Media Notes: Kindle! Newspapers = Saved!

Newspapers: The future is black and white, costs $500

Newspapers: The future is black and white, costs $500

The latest media notes from around the InterWebs:

Saved! – The Kindle DX is finally here, and it will save newspapers! Except that it won’t. And here’s why. Also: there’s no real reason for news readers to buy one. Oh, and it still needs work — and advertisers were left out. Well, nice try!

Idol Minds – Tab Townsell is a happy man this morning. The ‘American Idol’ circus is on its way to Conway. Oh — The Cabin’s Kris Allen Fan Page!!!

Tweet – Now hear this: Twitter IS NOT for sale.

Buy This – The Daily Beast, which barely sells ads or makes any real money whatsoever, is understandably fascinated by Rupert Murdoch’s secret plans to make people buy news content online.

I Have Seen the Future – Emily Bell, digital content editor for Guardian News & Media, on the future of journalism. Key points: People won’t pay for online content, and advertising won’t go away.

Block and TackleWhy won’t news organizations griping about Google simply block the search giant from indexing its pages? I think we all know the answer to that question.

Saved! Part II – The Boston Globe, cutting off its nose to save its face.

Fight the PowerBaltimore Sun reporters withhold bylines in protest. Readers probably didn’t notice.

The GamblerMort Zuckerman has a plan to save newspapers. Maybe Arkansas’ inky wretches should set up a meeting with Bill Halter.

Death by CommitteeA Senate subcommittee, chaired by John Kerry, contemplates the future of newspapers. This is exactly as awful as it sounds.

Agreed! – We agree with John Brummett! ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Sopranos’ are the two best shows in TV history! But what about ‘Deadwood,’ John? Eh?

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4 Responses

  1. I feel like The Wire and The Sopranos have a head start on quality simply because of the subject matter. Criminals = easy drama to build on. I feel like Lost and Firefly do a lot more with a lot less. They have to invent an entire universe of their own and then put drama and humor and unique characters and complexity into it. But few people take them seriously because of the science fiction overtones.

    • Colter, don’t tell me you’re a Lostie!

      I somewhat (but mostly dis)agree. Yes, crime is easy to build on. But the meat of The Wire and The Sopranos – the stuff that makes both stand head shoulders above everything else before and since – wasn’t the crime stuff.

      For The Sopranos, it was how deeply the writers delved into the characters and the psychology behind their actions, as well as how the series used the best of what TV could do to subvert, even condemn, television itself.

      For The Wire, it was how the show realistically depicted the intricacies of an American city and its myriad systems to show us the limitations of those systems and the people working within them. It also stands as the most densely, tightly plotted show on TV that manages to make narrative sense.

      I can’t comment on Firefly, having never seen it. Lost’s popularity baffles me. For it’s supposed groundbreaking qualities, it’s still a slave to the worn out conventions of TV, including archetypal characters who are mysterious because the plot tells us they’re supposed to be, a meandering story that’s made up as it goes along to fill a season’s quota of episodes, and strings together endless “big moments” of sound, fury and profundity that ultimately signifies nothing.

      Big ups for being different though. And the show’s not terrible. And there’s a lot to be said for creating detailed fictional worlds.

      I don’t know. I could write about this crap all day. And that’s scary.

  2. Yeah, that’s the Onion AV Club’s job – to write about this crap all day. I’m equally impressed and disturbed at the vast quantity of their output on TV shows alone.

    I just have to wonder if the depth and complexity of The Sopranos and The Wire would be possible in any other setting. Granted my exposure to both shows has been limited. I’ve never been interested in crime. I only recently paid attention to the Godfather movies, which I discovered are actually movies about family and America, but the criminality is still the driver of the drama.

    Lost is better than most people realize because you really do have to experience the whole thing. Every character has a development arc and I don’t think any of the characters are canned, although they may seem that way at the beginning.

    Everyone should check out Firefly, though. The characters are great, the dialogue is unique and clever, good stories, and it merges frontier Westerns with outer space.

    • Points taken. My plan is to wait until Lost concludes its run and give it another shot. I’d watched the full first season, and some of the second, but missed most of what came after. I think my best bet is to start over with it later.

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