Fame. But
when I first embarked on the journey to pursue my love of
everything automotive, I faced many hurdles. Youth,
inexperience, self-doubt and a male-dominated industry were my
some of my greatest barriers. While women are still
underrepresented (and sometimes underestimated) in the
automotive and aftermarket industries, they were much more so in
the 1980s. I got my start working in mail order sales at my
father's brake remanufacturing company and each day was a
challenge to assert my competence in the face of stereotypes.
Every day, callers to sales or tech support would ask for a man
who could help them. I always responded with, "I can help you!"
Although I was the one who designed the components or kits, I
found I had to defend my qualifications time and time again.
"Despite this and other roadblocks, I consider myself lucky to
have discovered my passion for cars at an early age. I rode my
bike to the dealership to negotiate the purchase of my very
first car before I was old enough for a license. I started
racing at the age of 16, and would head to the track by myself
for the love of the sport and the feel of the road. Other
drivers would ask, "where is your boyfriend, father or brother?"
It never phased me. I would simply head to the track, change the
tires, race all day, change the tires and then drive home.
"My father never told me that there was a glass ceiling or
hurdle in my way, or that "girls can't do that." So I set my own
standards, developed clear goals and never limited myself. We
used to say to one another, "nothing can stop you but yourself!"
Years later, I used that quote in my
motivational seminars on
leadership as well in the introduction of my third book. As a
leader, I've discovered that honesty, strong ethics, positive
communication, mentoring, and constant and consistent education
are the keys to channel my ambitions and drive me forward toward
every-broadening goals. I've always believed that we create our
own barriers, hurdles to clear and ceilings that limit our
abilities. The phrase "nothing can stop you but yourself" has
kept me going through the occasional wrong turn or bad stretch
In fact, a glance back into the rearview mirror teaches me that
that those unpaved, dirt and gravel roads were the ones most
worth driving down. They taught me invaluable lessons about
stamina and resilience that are critical to becoming a
successful leader. If you stick to the paved highways, you may
eventually get to where you're going, or you may end up simply
following in the worn track of millions before you. A big
turning point in my career came in the 90's when I had the
opportunity to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show. This opportunity
changed my career path completely. I had to react quickly to
reinvent what I did, while staying true to my carefully crafted
passions, mission, education and talents. Suddenly other
national news outlets started calling, and morning shows that we
all watch every day were inviting me to share my expertise about
cars. Overnight, I was no longer in automotive aftermarket
sales, repeatedly asserting my credentials over the telephone. I
was no longer inching bumper-to-bumper in an unending
traffic-jam of hopefuls. Suddenly I was The Car Coach.
As a successful entrepreneur, I've harnessed that flexibility
and ambition to found multiple corporations in the aftermarket,
manufacturing and consulting industries; all while
simultaneously managing extensive racing, testing and broadcast
careers and being a wife and mother of two. I've learned that
the more frequently traveled highways of "success" may appear to
provide faster access to your goals but, like any byway to fame
and fortune, you'll soon find yourself white-knuckled and
frustrated, caught up in a corporate traffic-jam. True
leadership requires a direction or vision that is always
evolving, that changes with the ever-fluctuating markets, and
that doesn't mind a foray through a few orange cones when it's
time to change lanes.
But if good leaders know how to forge ahead on their own, great
leaders know how to leave behind a roadmap for others. Over the
years I've been helped and humbled by wonderful mentors who
believed in my abilities and support my goals. Part of the key
to my success is my husband, Paul Fix. Paul has always been my
biggest supporter, best advisor and biggest fan. We are a team,
and I offer the same support in return for Paul and his efforts.
At the most important forks in the road, you never know who will
be the one to give you the push you need to follow your greatest
ambitions. Often friends and family members, bosses or mentors
are the people who provide that critical support. But
occasionally it's a good Samaritan who sees you on the side of
the road and offers just the right word of encouragement,
advice, sincere criticism or jumpstart that changes everything.
