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Who is Number One?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

You are Number Six.

Patrick McGoohan died Tuesday at the age of 80.

No word on whether or not a bouncing latex ball was seen leaving the scene.

Death by beach ball

Well no shit, Sherlock…

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

The title on this AP article reads “Popular View of King Ignores Complexity.”

What popular view, exactly, doesn’t ignore complexity?

“We’re living increasingly in a culture of top 10 lists, of celebrity biopics which simplify the past as entertainment or mythology,” [Richard Greenwald, professor of history at Drew University] said. “We lose a view on what real leadership is by compressing him down to one window.”

News flash, Doctor Greenwald – and, for that matter, the dumbasses at Comcast who chose the headline*: this is what ‘popular’ culture does. It simplifies and abstracts complexities down to consumable nuggets. Those stories about Washington and the cherry tree? Same deal; same process, different era.

*Typically, the AP is not responsible for the headlines under which their pieces run. Dunno who ran with this one, AP or Comcast, but it’s a friggin’ doozy on the “This is a job for Captain Obvious!” scale.

Go, Bill! Go!

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Bill Moyers, that is… Speaking before some 2500 people attending the closing plenary of The National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis, MO, Moyers said:

“The more compelling our journalism, the angrier became the radical right of the Republican Party,” he said. “That’s because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth. And the quickest way to be damned by them as liberal is to tell the truth.”

Ain’t that the truth… Media today is afraid to “speak truth to power”. They’ve forgotten the origins of the term “Fourth Estate”, or they’re more interested in being part of the offical power structure, or they’re more interested in market control and cost-cutting than reporting and truth-telling.

MP3 audio of Moyers’ full speech here. Streaming video of the conference can be found here.