President Donald Trump isn’t an unwitting, brainwashed assassin in the same way that Sargent Raymond Shaw was in The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worse. Donald Trump is real. And he’s being manipulated and guided by people who may have taken the time to read Richard Condon’s book or at least watched either John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film or Jonathan Demme’s 2004 re-make. During his first 11 months … Continue reading Donald Trump: Four More Years?
I’m not exactly sure why, but some people still consider someone who is an introvert as having some sort of ailment. I know this because I’m an introvert and just had that conversation two weeks ago . . . for the umpteenth time. Having just met this person, who is a friend of a friend, we found ourselves sharing a cab on our way to … Continue reading Being an introvert is not an illness
It’s no secret that journalism has taken it on the chin for the past 10-15 years. With media consolidation and downsizing it’s not a big secret that most journalism has become either polarizing or inane and finding anything objective can be challenging, at best (an insanely reductive sentence, I am aware). That’s not to say that objective journalism doesn’t exist, it does (Media Matters, PBS, … Continue reading Investigative Journalism . . . not dead yet.
Dear neighbors who walk their dog unleashed, Hi! I’m the guy with the tan pit bull mix named Rufus. I want to take a moment and ask you to walk your dog with a leash. No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a slew of verbal commands. Your dog is a service animal … Continue reading An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash
Well, here we are again. In the past 45 days we’ve had the Las Vegas Massacre, the worst American terrorist attack since 9/11 and the recent horrific mass shooting in Texas. That’s an awful lot of sadness. And yet…and yet, the only thing President Trump (said together, these are two words that still make me puke a little in my mouth) has done is order Homeland … Continue reading Shoot Shoot Bang Bang!
What’s the difference between white nationalism and white supremacy? Aside from wardrobe. Granted white nationalism is a much more marketable and relatable term because hell, by the words alone, I am a white nationalist. Now, I may not believe the United States is the best country on the planet but it is the place I am proud to call home; and I’m an active participant … Continue reading White Nationalism and White Supremacy
First of all, it should be noted that the recent revelations about Donald Trump are reprehensible…and I’m still not convinced that is a strong enough word. He behavior is, and has been throughout this 200 month election cycle, indefensible. His various tirades during the course of his candidacy are a stain on the little that remains of our democracy (which is probably better defined as … Continue reading Is Donald Trump Our Most Honest Candidate Ever?
The television industry is predicated on deceit; whether it be scripted, unscripted (aka reality) or news, it’s always been that way. But before we jump into the fray, let’s address the elephant in the room. There is no such thing as reality television: there are scripted shows and non-scripted shows. Make no mistake, the non-scripted shows are not reality, so I beg you, can we stop referring … Continue reading The TV Problem
I can’t believe I am the only one who recognizes the irony in the first gold medal being awarded to an American comes in a firearm competition. Can you imagine how pissed the NRA would have been had we not gotten a medal at all? (shuddering) Oddly also coinciding with the release of the would be assassin of Republican deity Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley (where … Continue reading The Irony
“The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” 4 U.S. Code § 8 The good ol’ red, white, and blue; angry white men vote in their red or blue states and there you have it, the red, white and blue. And unless we’re careful these angry crackers … Continue reading The Good Ol’ Red, White and Blue
So they wrapped up the first night of the democratic convention last night and if you to believe the media you’d think it was the most contentious event since deflategate or the BET awards. I think it’s important to put a little perspective on it. Now when the media is claiming the republican convention wasn’t as contentious I have to call bullshit. Having that many white … Continue reading Media – Hall of Mirrors
“Some see things the way the are and ask why. I dream things that never were and say why not?“ – Bobby Kennedy The fact is Bobby Kennedy said a lot of really powerful things at a time when they needed to be said. On the plus side, they still resonate. On the negative side, they still need to be said. I’ve been noticing that … Continue reading Even More Bobby Kennedy
Christ, here we are again. Same bullshit. Same races. Same stupidity. Same God damn lunacy. I promised you more Bobby Kennedy. I didn’t think I would have to find this kind of speech, but… No preamble this time other than to say I made only minor edits (I’m unable to find a digital version of the text) and the speech is spot on and that … Continue reading More Bobby Kennedy
We are a service economy. Or if you are feeling all high falutin’ you can call it the tertiary sector of the economy. Agriculture and mining still rank as the first and second economic sectors. If one is curious how we ended up here, you need only look to two presidents, Reagan and Clinton. They both share an equal amount of blame. Reagan for his … Continue reading Service Economy, Yes. Tip Jar, No.
