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Spike Speaks Again

All of a sudden Spike Lee sees himself as the voice of responsibility: a couple of weeks ago he cautioned against the seductions of reality shows that imply luck rather than hard work is the key to success. Now he told a group in Bermuda that BET “lacks serious entertainment …

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Poets and Laura Bush: Equally Foolish

Let’s think: what vocation or avocation is most likely to be against war – any war – war as a concept under any circumstances? Machinists? Bloggers? Human rights activists? Veterans? How about poets, whose noble pursuit of the music in language often leads down winding paths of fancy, at the …

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Freak Week

These days Michael Jackson is much more popular on TV than he is on record. Why? Because the general populace still can’t quite believe what a freak of nature Jackson has become, so he has great oddity appeal, but he hasn’t recorded anything very good since “Black and White” over …

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Clear Channel CEO Pressed by Senate Commerce Committee

Well-known minion of Satan, Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays, got a good grilling yesterday: Mays flatly denied allegations from rock star Don Henley and other critics that the media empire’s 1,200-plus stations have muscled out smaller rivals, taken bribes to play songs, or engaged in other anti-competitive practices. Facing sharp …

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Ten Second Film Competition

Digital video film competition running from Feb. 3-March 10. You can do a lot in ten seconds as the sample films attest, including getting your hair blown dry by Greek women. Prizes are $1000 for first, $500 for second, and $250 for third place. Judges include David Wild, pioneer of …

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Verizon Says Wait a Minute

“Excuse me Judge Very-Unhelpful”: Verizon Communications Inc. asked a federal judge Thursday to stay his ruling making it much simpler for the entertainment industry to tie a digital pirate’s online activities to his real-world identity. Verizon lawyers want U.S. District Judge John D. Bates to wait until a federal appeals …

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Internet Economics

Arnold Kling – who by the way, looks exactly like an “Arnold Kling” – says many of us misunderstand the economics of the Internet: all interpersonal transactions can be sorted into four relational models. Communal Sharing Authority Ranking Equality Matching Market Pricing In a Communal Sharing transaction, such as a …

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Internet More Important Than TV For Users

Internet usage up, but users more wary of content, UCLA study finds: About 61 percent find the Net “very” or “extremely” important as an information source, according to the third annual nationwide survey on the Internet from the University of California at Los Angeles. That’s roughly the same as the …

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Okay, I Watched It

We came to scorn, but we stayed for the talent. Dawn and I have somehow ended up watching 2+ of the 3 American Idol episodes thus far, including last night, where, I am abashed to admit, I ended up giving a rat’s ass what happened. Damn. There were cracks showing …

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“Corporate Catastrophe”

AOL Time Warner yesterday reported the biggest annual loss in American corporate history, $98 billion. Ted Turner is quitting, following Steve Case out of the executive suite. The Washington Post does not shy away from extreme terms: The enormous financial loss comes just two years after the widely heralded $112 …

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