Author Archives: Bob Lefsetz

Lefsetz: The Comey Conundrum

My inbox went quiet… Are we in a constitutional crisis? Is it the end of the world as we know it?  Or is it business as usual? I DON’T KNOW! The internet is de rigueur. Everybody’s got a smartphone. Technologically … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Almightiness of Facebook

When was the last time you changed your word processor? Anybody remember arguing over WordPerfect and WordStar? Maybe you were a fan of the Mac-only WriteNow. But now you just use Word, Apple’s Pages or some notes app. Maybe something … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: 10th Anniversary iPhone 8

Tech is about utility, not fashion… And there’s no breakthrough coming, other than a curved screen. You needed a new phone when they went from 3G to LTE. You needed a new phone when they increased the screen size. You … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Conundrum That Is Twitter

Twitter Results are being misjudged… Tomorrow the short-messaging social network will reveal its numbers and the analysts will gasp, the pundits will swoon, and everybody will say that Twitter needs to be fixed. But that’s not the truth at all. … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Queen of Cable

She’s the left wing explainer in chief… I’ve become addicted to the news. Not just the papers which arrive every day, whose apps I’m constantly checking on my phone, but TV, which I mostly catch via satellite on Sirius XM. That’s right, … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Chalk One Up for Mankind; Bill O’Reilly Takes a Bullet

No one is bigger than the system… You may think you rise above – that you’re better than the rest of us, know more, are entitled to more – but that’s not true. Furthermore, the nature of human beings is … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: It’s the End of the World as We Know it

Am I the only one freaked out about this? I lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was only 9 years-old, but I was plenty scared. I remember visiting my grandparents in Peabody, Mass., lying on the sloping porch of their … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The ‘Man Bun’ Conundrum

When did this become a thing? I first started noticing it on hipsters. Yoga-pants wearing males sporting sandals who seemed to be saying, “I’m expending so much energy that I just cannot have my hair on my neckline preventing my … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Definitive Chuck Berry Obit

He was the father of rock and roll… Oh, don’t talk to me about Bill Haley. Boomers were barely conscious at the time “Rock Around The Clock” was a hit, if they were alive at all. And Little Richard and … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Time to Put An End to Hate?

Should we blame the Internet or income inequality – the inability to rise above and get ahead? Every damn day people tell me I’m an asshole online. And let me tell you, if I say something negative about you or your … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Academy Awards / Oscars are for Oldsters

Who cares? How did America’s go-to awards show – the creme de la creme – lose touch with its audience? Let’s start with the movies themselves. Not only is the human touch that built Hollywood purveyed now on television, but … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: End of Days for Apple?

Why don’t they just buy all the record labels? Or Paramount and the rest of the movie studios while they’re at it! That’s the canard we were exposed to again and again and again – that Apple and Spotify, all … Continue reading

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Lefstez: The Reason We have No Protest Music Today

1. Mariah Carey Bob Dylan looked up to Woody Guthrie, today’s nitwits admire Mariah Carey. That’s right, she hit almost three decades ago and dominated the ’90s. And what was her message? Empty hedonism sung by a woman with great pipes. … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Long in the Tooth Super Bowl – Not Gaga – Rocks!

You’re sitting on the couch thinking how much you hate the New England Patriots… How the whole event seems long in the tooth. That the commercials aren’t funny anymore and Lady Gaga is boring. And you’re just letting it play … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Sprint’s Jay Z – Tidal Deal a Joke

Why does everybody have to be a businessman? I get that artists have been ripped off from time immemorial, but the acquisition and promotion of Tidal has proven that when it comes to understanding technology, artists are clueless. However they are greedy. … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Eve of Destruction

I couldn’t watch… People have been sending me notes all day, about Trump’s speech, about the few people in attendance. I lived through the election of Nixon. The ’60s had brought so much positive change, we thought it was impossible to … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: The Democratic Party Has No Clue

This is a classic case of disruption… And until the Democrats recognize this and change their strategy, they’re doomed. Talking about the popular vote is no different than record labels saying customers preferred CDs in the era of Napster. Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Ringling Brothers Death Sign of the Times

I went at the old Madison Square Garden twice, maybe three times… The last time I finally put my foot down and told my mother I didn’t actually like ballet and wasn’t going to go anymore. Then my father took … Continue reading

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Lefstez: Debbie Reynolds & The Game of Life

The thing about life is it can always get worse… We like to believe God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but do we even believe in God? We believe there’s a master plan, that it all makes … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: This Year’s Lessons

Stuff happens to interrupt your plans… The more you look into the future, the more you’ll be interrupted by the present. Screw being here now, screw mindfulness, just know that life is about unexpected interruptions and the older you get … Continue reading

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