13 Nov 2014

Late Night: The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show, An Activist Analysis

Aaron Sorkin writes more fantasy than George R.R. Martin. The Newsroom is Sorkin’s latest. I watch SF and fantasy for entertainment first and if I get some insights into human nature and into a different world that’s a bonus. The season three opener of The Newsroom was useful in both these ways and also gave me some ideas for media activism.

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12 Nov 2014

The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis

Aaron Sorkin writes more fantasy than George R.R. Martin. The Newsroom is Sorkin’s latest. I watch SF and fantasy for entertainment first and if I get some insights into human nature and into a different world that’s a bonus. The season three opener of The Newsroom was useful in both

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08 Nov 2014

FDL Book Salon Welcomes George Lakoff, The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

The subtitle of the book is “Know your Values and Frame the Debate.” The sub-subtitle is, “The essential progressive guide for the issues that define our future: climate, inequality, immigration, healthcare. and more.”

Just reading the cover overwhelmed me. I stopped thinking about that Elephant and moved to, “Those conservative Republican bastards are making the world worse! How could people vote for them! Why did those jerks in the democratic party blow the mid-terms! Who do I punish?”

And then, “Why is my life not getting better? Who do I blame? What can I do? Why can’t I do it? Why am I wasting my time on climate or inequality issues when I have no power to change them since the big money and the conservative media will drown out my voice anyway?” and then finally, “Do I have any Dove dark chocolate left in my bag? I’m getting depressed just thinking about this stuff.”

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08 Nov 2014

FDL Book Salon Welcomes George Lakoff, The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

The subtitle of the book is “Know your Values and Frame the Debate.” The sub-subtitle is, “The essential progressive guide for the issues that define our future: climate, inequality, immigration, healthcare. and more.”

Just reading the cover overwhelmed me. I stopped thinking about that Elephant and moved to, “Those conservative Republican bastards are making the world worse! How could people vote for them! Why did those jerks in the democratic party blow the mid-terms! Who do I punish?”

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31 Oct 2014

Big Media Companies, “What Are They Afraid Of?”

For Halloween I’m reminded of a book reading I attended in San Francisco where I asked Matt Taibbi what companies like Goldman Sachs were afraid of. His answer was, “Not journalists!” then he laughed. Next he said, “They are worried about a few left over SEC regulations that they haven’t bought off yet.”

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31 Oct 2014

Big Media Companies, “What are they afraid of?”

For Halloween I’m reminded of a book reading I attended in San Francisco where I asked Matt Taibbi what companies like Goldman Sachs were afraid of. His answer was, “Not journalists!” then he laughed. Next he said, “They are worried about a few left over SEC regulations that they haven’t bought off yet.”

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15 Oct 2014

Homeland Discussion: Shalwar Kameez. Who Decided “All’s Fair In Love And War?”

This is a post about Homeland, season 4 episode 3 titled “Shalwar Kameez” This is chock full of spoilers, but it’s not a recap or review, more of a starting point to talk about issues that strike me. You don’t have to watch the episode to join in and comment on the issues, but I’ll be using shorthand for characters and to describe scenes in the show.

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14 Oct 2014

Homeland Discussion: Shalwar Kameez. Who Decided “All’s Fair In Love And War?”

This is a post about Homeland, season 4 episode 3 titled “Shalwar Kameez” This is chock full of spoilers, but it’s not a recap or review, more of a starting point to talk about issues that strike me. You don’t have to watch the episode to join in and comment

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07 Oct 2014

Late Night: Homeland Discussion: Drone Queen “..find me a way to spin this!”

This is a post about Homeland, season 4 episode one, part one titled ”Drone Queen.” This is chock full of spoilers, but it’s not a recap or review, more of a starting point to talk about issues that strike me. If you haven’t watched the episode and intend to, scroll on by.

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07 Oct 2014

Homeland Discussion: Drone Queen “..find me a way to spin this!”

This is a post about Homeland, season 4 episode one, part one titled  “Drone Queen.”  This is chock full of spoilers, but it’s not a recap or review, more of a starting point to talk about issues that strike me. If you haven’t watched the episode and intend to, scroll on

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