January 25, 2008 |
As the writer's strike goes on and on and on, we'll take a look at how viewers are coping with an unscripted world -- because a lack of decent entertainment affects us all. In Episode 1 of our series we look at the bereft fans of "24." D-Day (Debut Day!) was supposed to be Jan. 13. "Day 7," they called it in the online "24" world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Under new rules approved Thursday, the state hopes to help Californians determine whether political material they read online is a writer's own opinion or propaganda paid for by a campaign. Campaigns will now have to report when they pay people to post praise or criticism of candidates and ballot measures on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other websites. "The public is entitled to know who is paying for campaigns and campaign opinions," so voters can better evaluate what they see on blogs and elsewhere online, said Ann Ravel, who chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
November 10, 2004 |
"In the aftermath, the Democrats will form their ritual circular firing squad of recriminations." -- Former Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian, Nov. 4, 2004 * Bruce Springsteen blames Jon Bon Jovi. John Bon Jovi blames James Taylor. James Taylor blames Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam blames the Dixie Chicks. The Dixie Chicks blame Dave Matthews. Dave Matthews blames Michael Stipe. Michael Stipe blames Bono. Bono blames George Soros. George Soros blames MoveOn.Org. MoveOn.
November 30, 2005
HAS the rise of movie bloggers corrupted the Oscars "from a celebration of movies into a silly exercise in Ouija board-style predictions and lamebrained analysis"? Los Angeles Times staff writer Patrick Goldstein suggested as much in Tuesday's column "The Big Picture." The response from the blogosphere has been equally sharp and biting. Here are excerpts of responses from some bloggers. David Poland MovieCityNews.com You know, Patrick ... it's getting a little sad. For years ... your couple of columns during the season were chewed on and debated like they meant something.
May 30, 2012 |
“What's black and white and read all over?” That is the setup for what used to be the first joke learned by most every American kid. These days, delivering the punch line would leave the kids bewildered. They might just say, “What's a newspaper?” In our new media age, that is not a question with an obvious answer. Ask the people in New Orleans who just found out their venerable Times-Picayune will no longer be available in print every day. Based in a city and state with a perennially high level of corruption and dysfunction, the Times-Picayune has been a powerful and admired community watchdog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2010 |
Political ads sent by text message or placed on websites will have to include a message to voters disclosing who is behind them under new rules approved Friday by the state's campaign watchdog agency. The rule from the California Fair Political Practices Commission subjects online ads to the standards that apply to television, radio and print political advertising. "What we have here is a logical extension of existing rules for more traditional forms of political communications into the online universe," said Commission Chairman Dan Schnur.
January 24, 2011 |
Trenta is the new 31-ounce drink size from Starbucks. The drink may be an excellent form of product marketing but it's a terrible form of nutrition, say weight-loss experts. Dr. Jessica Bartfield of Loyola University Health System in Chicago is among the experts who say that the trenta encourages people to consume even larger portions of foods instead of scaling back. Large portion sizes is one of the reasons why so many Americans battle their weight, Bartfield said Monday in a news release.
November 19, 2010 |
Groans and grunts by heavy-lifters and others at the gym? Over the years, many gyms and fitness bloggers have weighed in on both sides of the workout not-so-white noise. Julie Deardorff in this Julie’s Health Club blog at the Chicago Tribune writes about a buff and otherwise courteous dude who was recently asked to keep it down: "You don't get to bench press 400 by just showing up to the gym and magical osmosis when you are there," he says in the post. "You put in the work and that's what I do. I'm inspiring guys at the gym to do the same.
May 14, 2011 |
It's been more than a quarter-century since futurist Stewart Brand said, "Information wants to be free. " In about half that time, the founders of Google have accumulated fabulous riches by putting free information a mouse click away. Six years on, Arianna Huffington has shown that free content, assembled by a couple hundred paid journalists and thousands of unpaid bloggers, can pay off in a big way — at least for her. In recent days, the second part of Brand's aphorism has also been proved.