Category Archives: Media-ocrity

It’s official: “Angel” isn’t vampire-porn

The decency police, AKA the Parents Television Council, was denied (face!) by the FCC today when the council voted that a scene in the already-cancelled TV show “Angel” featuring star David Boreanaz’s hips moving “back and forth” in bed before … Continue reading

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The controversiality index

Is it better to receive more 5-star reviews at Amazon.com to increase book sales, or is it okay to receive 1-star reviews without hitting your bestseller? The answer, according to a Dartmouth professor of Russian lit, is yes. There’s a … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart: “We don’t suck. Shut up.”

Fighting back against criticism it calls “myths,” Wal-Mart took out full page ads in newspapers across the country to say that it pays its employees plenty, they get benefits, too, and a Wal-Mart store doesn’t mean the end of neighborhoods … Continue reading

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A Lesson for Randy Johnson

Adrift at sea for 15 days after the tsunami, ripping apart coconuts with his teeth and thinking the world just ended. The poor guy got picked up by an Australian ship and dropped off in Malaysia, and he didn’t mind … Continue reading

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4,000 of MJ’s peers

Jury selection for Michael Jackson’s child-molestation trial is set to begin on January 31st, and they’re summoning 4,000 prospective jurors to come and be cros-examined by the attorneys to see who will be the dirty dozen selected to judge Wacko … Continue reading

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Warning: You can no longer TiVo anything.

In order to prevent the loss of its trademark due to the misuses suffered by Xerox and Kleenex, TiVo is more heavily policing the use of the word “TiVo,” and just so you know, it is neither noun nor verb. … Continue reading

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Sony baloney

Irina Slutsky works at the rebirthed Red Herring, chasing down tech-related stories and reporting them back to you and me. When Jason Kottke was threatened by Sony with a lawsuit if he didn’t remove a small audio clip of Ken … Continue reading

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Rather not

Weird, surly, out-of-touch, possibly insane CBS anchorman Dan Rather is leaving his post in March of next year, but whether or not his departure has anything to do with Rathergate remains a mystery. Danny boy, who has been attacked by … Continue reading

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If it sounds too good to be true…

This idea sounded so good it was hard to believe it was true. Pew charitible trusts and the Gates Foundation (yes, Bill’s) are teaming up to devote one billion dollars a year to send every high school student in America … Continue reading

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Reward for uncovering corruption: jail time

The NYTimes’ Nicholas D. Kristof bemoans the increasingly hostile environment for the free press in our United States. Included in his list of journalists facing prison for not revealing sources: “Jim Taricani, a television reporter for the NBC station in … Continue reading

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