Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Road trip without cars

OMG. Now you can go online and determine whether someone has a criminal record. It is public information and has been available all along, but never so easy. Check it out: CriminalSearches.com. Want to know more? Find out about political contributions is easy at Tray.com or OpenSecrets.org. If you want to confirm suspicions about me, remember it is Phenix without an “o.”

Best geezer bumper sticker of late: Cremation? Think outside the box.
Next best: At my age, flowers scare me.

Neil Bowers has compiled a unified list of the 100 best novels. This list was generated by merging 10 different ‘top 100_ lists from the UK, US, Australia and Canada, to see if the cream floated to the top. The lists are a mixture of public popularity and literary merit. Interestingly, only one book appeared on every list: it’s in first place. http://tinyurl.com/6cxozu

Adrian Monck, TV exec turned academic, thinks the decline of newspapers has nothing to do with journalism and everything to do with the changing world. Wingnuts would argue that institutional bias is to blame. That brings to mind the last line in King Kong: “twas beauty that killed the beast.”

Quick. Name the only state highway in America that's never had an automobile accident. If you've ever been to Mackinac Island, you know the answer. Cars aren't allowed on the eight-miles of roadway. Horses, hikers and bicycles, welcome.


The South Plainsman said...

Bower's list has to include popularity because there are some there I would not include as great literature. There are a lot of good titles, though.

There is nothing beautiful about what is killing the newspapers. Just take a look at the print media that are still profitable and compare to those that are not. The least profitable are the ones that lean a little far to the left.

Anonymous said...

Those of us who know you don't have to check you out.Your biggest fault is that you are a blinking Liberal.
The south plainsman is right. The least successful print media are the left leaning ones,but we can include radio talk shows too.It's no small wonder that the liberal dems want to change the rules of fair play. Of course with Bella Pilosee in charge of the gavel,there is no telling what might come from her feeble hair holder.--- Goose

Ross said...

Interesting theory, but where's the factual basis for it? Seems to have more to do with audience affluence and size than with editorial tilt, with big papers and little papers doing okay and middle-sized papers withering. NYT's doing fine, relatively speaking; Chicago Trib is wobbly. Wall Street Journal seems okay, but Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas are hurting. Washington Post is outperforming the Washington Times financially. National papers are doing better than regional papers, as are small local papers. The scary stuff in the business is what's happening to papers between about 150,000 and 600,000 circulation.

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