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June 04, 2006
The problem with trying to parse the behavior of the FCC is that, like much of what's happened at the federal level the past few years, logic is beside the point. Instead, politics is the point. As are a faith-based agenda, a pro-Big Media slant and shameless cronyism.
May 28, 2006
So much for educational experiments: A lot of you balked at the most recent Media Guy Media Studies test, with its in-depth essay questions -- and, frankly, I was shocked at how many of you simply copied and pasted answers from Wikipedia. So, screw it. I'm going back to the multiple-choice pop-quiz format. Like, effective immediately. All books and papers off your desk -- now!
May 14, 2006
I'm not a hateful or bitter person. Honestly. This column is, at its core, about optimism, dear readers -- because why complain about the shortcomings of the media world each week unless you really believe (as I do) that things can and should get better?
May 08, 2006
This week is the National Magazine Awards ceremony. In the past, it's been an insufferable luncheon at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria. This year it's an evening black-tie event at the spectacular Frederick P. Rose Hall --because the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) really, really wants the awards to live up to their billing as "the Oscars of the magazine industry." Forget the event, though. What really should get reformed are the awards themselves.
May 01, 2006
Ok, so here's my idea, which I'm pretty sure is the Best New Media Idea Ever in the History of the Universe: Basically, it's a sort of viral mobisodic Wiki MySpace. Sounds awesome already, right? Wait, it gets awesomer. This product's mobisodes -- mobile episodic videos for your cellphone -- are created by harnessing the collective creativity of...
April 23, 2006
Readers have questions all the time, and Media Guy is always surprised at how many different topics they cover. So, in the spirit of trying to satisfy the ever curious, Media Guy presents his user friendly "Not So Frequently Asked Questions."
April 17, 2006
Jared Paul Stern -- the New York Post gossip writer who's been accused of extorting a billionaire -- is guilty. Guilty, that is, of doing a lame brand extension.
April 10, 2006
Deep within the bowels of CBS News, a special "Katie Couric G-Force Committee" convenes. Their mission? Rebuild a morning talk show host into a evening newscaster with gravitas, and minimal jewelry.
April 03, 2006
Oh, gosh, this is a bit awkward: Just as James Truman is ramping up at his new job -- as editorial czar of the boutique art-mag publisher behind Art&Auction and Modern Painters -- he has to endure one more nail in the coffin of his Conde Nast-era reputation: the death of Cargo, the insipid men's shopping magazine.
March 27, 2006
I swear to God, if I see one more sorrowful death-of-newspapers story I'm seriously going to hurt someone. Like a self-pitying newspaper person or, better yet, a hand-wringing newspaper executive.
March 20, 2006
If you had told me even just a few years ago that some day one of the breakout stars on VH1 would be a fluffy white kitty -- a nameless fluffy white kitty that, for the record, is known for ostentatiously pleasuring itself -- I probably wouldn't have believed you.
March 13, 2006
Welcome to Media Guy RAW!, aka Reader Appreciation Week. I should start by noting that I get an insane amount of e-mail (increasingly from around the globe) in response to this column. While I'm not always able to personally answer every e-mail, I do actually read every single last one.
March 06, 2006
If there's a Media Guy Manifesto, it goes something like this: We're not all just mindless consumers of the media that's shoved down our throats; we still get to make individual choices, even if technology makes it increasingly easy to aggregate and label (and be dismissive of) those choices.
February 27, 2006
Perhaps you've heard about how a certain someone who shot a certain hunting buddy of his in the face failed to discuss the accident or apologize for it promptly enough for the media's liking. Which is why I'm shocked and appalled that certain members of the media who have recently participated in their own horrific mishaps have yet to beg forgiveness.
February 20, 2006
Everybody in media is already conditioned to Fear Google, and now, increasingly, the general public is too. But what Media Guy fears is that it will continue to screw up in really obvious, boring, hackneyed ways -- the same ways that AOL and Microsoft screwed up ages ago.
February 13, 2006
Lately I've gotten e-mail from readers suggesting that I'm the Angriest Media Guy in the World, given my recent columns. But really, I'm not! Some things -- even some things in the media world -- make me happy. Honest!
February 06, 2006
Can I give a guest lecture to Columbia University students?Because in late January, Bonnie Fuller -- the editorial director of such journalistic pantheons as Star, Celebrity Living and Globe -- got to. She was invited to Columbia's Graduate School of JOURNALISM by the Columbia chapter of the Society of Professional JOURNALISTS. To speak about ... JOURNALISM.
January 30, 2006
As the Mary Berner era comes to a close, everybody at Condé Nast is wondering how trickle-down economics might or might not apply to employee perks.
January 23, 2006
I know this is going to be a shock to some of you, but it's already time again for Media Guy's Media Studies pop quiz. All books off your desk -- now!