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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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Give it a second! IT’S GOING TO SPACE!!”

Comedian Louis CK isn’t for everyone, but I’m a fan and this bit has always made me laugh. For one thing, we’re basically the same age and have seen the same transformations in the world around us. The one part … Continue reading

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The Year of Mumford

Although the past year was the centennial of Marshall McLuhan’s birth and 2012 is the centennial of both Jacques Ellul and Walter Ong, for me, 2012 seems to be lining up as the Year of Mumford. Over the holidays, I … 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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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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CUNY journalism prof and author of “What would Google Do,” Jeff Jarvis, has become quite the maestro of Twitter hashtags. During the peak of the Washington “debt-crisis” debacle he tweaked the discourse with the trending hashtag #fuckyouwashington and has struck … Continue reading

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