Tag Archives: television

Don’t Worry It’s Just Like the Internet

Some time ago I posted a video of Neil Postman talking in 1985 on PBS about his thesis for the book Amusing Ourselves to Death. In the course of his discussion, Postman notes that USA Today, the nation’s most successful … Continue reading

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Speaker (Pelosi) Amplification

Rachel Maddow had a rather lengthy and in depth interview with House Democratic Majority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her last program. Maddow asked Representative Pelosi about the changes she’s seen in her 25 year tenure in Congress, … Continue reading

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“Special”

My kids are sitting in front of the television right now watching the 1969 film “Frost the Snowman” narrated by Jimmy Durante. It’s part of a Christmas DVD box set with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and others. It’s not a … Continue reading

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Bad on TV, Part 2: The ‘Oops’ Edition

If my last post wasn’t clear enough, the chattering class’ obituary of Rick Perry’s presidential run puts it to bed: If it had been you or I, funny moment. Brain…freeze. For a politician on television, doom. The gaffe is the … Continue reading

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Bad on TV: The Original Sin of Politics

Anyone who’s either taken an introductory course in media and communication studies, or who lived through the event, will recognize the significance of the Nixon-Kennedy debates as a seminal moment in television and political history. Kennedy looked fresh, young, tan, … Continue reading

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40% Ethanol, 60% Water, 100% Irony

“Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.” -Marshall McLuhan McLuhan’s earliest book publication was The Mechanical Bride, which was the culmination of years of collection and note-taking on print ads. He’d torn out or clipped ads from … Continue reading

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Big Brother Amtrak and the Vigilant Environment

It’s cliche to speak of a post-9/11 world, but there you have it. Things have changed. I flew from Newark to Narita airport the other day and flashed back to my childhood in the 1970s when anyone could go through … Continue reading

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