• What Does $18.8 Million a Year Buy in DC?

    by  • March 31, 2014 • 0 Comments

    The Philadelphia Inquirer has a terrific story this morning that offers some details into the Washington, DC lobbying machine that is the Comcast Corporation.  With the gigantic merger between Comcast and Time Warner cable now pending, it’s easy to understand why the company is this active in lobbying: it wants to ensure...

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    What’s Behind the Mask of TV Ratings?

    by  • March 27, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    The latest episode of Fox’s The Following, a sophomore drama about a charismatic serial killer with legions of followers who do his bidding, perfectly illustrates how deeply flawed the television rating system is.

    In it, a young woman is taken hostage by the psychopathic follower...

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    The Elephant in the Room

    by  • March 12, 2014 • 17 Comments

    Vissue_P4(6th in a Series about Media Violence)

    Whenever the public expresses concern about the excessive graphic violence on television, the TV industry’s argument is the same: it’s the parent’s job to keep violence and other dangerous content away from their kids. “Use the V-Chip! Look at the...

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    Television Deluges Viewers with Violence

    by  • March 4, 2014 • 16 Comments

    Vissue_P4(5th in a Series about Media Violence)

    Last week, we warned you about the return of NBC’s Hannibal – a prime-time TV series, airing on the publicly-owned airwaves at 10:00 p.m. ET (only 9:00 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones), in which a...

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    The Oscars Shine Brighter With Ellen

    by  • March 3, 2014 • 5 Comments

    The Academy Awards are in the books for another year, and there wasn’t much in the way of surprises among the award winners.  If you’ve been paying attention to all the other many awards shows thus far this year, you already know that a handful of films have claimed more or less all the...

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    Another Reason to Demand Cable Choice

    by  • February 27, 2014 • 1 Comment

    One of the media cartel’s favorite tricks is “bait-and-switch”: make pay-TV subscribers think they’re getting one thing, then give them something else. This week, the cable industry has provided yet another demonstration of its arrogant and overbearing behavior.cableTVprices

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    The Winning Formula

    by  • February 20, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    A fundamental tenet of business is first, find out what it is that people want or need; then set about to fill that demand. For years — decades, even — there has been data pointing to a massive, under-served market for family entertainment. The demand was unquestionably...

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