Posts from February 16, 2005
Open the gates
: Commenters are pissed at his tone; I was at first, too. He compares us to tabloid lense-snappers. From Cuban, that’s like Bozo the Clown critiquing opera. But the rest of the post is actually OK: It’s about the people watching the powerful anywhere, everywhere.
The enemies of First Amendment
: The House just passed the indecent indecency bill 389-38. As soo as I can, I will put up the names of the brave 38 lawmakers who voted for the First Amendment.
: The Center For Creative Voices in Media — an anti-media-concentration group — says:
Exploding TV: Fat Actress meets fat pipe
: Yahoo will air the first episode of Fat Actress before it airs on Showtime. Damned smart. Showtime will reach a larger audience. Time will tell what the best distribution mechanism is for such programming — or whether that choice is left us us instead of to the industry moguls.
Fighting for the First Amendment
: Even the conservative Heritage Foundation believes the indecency legislation rushing through Congress is indecent. James L. Gattuso just published a paper on the Heritage site trying — late in the day, unfortunately — to get Congress to stop this rush toward regulation and censorship. The good bits:
…However, the proposed solution, increased government restrictions on speech, is fundamentally misguided. Conservatives
: It’s a dark day for the First Amendment. The House is expected to pass its indecent indecency bill raising the fine for any of us — any of us — who violate the very unclear rules of the FCC to $500,000.
The chickens in Congress — birds of both parties — will pass it because they’re afraid of voting for smut but not afraid of voting against the Constitution. The chickens in the broadcast industry have done nothing to fight this (if they had any guts, they’d go silent for some period of time in protest, as Howard Stern suggests); the unions are squacking at last.
Meanwhile, the allegedly religious right is pushing for more: They want the Justice Department to go after cable.
Aid and comfort
: I should have added the words — “which an emailer believes was apparently inspired by…” Commenters are quite right to catch me on that. When I got email on this, I found the blog but no link to Al Jazeera and was, at first, qualifying the statement that this was on their site because I couldn’t find it (I keep forgetting to go to the .net vs. the .com). Once found, in its full context, I should have added that qualification. I thank the commenters for the editing.
The agony of the Upper West Side Eeyore
: Kurt Andersen writes a smart — and, for a New Yorker, quite brave — column arguing that liberal New Yorkers should face the possibility that the war in Iraq was good:
But now our heroic and tragic liberal-intellectual capaciousness is facing its sharpest test since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Back then, most of us were forced, against our wills, to give Ronald Reagan a large share of credit for winning the Cold War. Now the people of this Bush-hating city are being forced to grant the merest possibility that Bush, despite his annoying manner and his administration