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!
January 16, 2006
It occurred to Media Guy that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a blogger.
January 09, 2006
Already I know what my biggest pet peeve of 2006 is going to be: media-about-media coverage that automatically celebrates, as a good and interesting development, the launch of yet more subscription and pay-per-use portable media options -- like last week's announcement from Starz about its new Vongo service.
December 19, 2005
Oh what a year it was -- especially for media companies caught in the tumult of change. Let's look back at some of the more painful moments, shall we?
December 12, 2005
How do you give TV viewers "choice"? Simple: If you're FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, you do it by reducing their options.
December 05, 2005
As 2005 draws to a close, I thought it high time that we reflect on the excesses not only of the season, but of pop culture and mass media in general. And in the spirit of the ever-more self-flagellating, doubt-plagued, soul-searching media world, I decided that some new guidelines were in order.
November 28, 2005
No matter how much graciousness Wenner Media general manager Kent Brownridge mustered upon resigning -- he repeatedly described his recently announced departure from the parent company of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men's Journal as amicable -- the conspiracy theories inevitably flourished.
November 21, 2005
Welcome to the bright and shiny future of bewildering, totally inconsistent, piecemeal digital-content delivery! To help you sort through the myriad options, I've assembled this Frequently Asked Questions guide.
November 14, 2005
OK, Martha, can you shut up already? Because you're in serious danger of succumbing to the Rosie Delusion. R.D. -- which basically entails obscenely rich people insisting that we commoners sit still while they yammer on about their suffering -- had its most perfect expression with the now-legendary cover of Rosie magazine in which a weary-looking Rosie O'Donnell, who had just endured a staph infection, held up her bandaged middle finger.
October 31, 2005
Somehow it’s been more than three months since our last Media Studies pop quiz. All books and papers off your deskâ€"now!
October 24, 2005
Can a movie guy who isn’t particularly fond of TV help give a cable network a makeover?
October 19, 2005
Elsewhere in this week’s issue of Advertising Age you’ll find the annual “A-list” of magazines, which is all very well and good—but just a bit too exclusive for Media Guy’s tastes. Away with the velvet rope! Presenting my slightly more inclusive list.
October 10, 2005
Letters, as the “Late Show With David Letterman” would say, we get letters—we get stacks and stacks of letters (letters!) Well, actually, next to no letters, but stacks and stacks of e-mail (e-mail!).
October 03, 2005
The recent federal subpoena of Time Inc. in regard to its circulation practices reminds me of a song title by the Bloomington, Ind., band Murder By Death: “Until Morale Improves the Beatings Will Continue.”
September 26, 2005
Without further ado, Part 2 of the Media Guy's fall media roundup.
September 19, 2005
Like Steve Martin’s Jerk (“The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!”), I get way too excited about the release of new media products. Here are some thoughts on fall’s media launches.
September 12, 2005
The last couple of weeks we’ve been learning some truly awful, unbearable lessons. But one of the lessons has been perversely prosaic: PR only goes so far.
September 05, 2005
At American Media, home of Star and The National Enquirer, the numbers have been so stinky (operating income fell 38.7% in the first quarter) that last week Standard & Poor's downgraded its $1 billion of long-term debt to "negative."
August 29, 2005
For me, September issues of magazines have always been the glossy equivalent of the Super Bowl -- because all eyes are on advertising, print ads are at their peak and all sorts of fall campaigns are launching in the newly hefty monthlies
August 22, 2005
As a couple of landmark moments quietly passed last week -- not only did The Huffington Post celebrate its First 100 Days of existence, but it started selling ads -- it struck me that a lot of the early criticism of the heavily hyped blog was totally on target, and still is.