Mass Media’s Reach

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China Games ‘a broadcast record’

The Chinese Olympic games are now history, and the viewership of these games was stellar because there were so many Chinese watching the games and because the games were so magnificent. Whether the human and environmental costs of the games were greater than the $40 billion (hey, this guy uses the same template as I do) that the government is said to have spent on the games will not detract from the magnificence of the spectacle. These games were truly something to behold.

What is disturbing, however, is the remarkable reach that modern media have. As the above BBC article states, it is estimated that 800 million Chinese people watched the opening ceremonies, and that estimate may possibly place the number of global viewers at nearly 2 billion. One wonders how quickly a lie could propagate given such an immense audience. The digitally enhanced fireworks and the lip-syncing child were exposed, but what tricks were not?

Without a doubt, this is the sort of propaganda platform after which Hitler was lusting when he hosted the 1936 Olympic games. Although the Chinese regime cannot be compared with the Nazi regime, certainly it cannot be said that the zeal with which the Chinese regime pursued and conducted the Olympic games was born of pure benevolence. Most unfortunately, the remarkable success of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the phenomenal reach that its coverage enjoyed serve as reminders that the world is more vulnerable to propaganda than ever before.

Will some combination of responsibility in media management and regulatory regimes stop the ongoing decline of mass media into abject irrelevance and pure propaganda? We cannot hope so. People should take action.


Major League Baseball Smell


Spotted at the 99 Cent Store on Main Street in Ventura.
Spotted at the 99 Cent Store on Main Street in Ventura.

On a lazy Sunday about a month ago, I spotted these Major League Baseball shower gels at the 99 Cent Store on Main Street in Ventura, and I captured the event with my trusty iPhone

Why is this a big deal? Well, we finally know how much that Major League Baseball smell is worth. $0.99.

I wonder how much MLB was originally charging for “Homerun Apple Body Wash”. That product description says volumes about the marketing prowess-or lack thereof-of of MLB. I don’t think the NBA or the NFL have yet gaffed this conspicuously.

One wonders if there is someone out there who believes that he is going to “hit a homerun” on the first date with this apple body wash.

What the hell was I doing at the 99 Cents Only Store? Definitely not shopping for soap. I bought some pens.


American Prestige


Americas new global status.
America's new global status.

Tom Toles’ genius is scarcely doubted by anyone anymore. One only wishes that  his cartoons did not constitute such eerily accurate portraiture of the United States and its  political system.  In that vein, it is hard to refute the fact that in the aftermath of the Cold War, Russia has just scored a significant victory.


Sign of Intelligent Life

Sighted at the Ventura County Fair was this remarkable display of enthusiasm for the (arguably) most conservative of movements in the American political system. Granted, the Obama table was hardly more active, but it was comforting to see that the warped idealists who go by the moniker of Libertarian are finally getting their just desserts. People have the freedom to ignore them, it seems, and they seem to be mature enough to accept it.

At least at the Ventura County Fair.


Privacy for the Nazi, errrr…Aryan

BBC NEWS | UK | Papers rue Max Mosley judgement

It is absolutely impossible to quibble with the entirely just verdict handed down in the Mosley case. It is indisputable that the scion of British fascism is entitled to privacy, and it is true that the tabloids went too far in order to expose Mr. Mosley’s depravities. The judge was entirely correct that the crux of the matter was not whether Aryan supremacist overtones are better than Nazi overtones. The crux of the matter is that is that even billionaire fascist white supremacists have a right to privacy in a civilized world. We can only hope that such sage verdicts serve to prevent the fascists who would deny others such rights from ascent to power.

As for Mrs. Mosley, let us hope that this verdict will provide her with some consolation for the embarrassment that she has had to endure during this ordeal. After all, her husband has been an absolutely ideal partner for the past forty odd years, and this is undoubtedly the first incidence of infidelity and the first public humiliation that she has had to endure. May the Lord provide solace for her soul. It is so clear that her husband loves her.

As for Formula One racing, why would anyone care what the CEO does? There is little evidence that such matters ever entered the minds of the beer guzzling masses who show up to watch the races. In fact, it may even increase attendance by increasing white supremacist fan base. These revelations should have no effect on the “normal” fan base. Where else can they get their fix? 


Dinner Time

Noted outside a fancy resaurant and nightclub at the corner of Broadway and Ocean in Santa Monica. Apparently, the subject of the times when dinner is to be served was a matter of dispute.