"That understanding should inspire us to share our stories as
honestly as possible and to mentor others. In my case, that
means being forthcoming about my need for consistent education
in my field and coming to mentorship as both a learner and an
educator. It also means gaining the understanding to speak to a
new generation. When my daughter Shelby was still a new driver,
we developed a program to bring teens and college students a
fun, fresh vision on cars, driving, and the personal freedom
pitfalls that accompany them. Today we still work in partnership
with schools or community service groups to give hands-on
automotive demonstrations, allowing drivers to explore their own
vehicles. I also travel across the country in person, print, and
on-air to educate America about a wide range of automotive
topics and issues. Getting back to these basics reminds me of my
own start in my father's garage. It also ensures that, despite
all the changes and challenges ahead, I stay true to the
original passions that got me where I am today and to the traits
that characterize a leader worth following."
"A Woman's Perspective on Leading" by Women in the Auto
Care Industry is raising money for scholarships..
Cost: A donation to the Women's Board Scholarship Fund
All proceeds benefit the 2016 Babcox Media Women's Board
The book was created by Dr. John A. Passante and edited by Amy
Antenora of Babcox Media. Babcox Media donated all costs
associated with publishing the book.
Contributors to the book share their inspiring and diverse
stories as well as advice for future leaders in the auto care
Contributors Include: JoAnn Bortles, Nicole Brennan, Tammy
(Chaffee) Tecklenburg, Jody DeVere, Ruth Ehlinger, Lauren Fix,
Julia Johnson, Jody Kramer, Diane Larson, Bogi Lateiner, Paula
Lombard, Amy Mattinat, Colleen McCarthy, Ashley Ridenour, Lisa
Rodriguez, Karen Salvaggio, Lorraine Schultz, Patricia Serratore,
Beth Skove, Laura Soave and Donna Wagner.
For more information contact
In the six million years since man separated from the chimps (if you
accept evolution) the human brain has tripled in volume. Our increased
awareness and processing compounded to deal with our expanding
experience. Now, in a perhaps futile attempt to keep pace with all that
impacts us, the generation born since 2000
relies on an average
attention span of 8 seconds. Which averages out to 300 "alerts", "distractions",
"insights" per minute which, absent a physiological
change, could mean a descent into the blissful distractions of cell
phones, Snapchat, Instagram and other diversions. By 2020 this cohort
will be 40 percent of our population.
At present, the Center for Media
Research reports 6 billion text messages a day are sent in the U.S. With
more than 90% open rates on Short Message Service (SMS,) and engagement
rates of up to eight times higher than email. But, not too worry, Erik
Sass writes for Media Daily News, "While many of us old (30+) people
tend to picture teenagers as being more or less enslaved by their mobile
devices and social media in particular, young people are actually
developing strategies to moderate their usage, including taking breaks
and even deleting social media apps, according to a new study by market
research firm Wildness publicized by Social Times." Sass reports 77%
said they carefully consider the possible effects of what they share
before posting content. Possibly a new idiom or ciphers suited to the
fleeting attention span will develop and may recast all forms of
Writing about The Young Turks newscasts, Max Robins
says, with a "progressive, conversational approach to public affairs
both domestic and international, it has redefined the daily news show,
as it exists -- and thrives -- still unapologetically "activist," "TYT"
has grown from a daily flagship YouTube newscast co-anchored by founder
Cenk Cygur and his longtime cohort Ana Kasparian, to a 60-person
operation churning out shows focused on everything from sports to pop
culture, occupying 18 You Tube channels. Across all platforms, on
average, "TYT" is delivering well north of 60 million views per month
pit notes |
Former racecar driver
Tony Adamowicz is in need. Food,
clothing, help in all quarters.
who wrote of Tony's
plight in the October issue of
Vintage Race Car. You can
read about it here:
Or, to simply contribute in the name of your sport and a
fellow driver in need, go to
The future is
scheduled to be unveiled at January's Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas. Faraday Futures is slated to debut there. But what?
Brett Berk writes "This, of course, means something heavily
tech-enabled, something shareable and not ownership based.
Something that is zero emissions and battery powered,
something that is autonomously capable. Something that
maintains the majority of its functional systems and
knowledge in the cloud. Millennials love this shit."
York Post says Faraday has 500 employees and is vigorously
recruiting Apple engineers, The Business Insider quotes from
Faraday's web site, "Beyond traditional electric vehicles,
we are also developing other aspects of the automotive and
technology industries, including unique ownership models,
in-vehicle content and autonomous driving." The publication
"If you parse that, Faraday Future could be building ...
anything. An electric car. An infotainment system. A
self-driving electric car. A self-driving electric car with
an infotainment system. Or ... not even a car! Maybe a
self-driving-electric-car-sharing service!" The publication
dismisses the rumor that Faraday is a front for Apple.
