Results: In the Hollywood Bowl region, Blues Traveler jumped out to an early lead. However, The Ramones maintained a steady pace and pulled away to win easily. The numbers: #5 The Ramones 46%: Blues Traveler 32%; Aerosmith 8%; Skinny Puppy 7%; Heart 6%. The Ramones advance to the Great 48.
Next we shift to the Fillmore bracket where #11 seed Sir Elton John takes on what may be the toughest lineup we’ve seen yet. Continue reading →
First, I need to define a term: fishing buddy. If you fish, you need a fishing buddy. Now, a fishing buddy isn’t necessarily a friend. He might mutate into a friend if he eats enough catfish or lives near a nuclear power plant, but he doesn’t have to. If you want a friend, buy a truck or open your own restaurant and wait for the phone calls. Friendship isn’t the point. A fishing buddy exists to make you a better fisherman. Continue reading →
The 20th Century represented a Golden Age of Institutional Journalism. The Yellow Journalism wars of the late 19th Century gave way to a more responsible mode of reporting built on ethical and professional codes that encouraged fairness and “objectivity.” (Granted, these concepts, like their bastard cousin “balance,” are not wholly unproblematic. Still, they represented a far better way of conducting journalism than we had seen before.) It’s probably not idealizing too much to assert that reporting in the Cronkite Era, for instance, was characterized by a commitment to rise above partisanship and manipulation. The journalist was expected to hold him/herself to a higher standard and to serve the public interest. These professionals – and I have met a few who are more than worthy of the title – believed they had a duty to search for the facts and to present them in a fashion that was as free of bias as possible.
In other words, their careers, like that of Claude Shannon, were devoted to maximizing the signal in the system – the system here being the “marketplace of ideas.” Continue reading →