Category Archives: television

Fuck You, 2021

Remembering Betty White (npr.org) I’ve mentioned before that for all my love of books and libraries when I was younger, a lot of what propelled my autodidact tendencies from an early age came from my fandom of early-1980’s game shows, and how I needed to learn things like basic math to help me understand why people got happy or sad on shows like The Price is Right. My appreciation of daytime television shows of this era can be seen in everything from the look of…

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Faded (Wall-) Flower

In all the chaos of the September 11 attacks — I got the first report of the planes flying into the Twin Towers while I was getting ready to go to the University of Toledo for my classes that morning, my first class actually met like usual before the campus closed for the day, I didn’t get the afternoon off work (but I was able to leave long enough to fill my gas tank before prices spiked), and I spent hours in a “how could…

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Pay Street

HBO Max locks down exclusive access to new Sesame Street episodes (The Verge) The first iPhone was released a little over twelve years ago. This means that students who entered college this year were about six years old when the iPhone came out, and although I certainly have memories of my life from before I turned six, I don’t have that many. If we aren’t yet at a point where new college students can’t remember a world without smartphones, we will be in the next…

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The Harm of Sloppy Storytelling

Dominatrix Community Condemns Netflix Show ‘Bonding’ As ‘Inauthentic’ and ‘Problematic’ (IndieWire via yahoo.com) I’m old enough that my first explorations of my sexuality online weren’t done on the Internet, but on local computer bulletin boards. I got regular Internet access when I first went off to college, and as wonderful of a resource as the Internet proved to be for that purpose, it also provided me with my first lessons about how “nothing ever really leaves the Internet,” long before anyone thought to coin that…

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Stop Amplifying the Loudest Voices

Russia or tax cuts: Are MSNBC’s corporate bosses causing a coverage dilemma? (salon.com) Social media, like so many Internet technologies that rose to prominence after the turn of the millennium, is both blessed and cursed by the fact that its capacity for human-generated content is basically limitless. If you throw out the people who use bots to post online at inhuman speed, it’s basically impossible for one person to shut down a social media service by making post after post. Most of us have at…

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