aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Monday, March 21, 2005
The Economic Blues
Current economic slump got you down? Trapped in a red corner of a blue state, an island of blue in a red state, or turning purple with rage? Our local (well, right up the road) progressive newspaper offers a solution mentioned by American Blog Party :
You may have voted blue, but every day you unknowingly help dump millions of dollars into the conservative war chest. By purchasing products and services from companies that donate heavily to conservatives, we have been compromising our own interests as liberals and progressives. BuyBlue.org is a concerted effort to lift the veil of corporate patronage, so consumers can make informed buying decisions that coincide with their principles.
Women in the blogosphere
I’ve invited a few women who write for opinion magazines to guest blog on the subject this week. I’ll still be around blogging on other subjects, but the topic of female participation in opinion journalism will be taken over by The Nation’s Katha Pollitt, The American Prospect’s Garance Franke-Ruta, and The Washington Monthly’s own Amy Sullivan. Amy will kick things off later tonight, and all three of them will then be posting for the rest of the week.
I hope you’re enjoying my own guest blogger here, Jen, who happens to be a woman, as much as I am.
Seems we are weary of war images, NPR reports, and evidence for that is everywhere. In 2003 I protested the Iraq war in Portland (Oregon), surrounded by the outraged.
Last night Joe and I attended a local war vigil in which Christian community leaders offered prayers for the soldiers (living, wounded, dead) and for the U.S. leadership, and we were surrounded by the complicit.
Can TiVo buy the media?
TiVo sent an e-mail to journalists on Friday saying they could get a special $200 discount on the new TiVo-Humax Digital Video Recorder.
However, a TiVo spokesman told TVPredictions.com on Monday that the special price was not intended to influence the media’s coverage of the company.
My sense is the media loves them already, if not the business press and the occasional blogger (and even they love TiVO).
Via Thomas Hawk, who will be watching:
It will be interesting to see if/how the company responds to this one and it will be interesting to see if the blogosphere thinks that this is an important story or not.
I missed it
But it’s still on my TiVo. From Broadcasting & Cable:
Keen observers of a [Saturday Night Live] sketch about a celebrity roast of Clint Eastwood might have noticed something peculiar about how the show’s host, David Spade, was made up to look like Owen Wilson.
His nose looked like a penis. Not ‘kind of like a penis’; it looked like a urologically-correct appendage, right down to what we believe is called the dorsal vein.
UPDATE: I was wrong! It was the March 12 show, long since deleted. Oh well. There’s always the repeat.
Salon asks why is the media ignoring the polls?
The Schiavo episode highlights not only how far to the right the GOP-controlled Congress has lunged—a 2003 Fox News poll found just 2 percent of Americans think the government should decide this type of right-to-die issue—but also how paralyzed the mainstream press has become in pointing out the obvious: that the GOP leadership often operates well outside the mainstream of America. The press’s timidity is important because publicizing the poll results might extend the debate from one that focuses exclusively on a complicated moral and ethical dilemma to one that also examines just how far a radical and powerful group of religious conservatives are willing to go to push their political beliefs on the public.
Fiona Apple’s fans are downloading her music for free, then demanding that Sony release the album so they can pay for it. At least in the case of Fiona Apple, P2P isn’t hurting her CD sales. In fact, P2P appears to be Fiona’s only chance of actually getting her CD on store shelves at all.