Category Archives: Media

Come On Now!

A couple of years ago, a local high school teacher broke in to the school safe to steal money from football ticket sales. Now the dude may not like sports, but come on! Anyway, it was well publicized and he was eventually convicted, given community service and lost his job. Case closed!

Last Thursday our local weekly published a headline story–written by a moronic part time reporter who took the opportunity to label said convicted-thief teacher a victim and we should have sympathy for the poor guy.

Please don’t get me started.

Rarely do I write letters to the editor, but this time I had to and it follows this link to the story.

You’ve lost your edge, Mr. O’Neill. Trash the town of Paradise; it’s school district and even make a generalization about the demographics. All to put a rosy spin on your friend’s actions. Talk about one-sided, biased journalism. I read through your article–sought out perspective, but found little.

Before you call me out to say I missed the point, I will add that I have a 24-year-old son who was just given a two-year vacation to San Quentin. Car theft. Oh yes, he is a Norteno also. I love my son very much and of my four kids, he is the one who has gone astray. I will not make excuses for him though. Like the rest of the world, we are all confronted with decisions each day and then given ample opportunity to consider the range of choices. Should one make a bad pick, it seems fitting to accept responsibility, take the consequences, learn from it and then move on, rather than seek out reasons, excuses and justification. Reminds me of said son’s reply so many years ago upon a stint in school detention. “My teacher hates me. She is mean to everyone and nobody like her.”

By the way, my son also is diagnosed with ADHD and Bi-Polar. Sad and frustrating, but still not good enough to justify a crime against another. So give me a break Jamie O’Neill! You have offended me with this one and I think perhaps you should take one cue from Mr. Hughes…. go back to community college. Learn what journalism is all about…

;This Week in Magazines. Why We Pay for a Stale Bagel, not Online News Content

Seems the real issue is, which format do we prefer to digest the media? Contrary to such biased opinions we read (online of course), there is a certain creature comfort in holding a dormant paper magazine. It allows a more private and intimate visit with the story, not to mention the gluttonous luxury of eating gooey snacks with no key-jam worries.

To compete with freebies though is an impossible situation. How do the print wizards build a model that is 100% advertiser supported? Or do the net folks charge a little cash to shore up the field?. I suspect both sides are working frantically and hope we, the audience are not left holding the bag…
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Michael Jackson Dies

What a classically tragic figure he was. Gifted with way too much talent and living in a world of complete dysfunction, those personal demons overshadowed his immense cultural impact to the entertainment world.Seems history may remember a cartoon character, rather than the man or the music.

That’s too bad.

Though Elvis had a similar demise, he’s finally reached icon status again, minus the few remaining sideshows.

I wonder, can Michael’s legend overcome those child molestation charges and mystery that surrounded his payoffs to the alleged victims?

I hope this sad and pitiful event will serve notice to those who feel they are above the law of the land or think celebrity will cure all ills. I loved the music, but damn it–he kinda blew a good thing.

I suppose its’ time for the blame game now–yes?
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Whistling Past the Economic Graveyard: The Audacity of Misplaced Hope

Sure, stocks are up, consumer confidence has improved and most of us get out of bed in the morning. Don’t confuse numbness with misplaced confidence though. If you happen to be living the life of an unemployed single mom or just had a home foreclosed, while shrugging your college educated shoulders on the way to that part-time job at Taco Bell–well, seems you still get it. The economy is still in the tank and we have a long ways to go–whether to reinvent the systems or fix what we have. Should the mainstream media throw in a few positive words and inspire hopeful action? Absolutely. They helped create this negative whirlpool and we need them to shed a little cheer, rather than micro-criticize each and every program or action. Its time to take a chill break, I think.

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TV: We’re Still Watching

Sorry, but I have to agree with the pundits on this one. Certainly you cannot judge the entire country’s viewing habits by a limited poll, just as you cannot take the word of an employee of Neilsen.

TV has long been the all consuming and undisputed staple of home entertainment. However, just as radio influenced our book reading and TV took a huge swipe at radio, the internet and related tech toys are making waves with the mix. Sure, we still surf radio stations while driving, read the paper on Sunday morning and maybe watch all the special events or favorite shows on television. On the other hand, the new kid in town provides an interactive world, where we may participate and perhaps become a part of the show. At the end of the day it’s all fluffy mind candy, but open your eyes Mr. and Ms. TV Land. It’s a new world out there. Instead of defending an increasingly stodgy position, embrace the new media and show some innovation. Oh, and none of us “typical people” like to be referred to as such. Last check, we all had unique fingerprints.

Just saying…
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