Skepticism on point: Quibi belly up for major political actor in US, China

Sometimes my skepticism proves on point. In January I expressed doubts about success for political titan Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi streaming venture.  My doubt was influenced by the fact Meg Whitman would help “lead” the startup. Now Quibi is belly up but one thing is for sure. Continue reading “Skepticism on point: Quibi belly up for major political actor in US, China”

Mystery of Hexagatha’s curse remains unsolved

It’s been a year since I unwrapped the witch my daughter and I named Hexagatha. I retrieved my fall decorations from storage this week as October drew near. I’m thinking Hexagatha will sit this Halloween out because a mystery surrounding her remains unsolved. Continue reading “Mystery of Hexagatha’s curse remains unsolved”

Purgatory phase as Coronavirus dominates news and art

You can’t get away from it. In the grocery, almost everyone is masked. Turn the radio on in the car when you’re running errands, and the news briefs are “Coronavirus-centric” every time. Music is not spared either. In an email blast today a major performing rights organization sent out a link to numerous songs dubbed “protest” songs, and a quick glance at the org’s news page reveals social justice in abundance alongside tales of, as we call it in our family, “Da ‘Rona.”

Welcome to 2020, a year many of us cannot wait to leave behind, despite as my grandmother frequently warned me, we are “wishing our life away.” Continue reading “Purgatory phase as Coronavirus dominates news and art”

Why do national dinosaur media handle the CPC with kid gloves?

Will indie media be our saving grace?

We were talking about many news outlets’ fondness for the CPC, the way they handle it with kid gloves,  when my friend asked me what news I “watch”.

My answer was easy.

“Little to none.” Continue reading “Why do national dinosaur media handle the CPC with kid gloves?”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”