During my lifetime, I’ve witnessed America develop into a nation with a political and cultural fissure so large it seems nothing short of a revolution can correct it. To wit: There are Coke people. There are Pepsi people. We have Yankee fans. We have Red Sox fans. Almond Joy has nuts. Mounds don’t. We have Marriott people. We have Hilton people. There are Costco people. There … Continue reading …Divided We Fall
The more I read and hear about Bernie Sanders, the more I am beginning to realize I have heard some of this before (not in a bad or critical way.) I am of the school of thought that can see more and more of Bobby Kennedy in Bernie Sanders, which is a good thing. I can’t believe I am the only one seeing this correlation. I … Continue reading Bobby and Bernie: Kindred Spirits
If you think about fog thematically, there are two kinds to consider. There is the thematic fog akin to taking a hit of some really potent weed which makes you feel somewhat “murky” but still pleasant and clear-headed enough to remain very functional and social. Then there is the other kind where you wake up in bed, next to someone you don’t recognize with your … Continue reading The Fog of the Culture War
OUCH! FUCK! Like a sore tooth you can’t help but touch, I, like most media watchers, just can’t seem to stay away from talking about this Donald J. Trump mess (anyone else notice that the J. just sort of appeared, I don’t deny it’s legitimacy, but still…and btw Trump looks an awful lot like cartoon character Phineas J. Whoppee). If you haven’t seen it already, … Continue reading Trump is like a sore tooth.
Well, last night saw another gathering of the loony tunes characters that has come to be known as a Republican “debate”. In actuality, it’s really just a forum of meglomaniacs who blather on about their xenophobia, misguided economic views and outright fascism under the guise of political discourse (notice I left out the part about their absolutely horrible debating skills…it’s really more like shit slinging). … Continue reading (sigh) More Jackassery
Dear Jann S. Wenner, et al, What. The. Fuck. I was an avid Rolling Stone reader for close to 20 years. I even collected the magazines. You try lugging around 15 years of wrapped magazines…this was a source of much consternation with an ex (who eventually took the liberty of throwing them out in my absence). So, I’m not a casual reader who just feels … Continue reading Open Letter to Rolling Stone Magazine
Or put another way, Donald Trump is to politics what Kanye West is to music (shitty). They’re both only good because they keep telling us they’re good. I assure you, NEITHER are good, let alone great. To think that anything Trump says is either substantial or has political merit is to be completely ignorant to politics as either a profession or something of profound importance … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Political Equivalent of a Monkey Flinging Poo
The truth to being a New Yorker is that it is a lot like being in an abusive relationship. I should know, my relationship with NYC lasted 13.5 years and I still love that damn place. I always will. Now, don’t get all knotted up. I mean no disrespect to anyone involved in any sort of domestic relationship where a person is being abused. That … Continue reading What No One Will Admit About NYC
Greetings from the city of lost angels…and souls. So I watched the last hour of the Republican debate the other night. Trying to find it on the hotel television was as complicated as trying to understand the success of the Kardashian family. I eventually ended up streaming it on the Fox News website. Incidently, big ups to Fox News for making it easy to stream … Continue reading Are Republicans Flagrantly Sexist?
No no, I don’t mean the United States of America. I mean the United States of Advertising (Bill Hicks). As a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party I wanted to watch the first debate last night on CNN. Now, I should point out, I don’t have television. I HAVE a television fer chrissakes, I am just one of those “cord cutters” you read about. So … Continue reading USA! USA! USA!
