"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Monday, October 12, 2009

Links of the Day

Toy Story 3 Trailer - Click the link for the new trailer of the new movie that indicates the story is what happens to the toys when the boy becomes a man.

PSP Go Release Becoming Nightmare? - New article is Ars Technica suggests that the release of the PSP Go has caused a major headache for Sony and video game owners. The cause isn't the hardware itself but really comes down to the many choices Sony made in their quest to maximize profits. It starts with the premium price for the hardware, continues with their surcharge for games on their store, their requirement for ESRP rating (that costs $2500 per game, regardless of how "mini" it is), their use of a new Sony only standard that requires a re-purchase of all your favorite peripheral and ends with no UMD trade program so in essence Sony wants you to all re purchase all your favorite games to boot. The goal of the system is clearly not to make it fun and easy to play video games anywhere but instead just another way to hit your wallet before the inevitable upgrade that will probably come out next year with the goal of getting you to buy everything all again.

New Michael Jackson Single - A new single from the now dead King of Pop called "This Is It" was released Monday with back-ups by his brother (so guess informal Jackson 5 reunion?). The goal is to seem like homage but really it’s a way to siphon money into his family member’s pockets and drive ticket sales for the upcoming movie. On the bright side, while the song is nothing special, it does indicate that Jackson was moving away from his constant hiccupping through songs tendencies.

White House's Anita Dunn on Faux News - Below is an interesting video of an interview between Dunn and CNN's Howard Kurtz who seemed at a loss on how to handle blunt honesty since it’s not really something that comes up very often on his program. She basically calls out Fox News for being “a part of the Republican Party. Take their talking points, put them on the air. Take their opposition research, put them on the air, and that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network they way CNN is." The Fox response (but not denial) that "the average news consumer can certainly distinguish between the A-section of the newspaper and the editorial page which is what our programming represents." They can because newspapers make the distinguishing with big letters and are very clear about it. Fox News doesn't make the distinction clear as it’s really difficult to find even an hour that isn't peppered heavily with "editorial" content. Also, people are not the bright. You listen to Fox News and the "facts" they cite, they don't come from the "A-section" of Fox, they come from the "editorial" section. You don't see that happen anywhere except with Fox News viewers and that’s because for Fox the "A-section" and the "Editorial section" are one and the same.

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