Posts Tagged ‘Conan’

Monday Medley

What we read after Carlos Beltran’s “foul ball”…

Monday Medley

What we read while eating a variety of fried foods in Rick Parry’s tent…

Monday Medley

What we read while Dallas finally made up for killing Kennedy…
  • Why the “College degrees don’t mean much” stories are wrong — and always have been.

The Return of Conan


If you haven’t been paying attention to this blog for the last 11 months, then you may not have realized that I was looking forward to last night’s premiere of Conan on TBS. I haven’t even minded all the commercials and the endless promotion during the baseball playoffs.

The main reason for the excitement wasn’t just that a great comedian was returning to television, but that the return represented a chance to finally move on. Conan O’Brien has been active since he lost The Tonight Show to Jay Leno in January: He got a new job, he went on a live tour, he grew a beard, he appeared on 60 Minutes, and he even got on Twitter. What has been frustrating, though, is that the most common subject in his comedy during this interregnum has been Conan himself—namely his departure from NBC and his new job on TBS.

Back in January, when The Tonight Show essentially became about its own future, it was refreshing to see an unleashed Conan mercilessly go after his own bosses at NBC. Unlike Jay Leno, who played dumb during the whole process, Conan wasn’t afraid to be honest and hilariously vicious. Unlike Jimmy Kimmel, who had nothing to lose by being vicious, and David Letterman, who played the role of elder statesman throughout, Conan’s attacks were also endearingly honest and personal, since he was going through the ordeal himself and had something to lose by attacking his employer. Continue reading

Monday Medley

What we read on our 48-hour sabbatical from MSNBC…

Monday Medley

What we read while waiting for the first Chilean miner book…

  • A real-life version of Hans Moleman presents, “Man Getting Hit by Football.” Starring Brett Favre.

Don’t Throw Twitter Down the….

There is a lot of good scholarship out there on the history of invention and technology. What is not as well documented, however, is the history of peoples’ reactions to technology. If recent history is any indication, this is how certain technological developments were greeted:

The wheel? God, your generation just doesn’t know the art of carrying heavy loads across long terrains.

Why would anyone ever need a phone? What do you need to say to someone who isn’t there? Don’t you have more important things to do?

How big of an ego do you have to actually own a car? What do you need to do that can’t be accomplished on foot?

Twitter is the latest luddite lightning rod. People don’t really understand Twitter: What is it for? Why do you need to know what other people are doing CONSTANTLY? What can you say in 140 characters? Continue reading