After Democracy

Okay, this will be my last “political” post for a while. (I can hear your applause.) In the near future, I’ll be sticking closer to my own areas of expertise, and posting links to news and analysis by others that I think deserves attention. You’ll still see some current events here, but mostly in the […]   read more »

Walking on the Moon

Those of us who were kids in the 1970’s watched Apollo launches and moon walks from the black and white TV in our classrooms. The astronauts even drove around in a little go-cart and collected rocks that they brought back for local museums throughout America. Most of us believed – and were even told by […]   read more »

Dissent in a Plutocracy

plu·toc·ra·cy NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. plu·toc·ra·cies 1. Government by the wealthy. 2. A wealthy class that controls a government. 3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule. ETYMOLOGY: Greek ploutokrati: ploutos, wealth; see pleu- in Appendix I + -krati, -cracy. I believe that American citizens – however much we may in our hearts […]   read more »

Distraction from What?

So I had the great and unexpected pleasure of sitting down with Al Gore for a couple of hours this week, to talk mostly about some distributed media ideas. He was a much brighter, open-minded, and – if I might add – cosmic thinker than I gave him credit for, before. I felt like he […]   read more »

Pop Goes the Weasel

Now that Steve Case has finally stepped down as the figurehead of AOL-TimeWarner, the media empire is free to spin-off it’s Internet services division and become a good ol’ content provider, again. That is, if they can remember how. Case’s departure marks the real end of the Internet-as-business era, the ultimate admission that kudzu-like though […]   read more »

MP3’s are Bad for You

So, on the lighter side, I’m thinking about doing an NPR commentary on the decline in fidelity of digital music formats. Coming from the old world of lps (vinyl disks on which we used to store music as little bumps analogous to the sounds that made them), I’ve always had a bias against digital sampling […]   read more »

Why Not to Clone Humans

First off, we can’t even clone animals, yet. The sheep and calves we’ve tried to clone all die or suffer organ failure. It’s just not ready for primetime – and cruelty to animals aside, it’s not fair to clone a kid into a world of medical hell. Second, and more importantly, cloning circuses like the […]   read more »

Peace on Earth Good Will to All

This is a tricky holiday season. Although I never felt much cause to celebrate the official (if fabricated) date of the birth of Jesus, the reflective quality of the solstice season has always been a good opportunity to engage people in thinking and conversing about quaint ideas like peace on earth and the possibility of […]   read more »

CBS Script

A bunch of you have asked, so here’s a copy of something close to the script that was used for the narration for the CBS Sunday Morning piece I did that ran last week. As you can see, TV makes for a more skeletal analysis. But the pictures do help. ———————– Will this year’s buying […]   read more »

CBS Sunday Morning

My first “CBS Sunday Morning” commentary airs Sunday, December 15, at 9am in most US time zones. I wrote and narrated, but I haven’t seen the edited piece.   read more »