Archive for February, 2010

The Place Race

February 26, 2010
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The Place Race

Location is the frontier du jour. The explosion of geolocation apps and the eagerness of people to use them, has prompted services like Twitter to get into the game. People want to know where you are and maybe already do. Welcome to the place race
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Watching Twitter on TV

February 25, 2010
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Watching Twitter on TV

The most exciting development in television technology showcased at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show was not 3DTV, but web-connected, widget-equipped television sets.
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Lost Wednesdays: Good Times at the Caves

February 24, 2010
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Lost Wednesdays: Good Times at the Caves

Another week brings revelations that don't feel like revelations - when will we know what we know?
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Devo Now, More than Ever

February 23, 2010
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Devo Now, More than Ever

Devo's forthcoming studio, long play release is their first in twenty years and return as a working act comes in a new era where "de-evolution is real and Devo is normal".
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In Praise of Dwangela

February 22, 2010
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In Praise of Dwangela

Where Pam and Jim (a couple whose sweetness is wonderfully conveyed by the fused appellation “Jam”) are associated with mild and often toothless critiques of the corporate regime, pulling pranks and expressing symbolic (and frequently non-verbal) opposition to or incredulity about the absurdities of corporate life, Dwangela perform a more substantive critical function.
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Vancouver’s (finally) Ready for its Close-up, Mr. DeMille

February 21, 2010
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Vancouver’s (finally) Ready for its Close-up, Mr. DeMille

After years of starring in more films and television than any city other than Los Angeles or New York, with the Olympics, Vancouver finally gets to play itself on television.
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New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Video Game Nostalgia

February 20, 2010
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New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Video Game Nostalgia

Like much about video game culture, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is profoundly nostalgic.
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Dear John: On The Meta-Celebrity’s Misguided Attempt to be Clever

February 19, 2010
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Dear John: On The Meta-Celebrity’s Misguided Attempt to be Clever

In a sense, Mayer has become his own cultural intermediary. He is a meta-star text sustained in large part by his own mediatory endeavors. This has its benefits, but also poses problems for the many John Mayers jockeying for control over the text.
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Posted in Celebrity/Stardom, Music, Perspectives | 6 Comments »

Our Intractable Ideological Moment: Surnow, The History Channel, and the Kennedys

February 18, 2010
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Our Intractable Ideological Moment: Surnow, The History Channel, and the Kennedys

The latest ideological skirmish will be played out through a History Channel mini-series on the Kennedys by conservative producer Joel Surnow. The problem, though, runs much deeper than shoddy history. It is rooted in a fundamental epistemological divide between left and right over what constitutes truth and how we arrive at it.
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Lost Wednesday: Substitute Fanboy

February 17, 2010
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Lost Wednesday: Substitute Fanboy

Is Jacob the mystical SysOp of Lostpedia? Or is he just a teacher looking for a substitute?
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What Google’s Experimental Fiber Network Means for Broadband

February 16, 2010
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What Google’s Experimental Fiber Network Means for Broadband

Despite all the other Buzz around Google lately, its other announcement last week is the real big deal: Google's plan to build an experimental 1 Gbps, fiber-to-the-home broadband network will have a big impact on net neutrality and broadband stimulus policies.
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Network Branding, Convergence, and Hasbro/Discovery’s New Kids Channel

February 15, 2010
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Network Branding, Convergence, and Hasbro/Discovery’s New Kids Channel

What's in a name? Hasbro and Discovery begin branding efforts for their new joint venture cable network debuting later this year.
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Is it all Downhill from here for Winter Olympics?

February 13, 2010
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Is it all Downhill from here for Winter Olympics?

Olympic winter games are a rudiment of a bygone modern era of (television) culture. Whereas summer games have adopted to changing viewing habits, Winter Olympics have essentially remained fifteen ways of sliding.
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