Hulu is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (ABC), 21st Century Fox (FOX), Comcast (NBC) and Time Warner (Turner Broadcasting). Accordingly, you can surmise that it is kind of a cluster fuck as to what it really wants to be. Is it a broadcast network? Is it a broadcast network on the Internet? … Continue reading The Problem with Hulu
JOB OPENING: MORNING SHOW HOST/NBC/NYC: Co-host needed for very popular early morning program. Duties will include pandering to celebrities, politicians and successful business executives. Work with seasoned professionals and be willing to indulge their idiocy. Ideal candidate has universal and non-threatening appeal. Candidate should be someone with no pending litigation and not currently under investigation. Experience … Continue reading You Can Read it In the Want Ad’s
Welp, the Internet is officially over. As you have probably heard by now, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to repeal net neutrality with what is being called “The Restoring Internet Freedom Order”. HA! I understand that the concept of net neutrality is a little arcane, but here’s what you need to know; … Continue reading The Repeal of Net Neutrality
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are … Continue reading Fleabag
“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, … Continue reading Even More Bobby Kennedy
“So, I’ve been thinking” are, collectively, some of the most dreaded words in the English language. Almost as bad as “I think we should talk.” Last night I was reading The Revolt of the Elites and The Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch. Published in 1995, this was his final tome’ and in a chapter … Continue reading So, I’ve Been Thinking
Ain’t nothing news anymore…at least not anything regurgitated in American media. So the big “news” today is that Fox anchor Megyn Kelly had a meeting with ass monkey extraordinaire (and presidential candidate) Donald J. Trump (you really should notice how selective the media is in using the J). Now, I never thought I would find … Continue reading What’s News, Pussycat?
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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Open Letter to Rolling Stone Magazine
I had an exchange recently where I referred to Kanye West as a C level talent who keeps telling us he’s an A level talent. Guess what? He’s not. And thankfully, ears more trained and skilled than my own agree with me. None other than Bob Ezrin recently wrote into Lefsetz to rant about the … Continue reading Bob Ezrin on Kanye West
Brian Knappenberger’s documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, did for Aaron Swartz what Asif Kapadia’s Amy did for Amy Winehouse, remind us what a terrible loss both of them were. If your under the age of 40, I would expect you to know the name Amy Winehouse. However, unless you’re a hacker or media nerd, I wouldn’t … Continue reading The Internet’s Own Boy
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 … Continue reading Are Republicans Flagrantly Sexist?
The tragedy in Virginia yesterday is shinning a light on two hot topic subjects. The media and gun control. Both complicated issues and tangentially linked. While I don’t much care for guns and agree, in principle, with second amendment advocates, I do feel it may be time to have a very frank discussion about gun control … Continue reading We do we suck as a species?
“I think we should banish expectations and re-instate wonder.“* Consider it re-instated. Season three of the Sundance Channel’s show “Rectify” wrapped up last night with a few tears from the actors (and this viewer) and an uncharacteristic hint of optimism. For the past month I’ve tried to muscle up words to describe how good the … Continue reading Rectify – The best show you aren’t watching.
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 … Continue reading Modern Day Hatfields and McCoys? Media.
Typically, I hate this shit. I don’t think a sitting president should do talk shows, but I LOVE the fact that Marc Maron is interviewing a sitting president. It’s that type of stuff that makes me LOVE this country. For real. POTUS on WTF. Check it out. It’s worth it, especially after last weeks crap.
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 … Continue reading (sigh) They’re at it again.
Live hard. Die young. Leave a good-looking corpse. I guess that wasn’t in the cards for me. Or for David Letterman. Thank God. In the event you have been in a coma or entirely avoiding any media for the past few weeks, tonight David Letterman says good-bye. And things being such as they are, I … Continue reading I Guess I’m Old Now
To know me is to know my affinity for the sunshine state, Florida. For a brief period I produced a short-lived web series called The Florida News Network News because, let’s be honest, weird shit goes on there. Normal stuff too, but…wow, some odd stuff. I might argue a disproportionate amount of strange stuff…but that’s … Continue reading Florida Man by Sean Dunne
CBS news correspondent Bob Simon died tragically on Wednesday night. New York Times columnist David Carr died tragically last night. Two tragic days for American journalism. David Carr wasn’t from the east coast, he was from Minnesota. David Carr didn’t go to an Ivy League school and wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his … Continue reading David Carr
Surrounding ourselves in a shroud of secrecy, we have once again launched LTG Productions (formerly Los Tres Gatos – LTG, get it?). What began as a goof a number of years ago for a friend and I to produce a play that I had written has actually turned into a thing…an evolving thing, but a … Continue reading Like a Phoenix Rising
2014. Done. Over. I’d ask you where the time went and all that jazz, but then I would sound infinitely older than I really am. I can’t afford that…no, but really where did the time go? I won’t bore you with some sort of year-end wrap up. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway, the … Continue reading And So It Ends
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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Chris Rock Is Firing On All Cylinders
Yea, that’s right, that Zucker doesn’t need anything from us to convince himself and the corporate war lords, past and present, that he is the go to television executive. I just finished reading this profile by Gabriel Sherman on the Zuckster, the guy with the brown fingered touch, from the 10.5 New York Magazine. It’s a … Continue reading Jeff Zucker doesn’t need you.
So much for that whole “innocent until proven guilty”, huh? So much for the sanctity of marriage and therapy, huh? Look, whatever Stephen Collins did (and it’s allegedly horrible behavior) his career is over. There is no erasing the stink of child molestation, regardless of guilt or innocence. However inappropriate his alleged behavior may have … Continue reading The Stephen Collins Thing
And yes, this is a thing. As it should be. You see the people at battleforthenet.com created a campaign awhile back to raise awareness about the pending FCC decision about net neutrality. So if you encounter a loading symbol on some of your favorite sites today (including Netflix) it stands a pretty good chance of … Continue reading Today is Internet slowdown day
Wherever you sit politically, I think it is a safe bet that you are not paying attention to the Internet “net neutrality” issue or the looming media merger and acquisition blitzkrieg (Comcast buying Time Warner Cable and Fox buying Time Warner Entertainment…with smaller mergers to follow). Not that I would blame you because net neutrality … Continue reading Two important issues you’re probably ignoring.
Yesterday NBC unleashed its fall schedule on advertisers and will now spend the next few weeks (or is it months) doing back room deals, faking projections off an archaic and fictional Nielsen ratings system, trying to sell them on their shows. I think NBC will be very successful this year and see an increase in … Continue reading NBC Upfront Analysis
I originally wrote this in February of 2013 and thought I would revisit it as we move into the annual broadcast television bukkake festival, also known as the network upfront season. The big four networks, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have been spiraling downwards, not only in ratings but also in content, for about ten … Continue reading Broadcast Television and the Future of Storytelling – revisted
Covering the Brooklyn Film Festival last year for the Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts, I stumbled upon a rare gem of a movie, Hank and Asha. It’s showing at indieScreen here in Williamsburg May 9-15 here and you should see it. Here’s what I had to say about the three films I saw with it … Continue reading Go See Hank & Asha
OK, so this FCC clampdown is not an entirely done deal…at least not in the legal sense. Media coverage of this has conspicuously disappeared from many of the traditional outlets. I wonder if the fact that many of the news networks are owned by the very companies that stand to gain the most by a … Continue reading FU FCC, Part II
As recently as February FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that “Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.” Late yesterday, Mr. Wheeler had a dramatic change of heart and went all Game of Thrones Red Wedding on … Continue reading FU FCC