It’s no secret that we got way too much email these days. And if you work in an office environment, odds are it’s worse. You’re probably on way too many distribution lists (or DL’s to us in the trade) and they jam up your in box, unless your IT team has given you unlimited inbox storage, which seems unlikely. Your IT team wields its power … Continue reading Reply All Idiotry
Donald Trump is leading the Republican polls (ahead of a GOP dynasty). Hillary is being pilloried about e-mails (seriously, how does anyone NOT know the only way to erase a hard drive is to burn it?) and Bernie Sanders, a Socialist from Vermont is gaining ground (I got nothing); you’d think this presidential election cycle couldn’t get more bizarre. You’d be wrong. Enter Deez Nuts. The … Continue reading Oh! Say, can you see?
Outside of certain environments neoliberalism is a word you don’t hear very often, but I suspect that is going to change in the very near future. With that in mind, I thought I would take a moment to shed a little light on what the word means. Oh, I know right out of the gate you are probably thinking “Christ, here comes Keith and more of his … Continue reading On Neoliberalism
The animus that exists between traditional media and new media (linear media and digital media) befuddles me. I understand it as much as I do the longstanding battle between the Hatfield and McCoy’s…let’s hope this media battle isn’t as long. But why the hate? Is it ego? Hubris? Lunacy? All three? I find it hard to believe that with all the fancy educations so many … Continue reading Modern Day Hatfields and McCoys? Media.
Comcast still doesn’t give a f*ck. They’re still the largest Telecommunications lobbying force in D.C. to the tune of almost $17 million dollars in 2014 lobbying for Telecommunications…by way of comparison, they spent $100,000 lobbying for television. Guess which category the Internet falls under? Control the media, control the message. This is happening now and you should pay attention because, if passed, this will have grave … Continue reading (sigh) They’re at it again.
I am noticing a trend among people today. And not a good one. Of course I am alarmed by so many things taking place across the globe and, in the ultimate scheme of things, this concern barely registers…but it is annoying as f*ck. People can’t seem to answer a God damn question. For example, these two exchanges have taken place just this week. I like … Continue reading Please Just Answer My Question
This past weekend I watched the 2005 film Everything is Illuminated, written and directed by Liev Screiber and based on the Jonathan Safron novel of the same name. A good movie about a young Jewish American man who goes to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. The film, and I presume book, is a quest/journey of sorts, … Continue reading Everything is Illuminated…or is it?
So I tried. I did. I tried to stay out of this whole Bill Cosby kerfuffle but after reading David Carr’s excellent piece I figured that as both a student & critic of media, it was time to contribute to the fray. Not because my opinion matters all that much, you know what they say…opinions are like…well, you know. If you are tired of reading/hearing … Continue reading The Bill Cosby Thing
We’re media whores. Comcast, News Corp,. Viacom, Disney, Time Warner (NOT the cable company) and CBS are our pimps. According to a report by Nielsen (hardly a reliable source, but seemingly the only one we have) we spend about five hours a day watching television. Not your laptop, desktop or tablet, the good old-fashioned talking box. The analogy between the media and us and the … Continue reading Media Pimps & Media Whores
Ok, so I am a little late on this one. And maybe I take my comedy too seriously (ironic, huh). You see, I avoid Saturday Night Live. I don’t find it funny and personally think it has become an exercise in unfunny. I think people only watch it in the hope that it will be funny and then when something is modestly funny, they think it is … Continue reading Chris Rock Is Firing On All Cylinders
It’s no secret life is complicated, but fundamentally, it can be boiled down to two things. Fear and love. You can choose to live a life of fear or you can choose to live a life of love. I know what you are thinking, “Aren’t you really oversimplifying it?” Maybe. Maybe not. I’ve spent the better part of my life choosing to live in fear. … Continue reading Fear and Love