Mild Ranting

USA! USA! USA!

USA! USA! USA!

No no, I don’t mean the United States of America. I mean the United States of Advertising (Bill Hicks). As a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party I wanted to watch the first debate last night on CNN. Now, I should point out, I don’t have television. I HAVE a television fer chrissakes, I am Continue reading USA! USA! USA!

Nerk

Nerk

nerk noun A technologically focused individual who can not help but make other people feel inferior in their lack of technological experience or prowess. “Our helpdesk rep, Nathan, is a real nerk.” synonyms: jerk, asshole, dick, dummy, prick Thanks to the proliferation of technology, we are currently living in real life version of Revenge of Continue reading Nerk

(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

25 Years Ago

25 Years Ago

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

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