There is a great SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketch where a category is “Pen Is Mightier” and Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery keeps pronouncing it “Penis Mightier”. (Here’s a link to the audio and some sort of World of Warcraft like animation) And you know what? It’s true. The pen IS mightier (the jury is out on the … Continue reading The PenIs Mightier
This was originally published in October of 2013 in wait(er) Magazine but as the subject is heating up again, I thought it was worth revisiting. The current federal hourly rate for tipped employees stands at $2.13. Yep, you read that correctly. In fact, it’s been stuck at $2.13 since 1991. You can pick your jaw … Continue reading The Other NRA – redux
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 … Continue reading Reply All Idiotry
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?
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 … Continue reading Oh! Say, can you see?
(or how I came to eat dinner on the lanai of a Florida home in the summer, alone.) HEY YOU! We must talk, POST-HASTE! You asked me to explain to you why I dislike you so much. Of course, you asked seconds before you slammed the sliding glass door robbing me of the chance to … Continue reading Open Letter To A Narcissist
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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading (sigh) They’re at it again.
I shouldn’t be, but I am. I’m ashamed to be an American. I shouldn’t be, but I am. The BBC just broke the story about a church shooting in South Carolina. The story is still unfolding but it appears to be, surprise surprise, racially motivated. What the fuck is happening? I’m not a church going … Continue reading I’m ashamed to be white.
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
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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 … 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 … 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 … 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
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 … Continue reading Fear and Love
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.
And so it begins. Another change. I’ve decided to forgo the whole “I’m gonna be a dancer” deal (Liberia just doesn’t seem safe) and stay in the white-collar world. I had received so many “Good lucks” when I mentioned my new endeavour that I’m grateful so many people gave a shit. Of course, I would … Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
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.
A little over three years ago, a girl I was dating ended our relationship…for the second time. She had determined that “maybe there was someone better out there.” I assured her that indeed there was…and always would be. I tried telling her that was an endless and futile search because it didn’t matter who she … Continue reading Lost the Battle. Winning the War.
“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” -Charles Mingus Far be it from me to crush anyone’s dreams, but not everyone needs to write a book, paint a picture or make a movie. … Continue reading Thinking About Creativity
Bobby Kennedy was assassinated on June 6, 1968. For some reason he, more than any other politician (and certainly more than any other Kennedy), strikes a chord with me. Maybe it’s because he was killed a few days before I was born? I honestly can’t say for certain but over the past few years I’ve … Continue reading Tomorrow is June 6
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
On May 22, China’s jd.com, sometimes called China’s Amazon, began trading on the NASDAQ making it worth an estimated $28 billion dollars. On May 6 of this year, the Chinese e-tail behemoth Alibaba Group filed its intention to go public in the United States in what is being called “one of the biggest IPO’s in … Continue reading 25 Years Ago
The last fight I had was 25 years ago. It was one of those bar room, table clearing kind of fights. For the record, those are a lot less cool than they’re presented in movies. A friend had gone to request a song from the DJ and either he didn’t like the request or my … Continue reading The Reluctant (almost) Pugilist
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
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
I recently had my annual review. It went well. Very well. Statistically, my review and internal rating puts me in the top 25% of employees within my department. By whatever arcane methodology the company uses, I am a valued employee. Bully for me, right? Wrong. A valued employee does not necessarily mean an equitably compensated … Continue reading I am Jack’s inequality.
“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