Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Bamboozled, Led Astray and Run-Amok: Reality Television, Celebrity Worship, and Why It Needs To Go Away but Won’t

Posted in Media

The question we should ask is: “Does this person have the power to influence society in a meaningful way?” before we invest an inordinate aount of time on whatever they said. Does anyone remember what the Dixie Chicks actually said without googling it? Did it have an impact on the conclusion of the Iraq War? The only impact it had was giving them a concept for their...

Posted on Sep 27, 2013

Quin Woodward Pu Getting Her Own Reality Show in 5, 4, 3, 2 …..

Posted in Society

Acts of shameless self promotion are a television producer's dream - people who are willing to engage in humiliating acts in public make viewing numbers guaranteed. The public has an insatiable appetite for train wreck television, and there's no doubt over night sensation Quin Woodward Pu would do whatever it takes to keep the punters coming back....

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

The Zucker Tradition Continues at CNN

Posted in Politics

First there was the news that may have come as a surprise to most reasonable people, but which honestly was all-but-assured to those who understand how the corporate world works: the hiring of Jeff Zucker as the new head of CNN Worldwide. Sure, pretty much everyone with a pair of eyes knew that Zucker had almost singlehandedly ruined NBC and by all accounts should’ve been radioactive for the next...

Posted on Aug 10, 2012

American Exceptionalism, My Ass

Posted in Politics

By Chez Pazienza: I’ll try to make this quick. Not a day goes by that some lunatic blowhard on Fox News or right-wing talk radio isn’t shouting about American exceptionalism and our lack of willingness to obnoxiously preach it to an international community which doesn’t give a damn how highly we think of ourselves. Just last week, a segment on Fox that quite simply had to stand as one...