Archive: September, 2009
Happy 6-0, Bruce. Now he's ready to grow young again....no retreat, baby, no surrender.
"It's just common sense that government attempts to solve problems like the health care problem will just create new problems"
For all the brouhaha about the expanding power of the federal government, how come no one is out in the streets protestintg the massive expansion of the power of Fox News and its related ventures, which apparently includes the power to order confiscation of newspapers without a valid reason and otherwise restricting the rights of a free press (which seems like an odd priority for a media company, but...).
NYU prof Clay Shirky has made himself into a New Media guru for thinking more clearly than anyone else about the death of newspapers and what it all means. He understands that the loss of what he calls "the economics of scarcity" -- the ability of newspapers in the 20th Century to charge local firms high rates for ads because their were no other options -- is a problem with no real solution. I was struck by this Shirky prediction, however:
Even with that experimentation, he added, the ongoing shrinkage of newspapers is likely to create a “giant hole” that will not be filled for some time. He said he has a vision of communities of 10,000 people or fewer becoming rife with “casual endemic corruption,” as newspapers are no longer able to fulfill their traditional watchdog roles.
Glenn Beck gets the VH1 "Behind the Music" treatment...think he needs more cowbell here. Check out the excellent Salon.com series on the rise of Lonesome Rhodes.
Sorry for the lack of anything resembling actual blogging here -- real-life morphed straight into a Daily News editing shiftr with lots of, um, news.
UPDATE: Interesting read, as always, from Glenn Greenwald on the debate over whether Beck is a conservative or something else, and why it matters.
That John Roberts (the chief justice, not the newscaster, shown at left) is sure a nice looking man -- youthful, soft-spoken, polite, great family. Too bad he's such a threat to the American way of life:
The question at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this year is simple: What constitutional rights should corporations have? To us, as well as many legal scholars, former justices and, indeed, drafters of the Constitution, the answer is that their rights should be quite limited — far less than those of people.
It takes a lot to surprise me these days, but the idea of Michael Dukakis -- a decent guy who was arguably the most inept presidential candidate of my lifetime (and John McCain was during my lifetime, remember) -- back on the national stage, and maybe providing the 60th vote for healthcare reform, is pretty amazing. Of course he'd just be keeping the seat warm for No. 38, but still...
* A joke by Jay Leno back when he was popular.
At one of the many whistle-stops on his media blitz, President Obama made "news" by saying...something...about newspapers:
Several bills have been introduced in Congress to aid the newspaper industry, including a Senate measure that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks. The President was noncommittal about the legislation but said: "I haven't seen detailed proposals yet, but I'll be happy to look at them."