Category Archives: Television

United States of Secrets

The Frontline documentary, United States of Secrets, Pt. 1 is one of the most important television programs of the last decade. It is a tale of how Dick Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, remade the surveillance policies of America … Continue reading

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Is the Music TV Show Dead?

Fox began airing American Idol in June of 2002 and for eight straight years it was the number one rated TV show in America. It so outdrew the competition that the other networks pretty much gave up trying to counter … Continue reading

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Tyranny of Choice

Brian Roberts, who runs Comcast, should take a look at this chart. In the last seven years our cable bill has almost doubled and part of the rationale for this is that we have so many more channels to choose … Continue reading

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Why Now?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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The Internet is a Focus Group

Our correspondent, T-Bone Burnett, added that comment to the New Yorker cartoon I posted which has generated so much traffic in the last couple of days. This comment is echoed in a magnificent essay in this morning’s New York Times … Continue reading

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What is to be done?

When I started promulgating this notion of The Interregnum–“The old is dying and the new cannot be born;in this interregnum morbid symptoms abound”(Gramsci)–two years ago, I had no idea how morbid the symptoms would get. The last week has been … Continue reading

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The announcement that Apple is eliminating digital rights management controls from its I Tunes service is the final nail in the coffin of technology based solutions to piracy. Every time Apple or Microsoft would roll out a new DRM solution, … Continue reading

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America 3.0 on You Tube

USC/Annenberg School has put a new version of my America 3.0:Rebooting After the Crash up on their You Tube Site. Watch it in the High Quality Setting. It will be up on I Tunes U next week as a free download.

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What A Difference 4 Years Makes

It is hard to imagine now that four years ago George Bush was reelected in the midst of a climate of fear and suspicion. Democrats were on the defensive, the long term relevancy of their party being questioned by the … Continue reading

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Dole Ad Backfires

Liddy Dole’s attack on her opponents beliefs has backfired.PPP reports, It is pretty clear to me based on our polling this weekend that Kay Hagan will be headed to the US Senate unless something very bizarre happens in the next … Continue reading

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