If you listened to the second season of American Public Media’s In the Dark and are a thinking person with a functioning soul, you were undoubtedly appalled at the treatment of Curtis Flowers by the Mississippi legal system. It turns out, the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, announcing today that it is reversing Flowers’s murder conviction and throwing out his death sentence. Again. Flowers, who is black, has been tried six times on murder charges, and each time prosecutors have worked to keep African Americans off the jury. (Twice, the jury was unable to reach a verdict.) In Flowers’s sixth trial, the one that the Supreme Court has now overturned, the jury was made up of 11 whites and one African American. District Attorney Doug Evans struck five black prospective jurors. The justices held 7-2 that the removal of black prospective jurors violated Flowers’s rights. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the court’s majority opinion, while Justices Clarence Thomas and … [Read more...] about How a podcast helped get Curtis Flowers’s conviction overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court
Anyone working in or observing the marketing world (and reading Co.Create) can predict a few of the bigger themes and issues that will be of increased relevance in the coming year. The continued growth of mobile, the explosion of data, the evolution of content marketing–all factors that will shape the marketing landscape in 2013 and beyond. advertisement advertisement But how will these issues actually play out in the industry and what impact will they have on brand creativity? And what are the other big trends that will define marketing this year? We asked several advertising players from different disciplines and creative companies to weigh in on what they thought would have the biggest impact on their job in the coming year. Part one, below, we include responses from ad “creatives” and marketers. In part two, we’ll reveal insights from strategists–the people looking at the broader cultural and media trends and consumer behaviors that shape the … [Read more...] about Creative Forecast: How Marketing Will Change In 2013
Let’s be real: In a big-picture sense, 2014 wasn’t the best year of all time. It was a good year for pop culture–Boyhood, True Detective, an Oscar for Lupita Nyong’o, smart kids’ movies, an Emmy nomination for Laverne Cox, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Serial, etc–and a bad year for, well, a bunch of other stuff. The phrase “conscious uncoupling” was forced into our awareness; stories of police violence reached a critical mass; female celebrities had their phones hacked and their private photos distributed by jackasses all over the Internet; #Gamergate happened, as did #BringBackOurGirls; The Interview got yanked from theaters after terrorists threatened to blow them up; etc, etc, etc. advertisement In other words, if Billy Joel were to rewrite “We Didn’t Start The Fire” so that it focused exclusively on the events of the past 12 months, there’d be a lot for him to sing about. The Piano Man … [Read more...] about See 2014’s Good, Bad, And Ugly Cultural Moments In Giant Illustrated Poster Form
Sexism, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace are issues that have been around as long as women have been in the workplace. The #MeToo movement exposed just how pervasive and commonplace it continues to be, and highlighted the systemic issues that leave those who experience it with little redress. advertisement advertisement As more people continue to share their stories of harassment in the workplace, companies who have ignored the issue are seeing the repercussions. Last year, a public scandal involving one of its top leaders led 20,000 Google employees to walk out in protest over the way that the search giant dealt with sexual harassment and misconduct. When Nike leaders discovered the extent to which harassment was rampant in its workplace, six of its top executives left, as Liz Segran previously reported for Fast Company. Workplaces can no longer sweep the problem under the rug, at least to the extent that they might have been able to in the past. … [Read more...] about These apps try to make reporting sexual harassment less of a nightmare. Do they work?
Nearly a decade after Warby Parker disrupted the sleepy world of prescription eyewear, it’s expanding into a new category: contact lenses. Today, Warby Parker is launching Scout, a brand of daily contacts. You can now stop by a Warby Parker store to get an optical exam, a new pair of glasses, and a three-month supply of lenses in one fell swoop. advertisement advertisement The move makes a lot of sense for Warby Parker, which launched in 2010 with $95 frames (including prescription lenses) and an innovative free Home Try-On program to make it easy for customers to select the right frames. The company expanded into sunglasses and children’s eyeglasses, and then began rolling out comprehensive eye exam services at its brick and mortar stores. Earlier this year, Warby Parker debuted an iOS app called Virtual Try-On that allows customers to see how different frame styles look on their faces, using Apple’s AR technology. Scout is the first new brand that Warby … [Read more...] about Warby Parker is launching a new brand, Scout, to sell contact lenses