THY BLOG, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AND DIGITAL TV

Greetings,

Ok, so one of these is not like the others. Ok, none of them are.

I’m a pretty earnest writer on this blog. There’s a couple of reasons why; I use it as a way to post my thoughts, write about topics that interest me and link to sites that some folks my find useful. One thing I’ve noticed, however, is that this blog is overly earnest and lacks a certain wit. Some would say it’s banal and obvious (thank you anonymous comment person last year). The thing is, I wish I could be more aggressive and witty on here. But being witty and aggressive means two things: you can offend people and you can offend people.

In the online universe, nothing’s safe. Anything you write can come back to haunt you, which is why I a) make it a policy to never discuss personal circumstance and b) only discuss topics of a broader nature to the world. It’s clean and safe, but more to the point, I think it’s more useful. Fact is, many blogs are written with an approach that focuses on details of personal lives. That’s fine if you’re doing it to keep in touch with friends or if the blog is private or restricted to a few users (like LiveJournal, for example). But this is Blogger, and Blogger ain’t private. Not that my life is particularly interesting, but I’ve been around this internet thing long enough to know that you can never be too careful online. I like to use the metaphor of a dark street in a major city late at night; you wouldn’t walk down it with your wallet open and in hand for someone to grab or tell random strangers about immensely personal details by walking up to them, right? Sure, the vast majority of folks don’t care. But some do.

So if you’re looking for edgier material on here, trust me, you won’t find it anytime soon. But, if you’re interested in journalism and like interesting links, media and other fun stuff, keep surfing!

Um, who invited these guys to this blog…

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Last Monday featured the final broadcast of Monday Night Football on ABC-TV. This is significant only because MNF used to be the best broadcasting gig on network television. These days, well, it’s not cleaning up in the ratings and it’s actually proven to be a problem for ABC. The show’s shifting to ESPN next season, but Bill Simmons has a halirious retrospective on the show’s history, ranging from the legendary Howard Cosell to today’s duo of Al Michaels and John Madden.

DIGITAL TELEVISION: CNN has a great story today on the transition in the U.S. towards digital broadcasting on televisions in 2009. By May 2009, every American who owns a non-digital TV set will have to have a converter box or buy a new digital TV – the analog signal goes dark that month. Funny thing: did you know the U.S. government – yeah, the one billions of dollars in deficit, slashing college assistance programs and funding a pointless war in Iraq – is giving out $1.5 billion in vouchers so people can buy digital TVs or converter boxes? Nice guys, real nice.

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