Need Some Ideas?

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Lost Remote’s Cory Bergman posts some great ideas for the media we all know and love, including some predictions and general commentary.

Some highlights: “Newspaper sites, on average, are better designed than TV sites. Yes, I said it. Many TV sites are a cluttered mess.” or “Sometime soon, a cable network will promote an overnight show for DVR viewers. “We’re on at 2am, so set your TiVo and get some sleep.” ”

You can go here to leave comments on the ideas or to leave your own.

[via CableNewser]

Indecency & Ms. Ingraham

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Atrios is pushing for his readers to contact the FCC after something that was said on Laura Ingraham’s show, as pointed out by Take Back the Media.

I’ve listened to it, and it sounds like the f-word was dropped on-air by someone else in the studio. I think the FCC is really going after people who have been indecent more than one or two times. If, however, the folks at TBTM are correct and we’re supposed to be nailing people to the wall for one instance, then this is a good example. We’ll have to see if Ingraham’s production company has a stance on things such as this…

Bush 9/11-Themed Election Ads

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Wonkette writes today about the storm brewing over the new Bush/Cheney campaign ads, specifically one featuring 9/11 imagery. I heard about this on the way to work early this morning on Imus, and I have to say I’m on one hand not surprised, and on the other hand – really disappointed.

To be honest, what did Bush do in New York that day, the next day, that really made a difference? Fine, he showed up. Whatever. What did he do that any sitting President wouldn’t have done? This is just using an event that happened to take place while you were President and adding to your pile of topics to talk about. If you’re going to play compassionate, then I don’t want to see *one* attack ad at Kerry. If you’re going to play that it’s all you, and focus on what *you* did, then that’s all I want to hear about. If this is going to be how it’s gonna be, then don’t be surprised, Bush Campaign, about the ad that comes out that shows you and a clock in a splitscreen, with you in the kindergarten class, along with some wisecracking Dennis Hopper from Speed voice in the background saying “What do you do, whaddayou do!” repeatedly.

I think this is a blatant misuse of an event for political gain. You’re free to disagree, but don’t try and pull on heartstrings of Americans and think that they’re too stupid to notice. It’s not just the victims of the event, people whose family members died that are in a ruckus about this – it’ll be a broader spectrum of people.

To clarify, I don’t have such a problem with him referring to the event in a speech, saying in a commercial that his goal is to never have a 9/11 again, or something like that. But don’t pull this.

Children’s Music – A Joyous Collection of Comments

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The Morning News has a roundtable of Leslie Harpold, the Dallas Observer’s Sarah Hepola, and Choire Sicha from Gawker discussing the music that children are listening to (and creating) these days.

Some highlights: After listening to Kidz Bop Kids, ‘Family Affair,’ , Sicha says “These children have never been crunk in their fucking lives.” and after hearing Arthur and Friends: ‘D.W.’s Brass in Pocket,’ Leslie follows up with “I can think of no greater crime against humanity and rock music than this cover of ‘Brass in Pocket,’ ”

Ouch. Probably shouldn’t be looking for ideas on what to buy your kids in this review, but at least it makes for fun morning reading.

Right Side Of Dial For Left

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According to John Mainelli’s article in today’s New York Post, WLIB-AM (1190 on your dial) will be the New York affiliate for the liberal radio network, to be entitled “Air America”. The network could go up as early as this month or sometime in April.

I was surprised to not really hear too much about the network after years of Sean Hannity tearing up the idea on his shows – so this comes as a big surprise that it’ll be up and running this fast. Looks like Al Franken, Florida-based Randi Rhodes, Janeane Garofalo, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. will be the mainstays of the lineup. Can’t wait to hear who the morning drive-time host is.

The network’s site is located at centralairmedia.com, with Central Air being the company’s name until March 31st.

[via Drudge Report]

The Passion of the Christ

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I’m sure all of you haven’t come here to get your “hot” movie reviews and commentary, but that’s okay. I just thought it would be a good addition to the site to keep things fresh and full of variety.

Tonight we went to see Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ at our local multiplex. I purchased my tickets last night for a showing this evening, as they were all sold out early yesterday for last night’s shows. Thought that was an interesting sign. WFAN‘s Mike Francesa, one half of the “Mike and the Mad Dog” drive-time show, gave his commentary on the whole movie experience he had over the weekend, and I’d have to say mine was somewhat similar. I went to Catholic elementary school, so I’m pretty much familiar with the areas of the Bible covered in the film, and was able to go into the movie just expecting to see the passages as they are interpreted by some – and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

As filmmaking goes, this was definitely top shelf. The actors were fantastic, the use of subtitles was not bothersome at all, even adding some integrity to the film, and the images shown were nothing less than powerful. A lot of the discourse floating around recently in the news and on the ‘net is about blame. The movie had nothing to do with blaming anyone for anything. Fault isn’t an issue. You can look at this movie from two perspectives: First off, think of it as Mr. Gibson’s portrayal of how he believed the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life went. The thoughts to the past he might have had, the pain he went through, and the effect he had on the people around him. Go in objective, and you’ll come out objective. Don’t go looking for things that your friend might have told you was there, or that you heard on television. Just watch the film and form your own opinion. Reviews are great – but they’re just reviews. Like this. If you find salient points in what I’m writing, then that’s great. If not, c’est la vie.

The second way to look at this is to view this film if you weren’t necessarily a Christian or Catholic, more specifically. If you were Jewish, Muslim, Taoist, whatever – and you watched this movie, perhaps it would give you reason to see why Christians can be so dedicated to their beliefs, just as you might be with yours. Think of it as an expression for the purpose of greater understanding. Religious or not. Don’t go looking for how Gibson portrayed the Jewish leaders of putting Jesus to death. Don’t fault the Romans for the scourging and relentless beatings. That’s not the point. You’re supposed to see someone who had the ultimate faith in himself and what he believed in give everything up for those beliefs – the same way you might do so for a family member or spouse. I don’t mean to sound base about it, but stepping down to a different denominator sometimes makes things a little easier to grasp.

I have to say that I’ve never been to a film where no one said anything on the way out of the theatre. I’ve never seen such a varying degree of emotion – from outright tears to shock and awe to utter fascination – caused by a movie. And I’ve seen a whole lotta movies.

I thought people were kidding when they said shows were selling out at all timeslots since last Wednesday. They weren’t. Sometimes you go to a movie and it’s a lot of young people or older people or folks in a majority from any various ethnic background. My wife pointed out on the way out that she had heard you would see people from all walks of life there – and she heard Russian, English, Spanish, and Chinese all being spoken in the theatre. As films go, it definitely gets a thumbs up from me. Fantastic adaptation, or better yet, almost to the letter placement of written word into something to be seen. Whether you are “grossed out” by blood and violence or not, I think you can get something out of this film, it’s just that well done.

[update] Cobb comments on the film, with some terrific thoughts and explanations which I didn’t even come close to.