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Batman Falls Victim! The Joker Didn’t Do It – Morrison Did!

By on Mar 8, 2009 in Featured, Media | 0 comments

I am sick of Grant Morrison. My exposure to comics has lessened over the years. I’ve been living in Egypt, so unless I download the occasional scan or buy the trade paperbacks from Amazon, I don’t get to read as much as I used to. Still, when I travel, I spend ridiculous sums of money on buying comics and catching up. Lately, I ‘caught’ up again, after traveling and spending far too much at a particular comics shop in Austria. First of all, I was SHOCKED by the ridiculous amount of titles written by Grant Morrison. I just didn’t get it. It was as though DC had given Morrison a monopoly on it’s titles. Half of the books in the shop were written by Morrison. I just don’t get it. How many books does this guy write/month? Also – he’s just not very good. He’s WAY too busy trying to be ‘cool’ and ‘awesome’ and ‘controversial’ to even know what a good story is. I was lucky enough to run...

Foundations of A Broadcast-Based Financial Compensation Model for Digital Media

By on Jun 9, 2008 in Featured, Media, Music, Politics | 3 comments

As a listener – as audience – I am driven towards media that I like. I am infotropic, so to speak. Some data, some information, some inherent artistic or intellectual order manifests to me through songs, books, movies, and various other forms of media. Wanting this information is as basic to my spiritual/intellectual/cultural self as water is to my biological. In that sense, it feels like more than a want, it feels like a morally justifiable right. I want to pay for the stuff I like, in fact – proud to pay for it when it’s easy to, and when the compensation requested is within my budget. However, it seems that withholding the data, on condition of compensation is somehow contrary to the essence of information itself, to a moral imperative inherent in information – to the very fact that information seems to want to spread. It is self-reproducing. As a...

WorldMapper: Take A Look At The World…

By on Jan 31, 2007 in Graphics, Media, Politics | 0 comments

In case you haven’t run into it, WorldMapper is an absolutely wonderful resource. It is, to quote the blurb, “a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. 366 maps and PDF posters will be finished by February 2007.” – It’s a huge, and I mean huge eye opener. Wander around. Look. See. A good introductory article to the whole thing can be found here.

Get Carter…

By on Jan 21, 2007 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

I’m no big fan of Jimmy, and I’ve always had trouble with some of the formulations reached under his Camp David negotiations with the late Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat – who I’m also not a big fan of… “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” certainly didn’t get a second glance from me when I first heard of its release – after all – he is a former president and an old man with questionable political influence and, it seemed to me, a title featuring a word that has been etched into my head over years of viewing the Zionist offensive on Palestine and the Palestinians and thus comes as no surprise. For years, anybody who’s paid the slightest bit of attention knows about the Palestinian crops destroyed, the Palestinian exports left to rot, the Palestinian homes pulverized by bulldozers provided by Caterpillar, the Palestinian...

From Ali G. To Borat – It’s STILL Not Funny…

By on Nov 14, 2006 in Media, Politics | 13 comments

I first saw an Ali G. show years ago. I laughed. I didn’t laugh much, but I did laugh once, as I ‘got’ the joke, and then something spectacularly simple happened; I no longer found it funny. Sacha Baron Cohen was, and continues to be, a one trick pony; 1 ) lie to people, 2) subject them to a false premise conducted by somebody pretending to be even more stupid than he really is, and 3) watch them get initially frustrated by the sheer idiocy put on display, before 4) they finally grow annoyed as they realize that this is nothing but a cheap offensive waste of their time. That was Ali G then, and that, today, is Borat. Needless to say, since Sacha is such a one trick pony, he can never quite play the same place twice, such is notoriety. Thus, having pretty much beaten a dead horse to shreds across the ocean, he now comes to Amerika – where the audience has not yet...

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