April 26, 2007


Overheard at the EconSM conference here in Beverly Hills: BoingBoing is going to be launching BoingBoing video blogs, perhaps like DiggNation? Sounds like a great idea, and a natural evolution for BoingBoing.
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Can the Major News Media Ever Be Trusted Again?

I managed to catch the Bill Moyers Journal special on "Buying the War" last night on PBS. Powerful television. If you didn't see it, find the time to see it at the website (follow the link or click the image below).

The show tracks the history of how the U.S. media not only caved in to pressure from corporate powers that be, but also capitulated to the pressure to appear as patriotic as possible, regardless of the truth, in the wake of 9/11 and the buildup to the Iraq invasion.

What boggles me is how could any journalist with a decent BS detector believe the crap coming out of the Administration all those years, and then really genuinely be surprised to find out that there were no WMDs and that the whole case for war was a big shining LIE? It was obvious to me from day one. How could anyone ever believe a word uttered by Bush, or Cheney, or any of the other crooks who overthrew our government back in 2000?

Probably the most disturbing thing about the Bill Moyers show is what it makes you think about once the show is over: will we ever see an honest, objective, and independent news media again in this country? Or have we passed into a new age? It was supposed to be the Information Age. I think it's the Misinformation Age. The business model: profit through perpetual fearmongering.

Where have you gone, David Halberstam? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

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April 23, 2007

David Halberstam, RIP

One of my favorite authors. I'd hoped one day to hear him at a lecture or book signing.
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April 07, 2007

Helvetica, the movie

I wish there were a cool documentary about my favorite font, GILL SANS, but this'll do... now, if only I could see a screening in San Diego!

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April 02, 2007

The other KOS

I'd love to see this film. Don't be put off by the title. The film, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is supposedly one of the most important movies ever made, and is listed as one of the most essential 100 films by film critics. Read the Slate article.

I've never seen it and would love to see a San Diego film screening. So if you're in San Diego and appreciate good indie films, demand it too!

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