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Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
As more and more original cable programming dominates, it's time to ponder a new double standard in what we think makes for good TV.

Just over 20 years ago, I remember sitting in a class at Southern Illinois University, in a grad program then called “Telecommunications”, where the instructor discussed the eminent demise of the big three networks. Two decades on, of course, if the nets are dying it’s a surely a slow, slow death. 


Just as the big Hollywood studios (or most of them, anyway) have survived their long-predicted ends to each celebrate 75, 80 or more years in business, I don’t see ABC, CBS or NBC going out of business anytime soon. Nor should they.


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Monday, Feb 8, 2010

The Super Bowl was overshadowed again by its heavily hyped commercials, with advertisers paying about $2.6 million per ad this year in order to broadcast them to a large audience. While some ads are interesting, funny, weird, flashy or just stupid, they all serve as an example of what advertisers think will gather attention and money from consumers.



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Thursday, May 7, 2009
GM's new "Total Confidence" ad campaign doesn't inspire much confidence in this viewer.

Like most people in Corporate America, back in my suit-guy days I attended my share of ‘change management’ seminars (corpo-speak for a half-day’s brainwashing on how getting schtupped by the boss is good for you). Invariably the session leader would make a statement about how the railroad companies lost out to the private automobile in the early 1900s because they couldn’t think outside box: they thought they were in the train business and didn’t realize that they were in transportation business, the refrain typically went.


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