Drawing on Fortune and Forbes, it avers Chinese money is
behind the mystery and that it is going to build or adapt a
billion-dollar facility in Nevada to build its product. Berk
talked with the company's director of communications, Stacy
Morris, and concluded the plant, paid for by backers Morris
was unwilling to name, will be built in California, Nevada,
Louisiana or Georgia. (A PR build-up?).
cars may be the way we are headed but The Washington Post
points out in,
Electric cars and the coal that runs them,
the savings in pollution and energy costs may not be all we
hope for. It depends upon the price of coal and where the
energy to power electric generators come from. In India and
China, it is dirty energy. And, the U.S.'s ability to export
cheap coal retards the development of other sources. . . .
Vehicle Safety Supply sent along a chart of the
Hazards for Truck Drivers.
. . . TJ McCue, Forbes.com contributor, says the "World's
First 3D Printed Road Ready Car: LM3D by Local Motors
will be available in 2017. . . And last, is blogger
Victor Sasson a Tesla Motors employee? His unabashed
endorsement of the brand over all other cars on the road
makes his Shocking Car News read like a paid commercial.
awards and events
Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Doug Stokes (l) with Harold Osmer (r)
The 2015 honorees at MPG's annual Dean Batchelor Awards Dinner
in Automotive Journalism & Best Vehicle Review
||Micah Muzio and COTU Productions: "2015 Polaris Slingshot Review" -- KBB.com
||Larry P. Vellequette and Luca Ciferri: "The Coming Squeeze" -- Automotive News
Hans Greimel: "Confessions of a Price Fixer" --
||Basem Wasef: "Review: The Ferocious New Corvette
Z06 is an $80K Ferrari-Killer" -- Wired
Charlie Vogelheim and Shawn Myers: "#35: The Best and
Worst 'Cars and Coffee' Ever" -- Motor Trend Audio
||Sam Posey: "Where the Writer Meets the Road" -- David
Adam Carolla, Nate Adams,
Mike August, Matt D'Andria, and Norm Pattiz: "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul
Newman" -- Sontalia, Mollette
D'Olivo Award for Photography
||Dale Kistemaker: "24+30" --
Gary Witzenburg advises, "a piece I wrote for Collectible
Automobile magazine on the History of Electric Cars won the
Society of Automotive Historians' Carl Benz Award. Also, he won
an International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) Bronze
Award. Another Corvette magazine story, "From Zora to Indy," was
one of three finalists for a 2015 Motor Press Guild Best of the
Year Feature Article Award.
Automobile's Design of the Year went to the Ford GT. The
magazine said, it "was the most exciting, most innovative, and
most surprising meant-for-production car to make an appearance
in 2015, period." . . . . TU-Automotive has announced categories
2016 Innovation Awards. Check here for entry details
www.tu-auto.com/awards . . .
SEMA is now accepting applications
for the 2016 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students
preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries.
Contact Juliet Marshall, SEMA education manager at 909-978-6655
Automotive World and Automotive Megatrends
received three journalism awards from the Guild of Motoring
Writers. Editor Martin Kahl, picked up two prizes:
Journalist of the Year and
Prova PR Business Writer of the Year;
staff writer Xavier Boucherat collected the
Student Of the Year award. Automotive Megatrends magazine is a
free quarterly emagazine focused on the key megatrends shaping
the automotive industry of the future. It has headquarters in
D.C. The Guild of Motoring Writers says it is "the largest and
most prestigious organization of automotive editorial
professionals in the world with well over 400 members in the UK
Honda Civic is overall winner of the
second annual Kelley Blue Book Best Awards. The roster comprises
cars, trucks and SUVs that are, by KBB qualitative and
quantitative analysis, tops in their 12 respective categories.
Civic, besides overall best vehicle, is also the top vehicle in
the small car category. . . .
KBB sifted through a finalist list of 49 vehicles over a
seven-week test period starting in September. . . .
News named Michael McHale, director of Corporate Communications
for Subaru, to its 2015 All-Star Team.
