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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are wrapping up our shortened work weeks, getting travel plans in order and finalizing dinner menus. Retailers on the other hand are ramping up for one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Black Friday has long been known as one of the busiest and most profitable days of the year and it’s been common for stores to open in the early morning hours to capitalize on the anticipated crowds.

In recent years, however, Black Friday has slowly encroached on the Thanksgiving holiday itself and this year a number of retailers, including Macy’s, Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and RadioShack, are boasting store openings as early as 6:00pm on Thursday. While shopaholics will rejoice, the unfortunate reality is that thousands of retail employees across the country will have to cut their holiday short. This has prompted widespread backlash, including a number of petitions from consumers who believe retailers have lost sight of the holiday’s meaning and are instead being driven by greed.

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Media Navel GazeThe Week Unpeeled

Mid-term elections coverage and commentary seemed to be the major focus for most of the week, with Republicans now set to take control of the House and Senate next year, fueling speculation of a renewed focus on such business issues as corporate taxes, financial regulations and the Keystone XL pipeline (NYT and everywhere else); Obama sounded surprisingly positive following the  results and markets rallied to record levels. Elise Stefanik became the youngest women elected at 30 years old to Congress, a Republican from New York.

Elsewhere:

  • The US jobs report for October showed that the national unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent and non-farm payroll increased by 214,000 positions, slightly below expectations but prior months were revised upward;
  • The Dow, meanwhile, reached new highs, closing Friday up 1.1 percent for the week at 17,573;
  • The US is sending more troops to Iraq;
  • Tinder Exec demoted to president from CEO (is that a swipe left or right?) after calling boss Barry Diller a below-the-belt term;
  • Detroit to exit from bankruptcy following the approval of its plan;
  • Shake It Off: Taylor Swift exited Spotify; no bankruptcies; and
  • A teenage Target employee (and likely Swift fan) became a Twitter star and guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after his photo was posted online and the world gushed and swooned (a marketing start-up firm claimed ownership of the idea then had to backpedal). Target issued a statement denying any involvement and now Gaze is talking about it, proving #youcanmakesomethingfromnothing and #thisisbetterthanthekardashians. End of Story
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QuoteAs someone who has been in and around the media for more than 20 years, I have a special appreciation (and affinity) for a good quote. You know the ones—maybe it’s the perfect analogy, a witty metaphor or some well-chosen words laced with emotion. These are the quotes we look to uncover in Notes on Quotes. And with that . . . a look now at five recent, noteworthy quotes:

5. "I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter."

Is there any better metaphor for a redo than an Etch-A-Sketch? As you may recall, back in 2012  the phrase gained fame thanks to a foot-in-mouth comment from Mitt Romney’s senior campaign advisor – who basically admitted that he might be flip-flopping on some of his earlier political positions.  ("I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes," the campaign manager said. "It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.")

Now the metaphor is back – and in a much more uplifting way. Jonathan Martin was the offensive guard who quit the Miami Dolphins this past season after allegedly being bullied by his teammates. He is once again in the league thanks to his former college coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh, who coaches the 49ers. "I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter," he said. Harbaugh and the NFL are both hoping this time the Etch-A-Sketch produces a much prettier picture.

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Media Navel Gaze

The Week Unpeeled

The closely watched US jobs report because more closely watched and picked apart with sluggish numbers raising speculation and coverage of whether the tapering will taper. (Most say all still on track.)  American businesses added only 74,000 jobs in December, a considerably slower pace than recent months and the overall unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent from 7.0 percent, reflecting, unfortunately, job seekers saying uncle.

Elsewhere:

  • The Dow ended little changed on Friday after the jobs report, closing at 16,437;
  • The Polar Vortex paid an unwelcome visit to much of the country, no doubt putting a chill on some economic indicators for January;
  • Bridgegate went from a local to national story as Governor Christie staged a two-hour TV apologia, fired staff members, distanced himself from advisors and all debated his fate as Republican presidential hopeful while copy editors made hay with “bridge of sighs” and “jam” jabs;
  • Target revised stolen data numbers drastically higher, saying the breach could have affected more than 100 million customers, or approximately one-third of adult Americans, making this a serious assignment for the retailer in regaining trust;
  • Alex Rodriguez was suspended from the Yankees for the 2014 year and playoffs for doping, which was followed (as pointed out “loudly” by The New York Times) with a one-sentence statement: “The New York Yankees respect Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug and Treatment Program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released today by the arbitration panel”; and
  • Ariel Sharon, the former prime minister of Israel, died following an eight-year coma. End of Story
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Noteworthy events for the month ahead . . .

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We’ll kick off November with Election Day on November 5. While it is an off-year election, there are several significant races worth paying attention to including the New York City mayoral election and New Jersey’s gubernatorial race.

Curious to know where’s next for economics, politics and business? The Economist to host its annual Global Agenda conference on November 7-8 in London where over 50 chief executives and chairmen of some of the world’s foremost companies, and leaders from politics and civil society will tackle this question.

Don’t forget to honor the men and women who have served in the armed service on November 11. The National Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Arlington National Cemetery. For more information on other events, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gorkana will host a couple of “connection” events in November. On November 12, connect with Cosmopolitan UK and US editors at the Hearst Tower in New York City. Then on November 21, connect with a panel of reporters from The Chicago Tribune in Chicago.

PRSA will continue its series of professional development courses throughout November. Highlight courses include “Best Practices for B2B Public Relations,” “Public Relations Strategic Planning,” and “The Digital PR Strategist’s Toolkit.”

This year’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. is on November 28, and an expected 280 million turkeys will be sold to celebrate this holiday. For ideas to spice up your Thanksgiving feast, check out Food Network’s recipe page dedicated to Turkey Day.

If we’re talking about Thanksgiving, we cannot avoid talking about Black Friday, which technically takes place at midnight on November 29. However, due to competitions, stores are now open on Thanksgiving Day. Some stores, including Macy’s, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, and JC Penney, have announced Black Friday will start at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $738, which is two percent less than 2012 holiday spending. Will you shorten your family time to capitalize on this annual sales? I won’t. I’m more of a Cyber Monday (December 2) kind of girl. End of Story

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