Tag Archives: media

Bye Bye Miss #AmericanIdol

Well, American Idol is finally being cancelled. So now’s a great time to look at 11 singers that were rejected by American Idol and then went on to make it big, including Colbie Caillat and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. Fact is most of the biggest music artists in history probably would have been rejected. I never saw anything creatively ground breaking come from that show or any other TV talent searches. Steven Tyler was pretty funny though.

 

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#TONIGHT: LIVE #NFL Schedule Release Party in Chicago

Join my friends and clients at Moretti’s Edison Park (Northwest Side of Chicago) TONIGHT for the Live NFL Schedule Release show, hosted by Albert Breer, National Reporter, NFL Network and Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub. Join us for fun, food, drinks, special guests and live football commentary. Chicago is getting ready for the NFL Draft and the excitement is building all over the city!

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Final Words from Leonard Nimoy

In one of Leonard Nimoy’s last tweets, there was this poem he had written:

You and I
have learned
The song of love,
and we sing it well
The song is ageless
Passed on
Heart to heart
By those
Who have seen
What we see
And known
What we know
And lovers who have
Sung before
Our love is ours
To have
And
To share
The miracle is this
The more we share…
The more
We have
— Leonard Nimoy

His final tweet:

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#RestInPeace #LeonardNimoy

1 to beam up…

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Back from Vacation, Thoughts on Left Sharks, Tipping, and Internet Freedom

We skipped the Chicago blizzard for Super Bowl Week in Florida.
Various thoughts while rebooting:

HMMM.  I was wondering when someone was going to mention this uncomfortable reality about “50 Shades of Grey…”

NEW WORD:  “Left Shark” – an endearingly awkward or incompetent person.  I hope this one sticks – love it!

OLDER PEOPLE TIP BETTER?? According to Zagat and Consolidated Food Service studies, the worst tippers by age are Millennials and the worst by region are on the West Coast.  Read the surprising data here.

REALITY CHECK:  The best way to evaluate if cable/Internet should be regulated like a utility: are you happier with your gas and electric service or with your cable/Internet service? The answer is obvious. Internet service is a vital utility and should be regulated as such.  So THIS is very good news indeed from the FCC.

I already miss the feel of sand on my feet (as seen above).

Have a great week, stay warm and watch for sharks! — TTBG

 

Media Hysteria Even Extends to Weather Reports

Of course, MONSTER STORM JUNO turned out to be much less disastrous than the media hyped it up to be. The commercial media and Internet hyping of every problem into a cataclysm continues its downward spiral, making media stories often useless in determining practical courses of action to deal with problems.
Of course it’s good to be prepared for challenges, but from terrorism to partisan politics to snow storms the media sows hype and inaccuracies to gain ratings. Viewers must learn to sort through the panic peddling to find the wise path to take to deal with risks and dangers.  Just like in our businesses, making the right choices requires critical thinking and leaving our comfort zones.
There was a time when the major media held itself back with basic journalistic integrity out of fear of being ridiculed as sensationalistic by the educated public. Once they saw most of the people less concerned with truth than seeking comfort and titillation, it was full speed ahead to hyping everything beyond all reason in news, politics and even the weather.  The good news is that we citizens created the problem, and we can solve it by demanding better from our media.  Start turning on our BS detectors, acknowledging the risks and uncertainties in life, and questioning the fear and hysteria being marketed to us daily.
Stay warm and comfy everyone, but don’t be afraid to stray outside now and then.
Cheers – TimTheBarGuy