September 23, 2005

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Friday, September 23, 2005

The future of television networks (here's a hint, the programs are more valuable than the pipes.) And, the future ON television: a new series puts the star of "Earth Girls Are Easy" in the Oval Office so we can all sit back and get used having a woman in the White House.

Storm Surge

Even as the death toll from Katrina continued to climb, TV news by Monday was already focused on Rita. The catastrophe of three weeks earlier infused the new Technicolor swirls with a sickening menace. But with or without Katrina, those satellite images were already well fixed in the TV lexicon. ...

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Water Damage

Just as Hurricane Katrina punctured the levees in New Orleans, it also created some surprising rifts in Washington. Republican loyalists are suddenly departing from the party line, and they are wading into the media to do so. Could it be that the Bush Administration P.R. machine, legendary for its message ...

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Going Down in Frames

Bob ruminates on media saturation in a world where passengers trapped on a damaged airplane could watch real-time newscasts about their harrowing flight.

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Network Rework

With DVR-enabled "time shifting" and the alternative distribution channels of the Internet, the future of network television is looking grim. Bob sees the obsolescence of broadcast TV as the first step in the collapse of mainstream media's advertiser-driven business model. But Washington Post staff writer Paul Farhi disagrees. He tells ...

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Madame President

On Tuesday, ABC will premiere the new drama Commander in Chief. The show promises a heaping helping of politics, though it may not be politics as usual. The central character is a president with no party affiliation, and also happens to be a woman. Brooke considers the real-world implications of ...

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Land of the Free

According to Working Today, the national freelancers' union, there are an estimated 50 million independent, self-employed workers across the country. But writer Ben Yagoda is no longer among them. Why is he leaving the ranks of freelancers? Unanswered query letters, undignified treatment by editors and an outdated pay scale, and ...

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Playing One On TV

Among the ranks of talking heads populating the world of TV punditry are many men and women from the newsrooms across the country. For some, it comes easy. But not everybody is born to bloviate. And so one Washington P.R. firm is training journalists with little or no TV experience ...

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