....LMB: "Shout-Outs 2002"....

December 31, 2002

I guess I have three potential milestones at which I could reflect and commemorate: the year’s end, having a nice round number of blog entries (#500 is fast approaching), or the anniversary of the LMB weblog. Fuck it, I’ll just give some year-end thanks now and worry about the right and proper at some later date, when I’ve exhausted all other possible worry topics.

I'd like to thank y'all for reading. I would probably be writing obsessively on this website whether or not it was frequently visited, but the constant site traffic buoys my spirit with the knowledge that I must be doing something right. Or that if I'm doing something wrong, I'm doing it in a popular way.

More to come in 2003, of course. Hell, probably more coming in an hour or so.

Shout-Outs to:

This is getting too long. Better wrap it up.
The Fuck You’s go out to:

And finally, Double Fuck You’s to a select few:

Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

Now go hug somebody; they'll like it, I swear.

Posted by Jake at 04:14 PM


Posted by: jim at January 2, 2003 05:18 AM

Yes, I would like to say a "fuck you" to the Clear Channel of Dayton, OH for personal reasons. And also the entertainment industry for churning out useless drivel on television and the movie theaters. And the recording industry for eroding the rights of the artists (the good ones) and the public.

You forgot those political pundits, especially the post-feminist cheerleaders and all those old white men in suits and former generals that drone on about the virtues of U.S. foreign policy.

It's interesting you mentioned THE SIMPSONS - great satire even though it's from the Murdoch-owned FOX, the most unlikely of sources. Here's a priceless gem:

"Mr. Blackheart, are you an ivory dealer?"
"Oh little girl, I had many jobs in my day - whale hunter, seal clubber, president of the FOX network..."

Also, my farewell to the late Joe Strummer and cynical filmmaker Billy Wilder.

Posted by: Eric at January 2, 2003 11:38 AM

Oh yes...

And a na na, hey hey, good-bye to Trent Lott and a "See you in hell" to Annenberg and CIA Helms.

Posted by: Eric at January 2, 2003 11:44 AM

I'm a Louella also--so refreshing to read that someone with the same name has opinons on subjects other then child-rearing and housekeeping.I say this because the name is uncommon and most who have it are older then myself(49).I really do agree with quite a bit of what you have commented on.Keep up the Blog!!!!

Posted by: Louella Garza at August 31, 2003 06:36 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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