Wednesday, January 28, 2009
No need to reset the countdown clock yet, or Bye Bye Miss American Idol!
Now I won't have to change the settings on my Death of Free TV Countdown Clock. And, barring an appeal to the Supreme Court by Howie Mandel and the cast of The View, those of us who are too cheap to subscribe to cable, and too far from New York's transmission towers to pick up the weaker digital signals, will finally be free of the boob tube's siren song in less than three weeks!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
So, What Is Funny Now That Dubya Has Skedaddled Back to the Wasteland??
How about a blog where cute animals get told what's what?
The Desks Are Unoccupied Over at "Get Your War On"
Thursday, January 22, 2009
What About that Other White House Website?
Where is the raison d'être of the website that brought us "TRANSCRIPT OF PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS PROMISING GREATER FREEDOM® FOR FREEIFIED® FREEFOLK® TO FREELY® ENJOY FREETASTIC® FREEGASMS® OF FREEDOMOSITY®" and "COMPLETE TEXT OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S ORGASMIC REBEL YELL HERALDING THE LAUNCH OF OPERATION GODLESS IRAQAZOID SMACKDOWN "? Will it continue to exist as a time capsule for the reign of the President-who-shall-no-longer-be-named, or will it live on as a twisted reflection of the new White House occupant, no matter who that occupant should be?
It's a question that could be asked about all of us who started blogs and websites as responses to the Bushy Era. What the fuck do we do now?
UPDATE 26 January 2009: There is now a note online that the contents of WhiteHouse.Org have been permanently archived at WHITEHOUSE.GEORGEWBUSH.ORG.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
the last thing I read on the train to work, courtesy of Roberto Bolaño
"And what books do you read? I used to read everything, Professor, I read all the time. Now all I read is poetry. Poetry is the one thing that isn't contaminated, the one thing that isn't part of the game. I don't know if you follow me, Professor. Only poetry -- and let me be clear, only some of it -- is good for you. Only poetry isn't shit."
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Reasons to be Grateful for the Death of Free TV: #1 -- Drug Ads
The ads are so ubiquitous now (the picture above was a random sampling from tonight during the national news half-hour on NBC and ABC), that it's probably hard for most Americans to believe that only two nations, New Zealand and the United States, have decriminalized this type of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, and that the current form of advertising has only been permitted since very late in the last century.
These ads are only one reason that I'm looking forward to my analog screen going dead in just a little over a month.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Is the Death of Free TV Being Delayed?
I've been counting on February 17th as the day that those of us in fringe areas (even with converter boxes) will experience the cliff effect and that final freedom from video mind control.
In a letter sent last night to President Bush , President-elect Barack Obama , House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), the consumer advocacy group [Consumers Union] said Congress should push back the transition "until a plan is in place to minimize the number of consumers who will lose TV signals."
Was I just being optimistic?
update 9 January '09 at 8:30am:
This morning with the two recent FCC Chairmen, William Kennard and Michael Powell, writing a New York Times Op/Ed entitled "Don't Touch That Dial", it seems even clearer that I may need to reset the Death of Free TV Countdown Clock.
"...with 40 days to go, it is now clear that we are heading for a train wreck — unless Congress delays the transition for a few months to allow more time to prepare. "