Planning ahead, NEMPA has released the schedule for Press Day at the New
England International Auto Show, January 14:
10:30AM 11:00AM Toyota Technical Walkaround & Light Refreshments
11:00AM 12:00PM Ford
12:00PM 1:00PM Chrysler Lunch on show floor
1:00PM 1:45PM Jeep
1:45PM 2:30PM Buick
2:30PM 3:15PM Chevrolet
3:15PM 4:00PM Nissan Coffee/Tea/Dessert on show floor
NEMPA President Craig Fitzgerald is anticipating a question he wants to
be able to answer: "What is the reach of NEMPA
journalists?" Towards that end he has asked each member to respond
with the following information for each publication (print and online)
or program he or she contributes to:
The Greater New York Auto Dealers Association and participating local
firms awarded 10 engines to 10 area schools and
10 scholarships to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for
Automotive Education & Training in Whiteside, NY.
for accommodations and registration for the 2016 Washington Auto Show
and Public Policy Days.
Beginning January 1, the Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan
will accept applications from automobile owners for the twelfth annual event to be held Saturday, August 13, 2016, in St. Joseph, Michigan.
The Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan features automobiles from the Brass, Classic, Vintage, and Muscle Car eras, as well as an array of special-interest vehicles. Vehicles eligible for inclusion must be at least 35 years old, and be restored to stock specifications, or be in very good original condition.
All vehicle owners whose automobiles meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply. The committee is also seeking
Nash vehicles produced from 1916 to 1957 for the show's featured marque. The Nash Motor Company celebrates its centennial in 2016.
Those interested in submitting an application are invited to apply online at
ConcoursSWMI.com after January 1. Paper applications also are available. Contact
Dar Davis, entrant liaison, at
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a paper application or for more information. The application deadline is March 31.
The fourth annual event at Pinehurst Resort on April 30 will be the
first in the nation to feature a class of Future Japanese Collectable
Cars among its 12 judged classes, as announced by Pinehurst Concours
president Jay Howard. . . . One of two 1949 Buick Convertibles used in
"Rain Man" will appear restored and in all its glory at the
Island Concours on March 16. Impresario Bill Warner seems bent on making
the Florida event a winter-vacation destination, adding a 3-day tour of
unseen back roads and laid-back destinations known only to longtime
Floridians - including Fernandina Beach, Okefenokee Swamp, Ocala
National Forest, Gainesville, Mt. Dora and more. Warner and Peter Brock
will attend. Warner is also available to talk on
Cars of Cuba, as he did
recently at the Blackhawk Museum in Northern California.
Long time racer, bon vivant and enthusiast
Toly Arutunoff is introducing
his latest book, "Steering With Your Knees" on Jan 9th at
Michael Kersnick's Eclectic Garage in Burbank (Calif.).
The Auto Lunch-Bunch returned to the Waikiki Yacht Club for its December
meeting and talk of a new race track on Oahu. No definitive word but
there is lots of enthusiasm.
Automotive News flashed, "Ford and Google are in talks to have the
automaker build Google's next-generation autonomous cars under contract.
So much for the doom-sayers and California's driver occupant law. Great
for headlines but it is only logical to move slowly into the new era of
transportation. . . Jack Loechner reports in Media Post, "According to the
Project, a program of the American Press Institute and The Associated
Press, in a series of major studies on the habits of news consumers in
the United States, the vast majority of Millennials, Americans age 18 to
34, regularly use paid content for entertainment or news."
Reuters posts, "Former Skype co-founders have launched a new company,
Starship Technologies, which is preparing to test their self-driving
delivery robots in London. The as yet unnamed robots are small, safe,
practical and free from CO2 emissions, according to the developers." . .
. The Washington Post is shelving its "What was Fake" column, which was
intended to debunk untruths and hoax stories being spread online. The
problem is that said debunking "did little to slow down the spread of "fake news," according to
Publisher's Daily The Post commented on the
decision, where a willingness to believe hoaxes once seemed to come from
a place of honest ignorance or misunderstanding, that's frequently no
longer the case. Headlines like "Casey Anthony found dismembered in
truck" go viral via old-fashioned schadenfreude — even hate.
