Analysis of media issues, politics and current events.
The revelation that IRS agents decidedly singled out and scrutinized Tea Party groups is just beginning. Oh, not because it’s really a scandal. As the initial outrage and eye-catching headlines subside, we see that no real damage has been done nor a true crime has been committed. According the reports, in the wake of groups [...]
As much as Facebook loves to share, it also loves to change your privacy settings (usually lowering them) under the banner of upgrades. This video by ExtremelyDecentFilms captures this frustration so well. ExtremelyDecentFilms
Media, you already have a successful template for covering the intersection of Islam,terror and violence like that of the Boston bombings. Right now, you only use for just one religion. It’s the template the media uses for coverage of Christianity related violence and extremism. When it comes to radical groups within Christianity, such groups are [...]
If you explained the plot and the plot twist of the movie Oblivion with Tom Cruise in a pitch meeting, it sounds great. What a difference a thin script, loose editing and so many plot holes make. Oblivion is one of the movies that actually made me madder the more I thought about it, because [...]
During the Boston Marathon bombings, a mob mentally overtook the collective coverage. The energy of a mob isn’t intentionally evil. However a mob is often a group impatient to use rules and process as checks and balance. Instead it favors expediency in executing justice. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the social media [...]
What do you get with a media culture that shoots first and asks questions later? This week’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing coverage looks like a pretty good clue. Some highlights: Glen Beck’s The Blaze reports, and then criticized the mainstream media for not reporting a Saudi was captured in relation to the Boston [...]
In a town 20 miles from Waco, Texas, reports say a fire near ammonia tanks reached the tanks and exploded. The explosion killing firefighters and a policeman on scene as part of an effort of trying to evacuate people living nearby. This phone video caught of the fire that became an explosion seems shocking, even [...]
Whether it’s by a group, or one person, the act of Terrorism is about trying to destroy a person’s will and spirit by destroying the physical things around them. The destruction is the message. In the case of the Boston Marathon bombing, the dagger that stabs the spirit and will is the gruesome video of [...]
This infographic : Complete Series: The Lifespan of a TV Show depicts the rise of fall of just about every successful TV show you’ve seen. And the stages of a TV show creative growth and decline. From wobbly start (Star Trek, Lost, Friends) to the Zombie years (Murphy Brown, The Simpsons).
When did simply a bad or clumsy conversation about race become a crime? A mini tempest in a teapot brewed this week when country artist Brad Paisley released his song Accidental Racist. A song about an encounter between a man wearing a Confederate Flag on his T-shirt and a black man looking at him with [...]