Mild Ranting

(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.

Stick the Narrative

Stick the Narrative

In gymnastics, it’s called stick the landing – v. phr. – to finish an athletic, gymnastic, or other sports performance with an ideal pose or stance, especially after a jump or leap. In media, let’s call it stick the narrative – v. phr. – to adhere to a particular message or thought despite contrary evidence; Continue reading Stick the Narrative

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.

The One Who Left Early

The One Who Left Early

What follows is mostly true. Except for the parts that aren’t. I didn’t like Dayton, Ohio. Being the world headquarters for NCR and having a heavy IBM presence, most suburbs were pretty transient; white-collar corporate transient more than flagrant vagrancy. Families came and went pretty regularly so you learned not to get too attached. Thankfully, Continue reading The One Who Left Early

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

Brunch

Brunch

“It’s not quite breakfast, its not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end.” – Jacques on The Simpsons I don’t like brunch. It’s largely an egg and starch based culinary genre. In other words, it’s not terribly complicated. In the event you have been in a coma for the Continue reading Brunch