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
Comcast, the countries largest cable provider, will testify today before the House of Representatives about its proposed 45.2 billion dollar merger with the countries second largest cable provider Time Warner Cable. A merger, or acquisition, that Comcast steadfastly contends is good for the consumer because it increases competition. You’ll forgive me if I am still … Continue reading Turd Polishing PhD With Comcast
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
Before I get off and running, let me reiterate a few things. I am a Comcast employee. I am a Comcast shareholder. I do NOT think the company is doing anything illegal. But as I have said repeatedly, legality seldom sides with morality and ethics. There, that’s the disclaimer. Now…WTF Comcast?! This past weekend the … Continue reading Comcast doesn’t give a f*ck.
I wrote about Controlling the Media and Controlling the Message last week, so I am not going to go down that road again. I’m also not going to blather on about how I DO NOT find Comcast at fault. I firmly believe what they are doing is legal. I would also like to reiterate that … Continue reading It Matters
“Control the media. Control the message.” So wrote philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan. Even though media has changed since McLuhan gave us that very Warholian statement; today “media” encompasses a great deal of both content and distribution while the “message” is still…well, it’s still the message. The ideas and thoughts contained within the media. … Continue reading Control the Media. Control the Message.
Comcast Technology & Innovation Center? A friend of mine the other day sent me a link. A link to an article bloviating about the new Comcast building they are planning to build in Philadelphia. I’m not kidding, no words, she just sent the link: http://goo.gl/AKQBZ5 This was my reply (marginally edited here for context and … Continue reading Sometimes it’s just overkill.
You should watch Black Mirror. You’re probably not watching Charlie Brooker’s brilliant show Black Mirror because it isn’t easy to find on American television. In fact, I am not sure where to find it except on bootleg sites. It’s not on BBC America, it’s not available on American iTunes, Netflix or Amazon. Frankly, it’s … Continue reading Black Mirror
May 29, 2013 Dear Netflix haters, I’d like you all to step away from your keyboards and close your blog window. Take a break and get some coffee or have a smoke. Breathe, relax. Let me say right up front, I am not a Netflix apologist, employee or shareholder. So, I have no vested interest … Continue reading Open Letter to Netflix Haters