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Fleabag

Fleabag

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

Rectify – The best show you aren’t watching.

Rectify – The best show you aren’t watching.

“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.

President Obama is on WTF Podcast

President Obama is on WTF Podcast

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.

(sigh) They’re at it again.

(sigh) They’re at it again.

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.

David Carr

David Carr

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

Two important issues you’re probably ignoring.

Two important issues you’re probably ignoring.

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.

Broadcast Television and the Future of Storytelling – revisted

Broadcast Television and the Future of Storytelling – revisted

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

FU FCC, Part II

FU FCC, Part II

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

FU FCC

FU FCC

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

What Makes Me Happy

What Makes Me Happy

There are a number of things that I find real pleasure in. Among the top are listening to The Replacements, randomly catching the movie Airplane on television, watching documentaries, reading a great book, watching Family Guy and ripping on media mogul charlatan Jeff Zucker. When any two of these collide, it’s pure joy…the type of Continue reading What Makes Me Happy