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Friends, New Yorkers, Lend Me Your Ears: I Come to Praise AOL!

By: Simon Dumenco on September 24, 2007

I've been trashing AOL for more than a decade -- first as an unhappy content partner (I created an AOL site for a glossy magazine back in the '90s, which involved daily battles with AOL's rank-and-file bureaucracy and executive-suite numbskulls), then as a bewildered observer of AOL's idiotic business decisions -- so maybe you think I'm being sarcastic. But I'm not. Against all odds, I'm actually rooting for AOL.

Wait, What if Leno Doesn't Have Enough Fans Left to Retake 11:35?

By: Simon Dumenco on January 13, 2010

Never mind Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Jenni "J-Woww" Farley of MTV's "Jersey Shore." The real action in the reality-TV genre is playing out over at NBC, with Conan "Coco" O'Brien, Jay "The Chin" Leno and Jeff "The Biggest Loser" Zucker supplying us all with endless drama, laughter and tears. (What should we call it? "Network Rehab"? Paging Dr. Drew.)

Media Guy's Pop Pick: AOL'S Revamped Spinner

By: Simon Dumenco on September 24, 2007

Indie-rock fans and musical early adopters have long consulted a handful of hugely influential taste-making websites, including PitchForkMedia and StereoGum. But now, increasingly, they're bookmarking -- believe it or not -- a site "powered by AOL Music."

In Praise of the Original Social Media: Good Ol' Television

By: Simon Dumenco on May 17, 2010

For all the buzz and obsession about social media, old media still rules our lives. (It's amazing how often we use new media to talk about what old media is up to.) And of all the old media, TV maintains the tightest grip on our collective consciousness.

Just When You Thought Google Had Forgotten About Google Buzz ...

By: Simon Dumenco on April 15, 2010

Remember Google Buzz? Google's (LOLCAT!) Facebook killer? Somehow it's two months old already, and though it got tons of attention in its early days, the Buzz buzz has faded to a murmur lately. Which brings us to this week's chart -- and Google's announcement of a much-needed Buzz-sharing tool