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The Decline and Fall of MTV

Feb 9, 2013 8:14 AM PT

In response to I'm Single Because of MTV:

At the expense of appearing a codger, I was excitedly camped out in front of the Philco TelePictoPhone for the debut of MTV, and let out a cheer when The Buggles heralded Video's slaying of the Radio Star. (We wore onions on our belts, as was the fashion in those days.) It seemed like watching a pop culture version of the Big Bang, and as a punk/new-wave devotee I was thrilled that this new revolutionary medium was actually giving significant air time to the likes of Talking Heads, rather than the obsolete Woodstock mellow mewlings of CSN&Y. It seemed for a time like a massive force for good; plus, I had the hots for Nina Blackwood and Martha Quinn.

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Cable TV mission creep

Feb 8, 2013 8:24 PM PT

In response to Friday Night Question:

Of the three you mentioned, Lisa, I'd probably have to tip my cap to MTV, which resembles its original format in only the most vestigial sense.  I remember growing up in the 80s and having MTV on pretty much non-stop, sometimes watching into the wee hours for one more glimpse of a favorite video.  I guess the Internet has pretty much wiped out the viability of a music video network, since you can watch any music video you want at any time.  Sadly, they don't seem quite as memorable as the wildly experimental mini-movies we were getting Back In the Day.

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Friday Night Question

Feb 8, 2013 8:01 PM PT

As I sit here on a Friday night watching one of the half a dozen shows about wedding dresses on The Learning Channel (TLC) I pose this question: Which channel has strayed the furthest from its original programming: TLC, Bravo or MTV?

Wikipedia tells me TLC was originally founded by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and NASA.  Now it shows Honey Boo Boo.  I'm not that familiar with TLC's programming aside from the wedding shows, Sisterwives, and Gypsies, but I think they still run A Baby Story, which I suppose could teach you something about the birthing process. 

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Diet Soda + Booze = Drunker

Feb 8, 2013 7:28 AM PT

A new study out of Northern Kentucky University reports that "alcohol, consumed with a diet mixer, results in higher (BrAC) Breath Alcohol Concentrations as compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed with a sugar-sweetened mixer."

A timely discovery in this Obama economy: you can get drunk for less money if you mix your drinks with a non-sugar mixer. 

The danger here is that, by choosing a diet mixer, you don't feel any more drunk than you would have with a normal drink, but - believe it or not - you actually are.

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The Left Covers Up Ex-LAPD Cop's Political Views

Feb 8, 2013 6:53 AM PT

In response to Ex-LAPD Cop's Rampage Brings Out Dark Side of Social Media:

Liberty Chick, do you expect anything less? I don't. In this clown's manifesto, he praises liberal politicos like Hillary Clinton, and pulls out the single biggest political tool that the liberals have to counter any and all debates, 'The Race Card.' But as a few blogs have already pointed out, the 'MSM' is not focused on the this man's political views. Why? Because all fingers would point to his leftist indoctrination, giving the progressive movement somewhat of a black eye.

Ex-LAPD Cop's Rampage Brings Out Dark Side of Social Media

Feb 7, 2013 9:10 PM PT

Social media can be an extremely powerful platform for positive causes.  But there are days when I grow increasingly cynical about the impacts of Facebook and Twitter, and I have admittedly been known to refer to them as a "sewage pit" on such days.

After reading the following post in reference to the murders of three people at the hands of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, and after perusing Twitter throughout the day, this has been one of those days.

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