A Christmas Carol / Tom Lehrer

From ‘An Evening (Wasted) with Tom Lehrer‘ Christmas time is here, by golly, Disapproval would be folly. Deck the halls with hunks of holly, Fill the cup and don’t say when.

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Propp’s world, fairy tales, gossip and soapies

A previous piece I wrote on “As the World Turns’ (ATWT) – one of the longest running soapies ever (The incredible Mr. Hughes, birth to middle-age) got me thinking about Propp.

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Everything you always wanted to know about Google…

You know the type: the office maven, life-of-the-team expert, the wizard with news about the latest happenings – both admired and envied, an irreplaceable source of information.  Michael Arrington and Erick Schonfeld co-drive the editorial function at TechCrunch, self described as a blog that is “obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies” new… Continue reading Everything you always wanted to know about Google…

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The incredible Mr. Hughes, birth to middle-age

Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976) deals with the immense (mostly negative) power behind the huge media networks (*). A decade later, Peter Weir’s The Truman Show (1998) tackles one of the networks’ most enduring offerings, the daily soap opera, or ‘soapie’. Written by Paddy Chayefsky and Andrew Niccol, respectively, the movies observe and comment on the stark realities… Continue reading The incredible Mr. Hughes, birth to middle-age

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Here’s to the next billion

The summary of “The Next Billion” the latest publication from Portio Research, got me thinking. The first cellphone arrived circa 1988. 16 odd-years later, in 2004, cellphones sales reached the astounding milestone of 1.5 billion people using cellphones. One quarter of earth’s population (source: United Nations Population Division) owned a cellphone. Only four years later… Continue reading Here’s to the next billion

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Will books and Libraries dodofy anytime soon?

The New Yorker is a powerfully engaging read. Before his untimely death in a car crash, the wonderfully versatile Rob Amato e-spoke to me about his plan (or was it still a dream?) of creating a local paper called The Johannesburger, what a mouth-watering prospect this would have been.

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