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Finding a home in Hawkins: using music to augment Stranger Things’ reality

The Stranger Things pop culture phenomenon is blowing up—and it’s not just happening organically. The marketing for the show’s season 2 release pulled out all the stops in a cross-platform, multi-experiential strategy, one that transcends the content’s original medium and finds a home in the musically referential.

Stranger Things, a Netflix original miniseries created by the Duffer Brothers, was first released in June 2016 to critical acclaim. Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the show’s first season focuses on the disappearance of a young boy and how his childhood friends and family work to rescue him from a terrifying alternate reality, which is described by the children as “the upside down.”…

Ushering in a new era for accountability in business

As members of the Trump administration cycle out of government and into lucrative private sector jobs at breakneck speed, we, as tomorrow’s business leaders, should think about whether such a process is boon or burden. Members of the administration—along with other public servants and private sector executives—must be held accountable for their words and actions as we begin to build tomorrow’s companies and restore faith in civic institutions.

While some aides seeking to leave the administration may regret placing their reputation in the hands of an individual who has never held a position in government, they can’t plead ignorance. Before signing on, every cabinet secretary and staffer knew what a role in the Trump administration would entail.…

Robot democracy: how smart media can save America

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked…”

– Allen Ginsberg, 1955

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.”

– Jeffrey Hammerbacher, 2011

“We don’t care if you watch the show, we just want you to watch the commercials.”

– some VP on the A+E Networks trek, 2017

Nationalism isn’t a new idea. It’s back in vogue these days, but even the laziest of Google searches will tell you its roots stretch back, at the very least, to 19th century Europe. In the early 20th, President Woodrow Wilson became its most prominent American booster, advocating against 19th century imperialism and for the right of self-determination.…

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