Rebecca Riffkin reports in Gallop Poll Social Series, "Americans' Trust
in Media Remains at Historical Low." The statistics:
Four in 10 Americans trust the mass media ties 2014 and 2012 for the lowest trust level in Gallup's trend;
Younger Americans less likely than older to trust the media. . . . . It
looks like there may be more than 6 billion connected things in use
around the world as soon as next year, with most of them being used by
consumers, according to Chuck Martin, editor of IOT Daily. He predicts
the number will be 14 billion by 2020. . . . Speaking of 2020, Dan Frommer writes for
Quartz that Japan is planning to use the 2020 Tokyo
Olympics as an opportunity to show the world it's still a tech leader.
One of those efforts—if the technology and regulatory clearances shape
out—could be an autonomous, self-driving taxi service, currently in
The always busy Forbes.com auto writer
Josh Max recently inked a 2-year agent agreement with Steve Ross of
Abrams Artists Agency in Manhattan for his first book, a memoir titled
"Help Wanted - What I Did For Money For The First 40 Years."
The signing was prompted when Ross spotted Max's
"A Special Education" in the NY Times.
Max's latest Times story,
"Zen and the Art Of Art Modeling" appeared on the front page of the online version of the paper - for
two hours, anyway, he writes. . . . . Cam Benty popped up to
confirm he writes for Power and Performance News, Green Car Journal
and appears on Drivers Talk Radio. His email address is:
email@example.com . .
. Kevin Duke has changed his
email from earthlink to:
Please let us know if you change jobs, email
or other contact information you would like other professionals to have.
Glenn F. Campbell
World Motorsports Symposium |
NACTOY Finalists at the DAC, Detroit, MI
Dean Batchelor Awards, STBD
Holiday Social at Dana House, Wheaton, IL
Buick-GMC Sales, New York, NY
Automotive Journalist Media Event – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Location in Detroit TBD
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"No I don't have my car. My car was built October 26. There are
hundreds of early builds that haven't been delivered. However,
cars that were built two weeks ago have begun taking delivery.
Makes no sense. GM isn't giving us any info. Many people are
This is the third exchange with Stratton on this topic and his
appeals to GM. It raises the question of a glitch in the "new
GM" or a reversion to the "old GM's" sanctuary of faceless
Obsessive, fruitless hours spent searching this computer for a
letter and photo from a reader illustrating that the Sombi-mobile
clustering of car designs noted in our last issue is nothing new,
prompts this apology to that reader and the request that it be
talk to us
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quotes to note
"We think consumerism is moving toward fewer goods with greater
quality, versatility and durability."
Sheryl Connelly, Ford's global head of consumer trends, Media
"Even though there is serious trouble virtually all over the
African continent, you likely won't hear much about it if a
celebrity goes into (or comes out of) rehab, gets hurt in an
accident or calls it quits with their current significant other.
Or if one of the royal babies catches a cold.
Although it is impossible to cover all of the news in just 22
minutes, that does not stop the nets from using an invaluable
three or four minutes to tell the "feel-good" story at the
broadcast's end. If you have done something remarkable for kids
with diseases, vets, the handicapped or the homeless, your story
will send the audience off with a "warm feeling" that perhaps
the world is not such a bad place after all.
Increasingly, yes it is. But you won't know why just by watching
The Cliff Notes of Journalism, George Simpson, Media Post's TV
"In somewhat of an interesting twist in The Internet of Things,
there are now starting to be devices that watch devices."
The Intersection of Smart Objects, Consumers and Messaging,
Chuck Martin, editor, IOT Daily
VW played three-card Monte with 11 million customers, a number
of major governments and one very prominent atmosphere. And it's
sticking with Das Auto?
Hey! Let's have some wordplay fun! Instead, I propose: "Das tardly.
Bob Garfield at large for Media Post What's German For
"As the Web continues to shrink an expanding world, and kids
note how much is at stake (and how much adults muck things up),
Vice, for all its impropriety, has become -- for both millennials
and news suits -- that most necessary of resources: the young
Vice And The New News Order
By J. Max Robins, TV Everywhere
"To far too many publishers and advertisers, we are not people.
We are less than human. We are not customers. We are a Cost of
Goods Sold that happens to be free, mere inputs to be packaged
A Seven-Year-Old Could Predict The Consequences Of Ad Blockers -
Kaila Colbin, OnLine Spin
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