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 »

Trent Lott

Let him keep his job, even though his longstanding racist agenda is coming to light. He represents a significant constituency of the Republican party. Yes, Bush publically scolded Lott for what he said (that Strom Thurmond, a segregationist, should have been President). But the Republicans need a guy like Lott around, hinting to the more […]   read more »

How President Cheney can Shut Down the Press

Okay, so it’s getting pretty obvious that Pres. Cheney wants to recreate the Ford administration, and to bring back an era when the press and the public are regarded as the chief enemies of the White House. (Poindexter’s new appointment, Kissinger’s role as an ‘investigator’, increasing secrecy, and court rulings that Cheney need not reveal […]   read more »

NeuroMarketing

In my novel Exit Strategy, I imagined some pretty bizarre marketing methods involving hypnosis and brainwave tracking. A couple of critics here in the United States attacked such notions as paranoid and outlandish. Well, two years is a long time in the marketing universe. And the techniques are now real. http://cbc.ca/consumers/market/files/money/science_shopping/ “…In a hospital in […]   read more »