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TV Is Everywhere. Now What?

Though consumers' appetite for video content on any platform seems to be insatiable, for the most part, we continue to buy and sell media the same way we did 25 years ago. ...More

  • A Contrarian Take On Marissa Mayer's Future At Yahoo

    Hiring Marissa Mayer was a huge statement for Yahoo, but as a wise man told me privately, the company gets no points for simply anointing her. To use a sports analogy, it's akin to hiring a defensive-oriented coach at a franchise known historically for its offense (or vice versa). The move made headlines, but only results will matter. ...More

  • "Meet The Superhumans" Ideally Promotes Upcoming Paralympic Games

    Forget the hoops, gymnastics, swimming, chasing of steeples and Vegas bombast of the opening ceremonies - I'm tuning in to the Summer Olympics for the stories, man. I long to learn about the orphanage-reared handballer who triumphed over homelessness, poverty, addiction, obesity, anorexia, bullying, pollen allergies, bad hair, smoking, sassing one's elders and chronic tardiness; about the trampoliner who fell off the trampoline that one time and hurt his arm but somehow mustered the courage to get back on the trampoline; and about the equestrian dressager who had to overcome the emotional disrepair inflicted by a slightly distant father. I ...More

  • Were There Only 'Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television'?

    July 21 marked the 40th anniversary of George Carlin's arrest for performing "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" at Milwaukee's Summerfest. Carlin was charged with violating obscenity laws, but the case was dismissed that December, with a ruling that his language was indecent, but not obscene. In 1973, spurred by a radio broadcast of Carlin's material, a five-year battle of F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation ended with a Supreme Court ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene," and that the FCC could require that indecent broadcasts air during hours when children were not likely to be listening ...More