The Establishment Would Like to Finally Win Now

We’re in the Endgame now. If you’re someone who pays even a little attention to the world of media and media criticism, you’ve probably already read The Letter. Titled “A Letter On Justice and Debate” and published in Harper’s, the letter is signed by scores of well-known creatives and writers, and essentially argues the world … Continue reading The Establishment Would Like to Finally Win Now

If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast

With the passing of comedy legend Carl Reiner, it's a good time to share this clip from several years ago. You can learn more about writing - in any medium - from this than any 10 books devoted to the subject. Namely: What you write has to work. You can't throw something random out and … Continue reading If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast

Vertigo, MAD and the Power of Weird Brands

There needs to be a place for material outside the mainstream. [Note: I wrote the below back in August but obviously never published it. In the wake of the news that Dan DiDio has seemingly been pushed out of DC Comics and that DC Collectibles is reclaiming the DC Direct name it was founded under … Continue reading Vertigo, MAD and the Power of Weird Brands

Repeat It Enough and It Happens

As the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump enters the “defense” phase, a thought occurred to me about how the proceedings are playing to the American people. Right now the main issue seems to be whether or not enough Republicans, who have so far been steadfast in their quest to become the new Know Nothing … Continue reading Repeat It Enough and It Happens

We’re Only Immortal For a Limited Time

Neil Peart has passed. Many people have written about his incredible ability behind a drumset. Many have written about his lyrics that were both sci-fi tinged and undeniably personal and moving. I can’t add to that. So I will simply say the following: He made me feel being weird was acceptable. He made me feel … Continue reading We’re Only Immortal For a Limited Time

Did…Did People Forget How Podcasts Worked?

The term “Netflix for podcasts” or “YouTube for podcasts” has been thrown around in a number of recent articles about the future of the format. Specifically, a handful of companies are trying to position themselves as the leading portal for anyone interested in listening to podcasts and therefore bring in the lion’s share of advertising … Continue reading Did…Did People Forget How Podcasts Worked?

There’s a Massive Untapped Market for Subscription Video Games

The last couple years have brought several conversations around the potential of video game streaming services. Not Twitch-like streaming, which is about broadcasts and sharing game play but having subscription-based access to video games you yourself are playing. As Sara Fischer at Axios recently summarized, all the major tech companies are in some phase of … Continue reading There’s a Massive Untapped Market for Subscription Video Games

The Cubs Go Exclusive

It’s a rough time to be a fan of the Chicago Cubs, which is an odd sentence to write less than three years after the team famously won their first World Series title in over a century. Back in the 1980s, before lights were added to Wrigley Field, all Cubs home games were broadcast on … Continue reading The Cubs Go Exclusive

Video Lures More Media Companies

Publishing company Complex has become the latest media outlet to license original programming to a streaming service, in this case both Netflix and Hulu. The first will get six shows while the second gets 10. Complex’s situation is a bit different, as the article points out, than efforts by publishers like Vox Media and others … Continue reading Video Lures More Media Companies

Google Wants to Manage the Open Web

One of the key revelations in the last week or so has been that technology companies are not necessarily our friends when it comes to the best interests of society as a whole. As someone pointed out, the oligarchy of Google, Facebook and Apple have taken on the roles of gatekeeper for each other, occasionally … Continue reading Google Wants to Manage the Open Web