The [Thursday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
As longtime readers have probably surmised, I still have warm and fuzzy feelings about the University of Minnesota, where I earned my undergraduate degree in journalism and worked at The Minnesota Daily.
But - like a lot of people - my favorite college campus of all-time is the awesome grounds of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
I've seen Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, and probably a dozen other campuses, but Wisconsin takes them all.
That's why I root for the Badgers when I'm not rooting for the Gophers.
And that's why I can't wait to read this story.
And some of you out there know what I mean when I say Fuck 'em, Bucky.
White Collar Whiteout
"A former suburban Chicago executive has pleaded not guilty to charges of participating in a $17 million bank fraud scheme," AP reports.
"Kevin M. Gore allegedly swindled Fifth Third Bank between 2005 and late 2007 by fraudulently obtaining funds through a revolving line of credit. At the time, he was chief operating officer of Computer World Solution Inc. in Wheeling."
How is that not a huge story?
"Computer World Solution, which imported and distributed wholesale consumer electronics such as televisions and computer monitors, went into bankruptcy in November 2007," the Imperial Valley News reports. "The bank's losses on the business's line of credit were discovered to be in excess of $17 million. Shortly before the bankruptcy, Gore left the United States and was traveling throughout Asia until he was arrested in late February."
So we're privatizing parking meters and socializing corporate office renovation. Nice.
It doesn't make you a bad person, Alexander. But it does make you a bona fide member of the Beachwood Nation. Your certificate is in the mail.
"In the first place, cable and TV offered something better than broadcast TV - much better. Their packages included perfect reception; many more channels, some with no commercials, mostly unavailable any other way; and types of programming you couldn't get otherwise, i.e., shows with 'adult' language and situations. In the second place, cable and satellite were optional products people could buy to enhance their programming.
:Newspapers will be banding together, on the other hand, to take back certain content people already view on the web free. And for what? International news, sports coverage, city-council meetings already attended by bloggers? That's not necessarily comparable to The Sopranos, live out-of-town sports, recently released movies and, well, nudity. Sorry to say."
There are other reasons, including the fact that cable is still a luxury to many people. And it's not like most cable subscribers are in it for CNN; my guess is they want ESPN, the movie channels and Millionaire Matchmaker.
Finally, this new obsession with commoditizing the news not only ignores how the old newspaper model worked, but has all sorts of troubling implications for how and why journalism is performed as well as for First Amendment protections.
I'm reminded of the line from North Dallas Forty: "Every time I say it's a game, you tell me it's a business. Every time I say it's a business, you tell me it's a game."
Is journalism a public service or not?
Rich Man's Game
Unpaid internships are unconscionable for all but the smallest and most fledgling of operations. Like this one.
I was a finalist for a Spy magazine internship coming out of college that paid something like $50 a week - in New York City. I was trying to decide if I would vend beer at Yankees or Mets games to make ends meet.
I was rejected for supposedly being "overqualified."
What, I was too funny?
Most (unpaid) internships at places like Harper's (with Lewis Lapham railing against the aristocracy!), the Atlantic, Washington Monthly etc. go to Ivy Leaguers who have perfected their scripts.
Three For Thursday
So it could have been worse.
"Playboy Doubling Up On Centerfolds."
That will only work if they're in the same photo.
City Council Crumbs
Rock Trivia Pursuit
20 Tweets: Billy Corgan
Shut Up And Drive!
The Beachwood Tip Line: Shut up and type.
Posted on May 14, 2009
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