Crew member Rob Fields is Back! Rob is currently marketing director for CMO Initiatives at the Association of National Advertisers, and is a contributor to Forbes and PSFK. More on him at or @robfields on Twitter

Brand Eff Up

“Starbucks Apologizes for ‘Diabetes Here I Come’ Joke on Customer’s Cup,” by Sarah Begley, TIME (

What's Up?

Al-Jazeera America shuts down this week

“Al-Jazeera America, which failed in its attempt to establish another TV news network, signs off after a three-hour live farewell Tuesday,” by DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer (

What's Good?

“Move Over, Rat Pack and Brat Pack: Here Comes the Snap Pack,” by By KATHERINE ROSMAN, NY Times (

“Luka Sabbat, the 18-Year-Old Fashion Influencer” by GUY TREBAY, NY Times (

a discussion on the reality of fame, branding and what does it mean to sell out?

Diggin' In the Crates: Rob: “Olio” by Tyehimba Jess (

Phil: "Hail the Maintainers," by Lee Vinsel & Andrew Russell Aeon. (

Michael: "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable," by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Also: "Antifragile," ibid. (

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