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Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween, Everybody!

For anyone who knows me, dressing up in costume (for any occasion) does not rank very high on my list of things to do. It's probably somewhere between self-immolation and dancing.

That said, Halloween is obviously not a big draw for me, although it's hard to pass up a good pumpkin carving and spiced cider. (Thanksgiving is more my speed: "Uh, what do you want me to do -- eat and be thankful? DONE.)

So what's happened in the past week? Um... Hooray for the White Sox!

Saw Good Night and Good Luck. Gorgeous black and white cinematography, lovely songs from Dianne Reeves, David Strathairn was fantastic, and rather than serve as an account of the events of it's time, it's a solid commentary on the sad state of television and journalism today.

From Murrow's keynote speech at the RTNDA Convention:

Unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

Full transcript available here.

Everyone's gonna go out and vote next week, right?


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