Saturday, January 21, 2006

Random Saturday Links

The above Dilbert cartoon spent years stuck on my refrigerator. It's not there anymore, but fortunately I was still able to put my hands on it when these first couple of links reminded me of the last line of the cartoon: "It all came together when I realized I hate our customers."

I think maybe the entertainment industry is starting to feel that way (clearly, the record companies have been hating their customers for a while now), but it really surprised me when the Washington Post became hostile to their readers, to the point where their behavior is mockable. Take a deep breath, people. If going to work makes you become mean and unpleasant, perhaps it's time to do something else for a while...

In other news, MSNBC's Chris Matthews really stepped in it this week by comparing Michael Moore to Osama Bin Laden, and CNN hired a guy who has talked about hiring a hit man to kill Michael Moore and hates 9/11 families (via americablog). Apparently the cable news channels have launched themselves into a race to out-gutter FauxNews, but I wonder how they're going to manage to pick up more viewers than they drive away. Here's two free clues, CNN: 1) "the most trusted name is news" is relative, and it's starting to ring like "the most realistic action in pro wrestling" and 2) whatever you're paying Anderson Cooper, it's not enough. He's pretty much all you have left.

This week has basically put to rest any delusions Americans might have about their privacy. The Bush administration has indicated that they will stop at nothing when it comes to snooping into our private lives, and our cell phone records are somehow being made available to internet dealers who are selling the information, and over six months after finding out about it, the government is only just starting to care. Don't worry, though -- if you're not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to hide.

Well, shoot, I had some more stuff, but I've run out of time. I started working on this in the morning, took a break to go see Brokeback Mountain this afternoon (it was wonderful!), and now I've got to run off to a dinner thing, so I'll try to add more tomorrow. In the meantime, here's one more link that's just goofy.

No comments: