Archive for November, 2009

What do you think? Oprah

November 30, 2009
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What do you think? Oprah

Last week Oprah Winfrey announced that when her current contract expires in September 2011, she will end her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, after 25 years. Now that you’ve had ample time to digest that news and recover from your t(of)urkey overdose, we want to know what you think about Oprah’s move and...
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Google’s Offensively Bad Image Search

November 24, 2009
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Google’s Offensively Bad Image Search

If you did a Google image search this morning on “Michelle Obama,” you would’ve seen a horribly racist caricature of the First Lady depicted as part monkey.
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Egregious Product Placement: The Invention of Lying

November 23, 2009
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Egregious Product Placement: The Invention of Lying

A new Antenna feature designed to pick out and pick on egregious product placement moments within TV & film. This week's pick: The Invention of Lying. Too bad I got thrown for a loop...
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What Are You Missing: November 15-21

November 23, 2009
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Ten things worth checking out online from the past week: First, three for Twilight (So much good analysis and/or parody! How could I resist?): 1. Lindsay H. Garrison’s post in anticipation of New Moon; 2. College Humor’s parody trailer, Twilight: Three Wolf Moon featuring the excellent Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation; and 3....
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Review: The View From The Afterparty

November 22, 2009
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Review: The View From The Afterparty

By Megan Biddinger and Christopher Cwynar R. Kelly has been in the news of late for his alleged indiscretions, his outlandish serialized ‘Hip Hopera’ Trapped in the Closet, and the baroque 'sexaphors' that drive his self-reflexive club jams. However, during Kelly's recent stop in Milwaukee, salaciousness took a backseat to earnestness and gratitude as he...
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Ad Rant: The Gap, “Go Ho Ho”

November 20, 2009
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Because nobody watches commercials anymore, Antenna keeps track of what you may have missed while pushing those three triangles rightward. The Gap has long had a knack for exploiting cultural detritus and ruining things you love. To wit: Hey confused Xers and bored boomers, looking for attire to impress everyone else at the community...
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Brace Yourself for New Moon and ‘Screaming Teens’

November 19, 2009
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Brace Yourself for New Moon and ‘Screaming Teens’

The second installment of the Twilight Saga, New Moon, premieres tonight. With it not only comes the appearances, interviews, and other promotional efforts of the stars, but also the images of Twilight fans. Variety's coverage of New Moon's Hollywood premiere was as much about teen girls as it was about the film, with a...
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Five Thoughts On: Peter’s Palestinian Alarm Clock

November 19, 2009
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I don’t know if I’m the only Jew who watched this episode of Family Guy while residing in the Palestinian Territories, but I’ve got a suspicion that if we all got together we’d have trouble making a minyan. In any case, it’s a good opportunity to offer up a new gimmick for Antenna: ...
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Ratings Pet Peeve #45: Pundit Wars and Politics

November 18, 2009
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Ratings Pet Peeve #45: Pundit Wars and Politics

Today’s pet peeve: how some pop critics and observers try to read cable news ratings as a sign of which political philosophy is in the ascendancy, or even of which outlet is trusted.
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Unfriended!

November 18, 2009
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Unfriended!

New Oxford American Dictionary, it's over. No more status updates, no more shared photos - you're unfriended.
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Keeping an eye on “Copyright Watch”

November 16, 2009
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The beta version of Copyright Watch was launched recently. The site gives users an overview of national copyright law in various countries across the globe. Each entry on Copyright Watch gives a brief overview of the geographic location and borders of the country, whether the country is a member of supranational organizations like the...
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Alert: We Want Spoiler Alerts…Or Do We?

November 16, 2009
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Alert: We Want Spoiler Alerts…Or Do We?

When is a spoiler not a spoiler? What responsibilities do those writing on media have to alert readers to the presence of potential plot-spoiling information in their work? What do you think?
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Ad Rant: Pizza Hut Tuscani Pizza

November 13, 2009
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Because nobody watches commercials anymore, Antenna keeps track of what you may have missed while pushing those three triangles rightward. This week’s ad:  Pizza Hut Tuscani Pasta It’s no secret we are, as Ali G so delicately put it, a nation of “fatty boom-booms”.   And anyone who’s flipped through that Michael Pollan book their...
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And You Thought We Didn’t Care

November 13, 2009
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Last week Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention not to run for reelection (big) if and when a vote is held. This isn't the forum to discuss the political significance of this move, but I thought I'd throw out some quick observations on the international media side of the story.
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