Why is media giving advice about talking politics at your Thanksgiving table?

firepitI’m amused at all the advice from media about what to talk about at your Thanksgiving table. Whose business is it when it comes to what you and your circle talk about? Why are media even giving us unsolicited advice?

Maybe some families can talk politics peacefully, but I’d say those are few and far between. There’s a smarter option, though, and it should be free of the landmines that some families trip over when it comes to what you believe. Continue reading “Why is media giving advice about talking politics at your Thanksgiving table?”

Newseum closing and Twitter outage: Media climate not subject to change

Tweet from @Newseum Oct 2, 2019
Image from @Newseum on Twitter Oct. 2, 2019

Breaking news brings word the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is closing at the end of this year. Concurrent with that news, Twitter experienced an outage that seemed to impact different areas of the world and some users freaked. The Twitterverse-down event happened late Tuesday night on US time. Despite the way they’re perceived, both these matters are signs that the media climate is not subject to change. Continue reading “Newseum closing and Twitter outage: Media climate not subject to change”

‘Times’ writers may be ‘progressive’, but not when it comes to their own property

The Los Angeles Times has a capital idea for increasing its own capital. Get rights to the works of writers employed by the paper, even if the works aren’t created as part of their reportage. The newspaper has been negotiating a new contract, and it appears writers aren’t happy. These workers may be progressive, but not when it comes to giving away their own property. Can you blame them? Continue reading “‘Times’ writers may be ‘progressive’, but not when it comes to their own property”

New social network aims for privacy, dismisses Facebook ad model

Recently Openbook announced a Kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling on a new social network that, if successful, could be an alternative to Facebook. Openbook is not aiming for the ad revenue model other social media and the dominant search engine on the Web comprise because of privacy concerns.  Continue reading “New social network aims for privacy, dismisses Facebook ad model”

Leisure News: Sony, iHeartRadio, and Starz churn profits and potential

The entertainment sector seems to reinvent itself frequently as technology comes up with new ways to deliver content. Right now, Sony is sitting pretty, and in the radio sector, iHeartRadio reportedly has another potential buyer. As Sony resurrects a record label and iHeart courts suitors, something rather remarkable happened when viewers set a record of sorts in a non-TV way with a popular Starz TV show. The market is in flux, and that could mean good news for some artists and fans.  Continue reading “Leisure News: Sony, iHeartRadio, and Starz churn profits and potential”