Posts Tagged ‘Glenn Beck’

Monday Medley

What we read while trying to find some NFL Draft coverage…

Monday Medley

What we read while snacking with Joey Chestnut…

Monday Medley

What we read while updating our “Favorite Movies” on Facebook…

Monday Medley

What we read while Martin Luther King, Jr. was rolling over in his grave….

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The Tea Party Question

A specter is haunting America—the specter of the Tea Party. If you’ve read a newspaper, opened a magazine, or watched the news in the last few months or so, then you’ve likely heard already about how the Tea Party is the next great popular force in American politics. The Tea Party helped Massachusetts elect a Republican senator to replace Ted Kennedy; the Tea Party has helped thwart President Obama’s plan for health care reform; the Tea Party helped fan the rage at Obama’s counterterrorism policy that ultimately blocked Eric Holder’s plans to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City. In short, the Tea Party has become the vessel for outrage and disillusionment with the government.

The fact that there is so much outrage and disillusionment, though, shouldn’t be surprising, given the current state of the economy and the look of the political landscape. Populism and indignity traditionally swell when the economy is bad and when people perceive broad change to be afoot. Well, America’s economic woes are no secret, and the current President is a black guy who got to office by promising sweeping change.

This formula has resulted in a situation in which seemingly every decision, action, or event garners some significant backlash or reaction. The populace is currently upset about virtually everything: a sagging economy, a cartoonishly ballooning deficit, two drawn-out wars, national security missteps, health care reform, the failure of health care reform, the bank bailouts, the auto bailouts, Bernie Madoff, and an apocalyptic amount of snow. Continue reading

Aught Lang Syne: What John S Is Looking Forward To….

In this final installment Aught Lang Syne’s conclusion, John S presents what he is looking forward to in the coming decade. In case you missed it, Josh posted what he is anticipating here, and Tim posted his here. We at NPI hope you’ve enjoyed our retrospective on the Aughts.

In the Teens, I’m looking forward to….

…A Suitable Name for a Decade: Were we happy with “the Aughts”? Of course not. But we stuck with it for the sake of consistency. And even if it won’t be accurate for 30% of the decade, at least all the 2019 decade retrospectives will refer it as “the Teens.”

…The Future of Television: I’ve already touched on this, but television is currently at a crossroads. If anything, things have become more dire for the old model. Network television is apparently on its way out, and free television may be a casualty. This, of course, may have disastrous consequences: With free TV gone, shows’ budgets may be severely restricted. As a result, shows will not be able to have big casts, shoot extensively on location, or attract the best talent. In other words, the Golden Age of TV will be over.

It’s probably inevitable that television will undergo some growing pains, but I think that ultimately the industry will get stronger. The evolution away from the old network model will actually be conducive to more innovative programming. Broad hits like CSI and American Idol may suffer, but shows like Mad Men—which is already on pay-cable and maintains a large cast, original sets, and great actors—ought to be able to survive. In fact, the cable model, which is what people say we are drifting towards now, already produces most of the best television. No matter what, though, it will be fascinating to watch a medium that is hitting its creative stride at the precise moment that it faces logistical upheaval.   Continue reading

Listening to the Radio

It’s been about six years since I listened to the radio with any kind of regularity. I mean, occasionally I would listen to a classic rock station when I was sick of my iPod, or whichever CDs I had in my car. And on long car trips I generally spend a sizable amount of time listening to sports talk radio or someone like Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Sean Hannity (don’t worry, I do it ironically).

But as for actually listening to regular old top 40 radio or some variant—well, it’s been awhile.

This kind of behavior is not uncommon or surprising: Anyone with an iPod or CD player and musical tastes that are even the least bit refined will probably be more satisfied by controlling his or her own musical input, as opposed to outsourcing it to a radio station.

Over the past few days, though, I have spent some time reacquainting myself with radio, and I must admit: It has some charm. In fact, I recently caught myself debating whether or not to make Z100 one of my pre-sets, if only so I would never again have to go fifteen minutes without hearing “Use Somebody” (it’s nice to see that, in the years it’s been since I stopped listening to Z100, they haven’t decided to stretch their playlist beyond nine songs). Continue reading