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food media meta tv

Subway says Pepperoni Makes You Gay

The fuck? Watching this commercial makes my brain hurt: If I understand the scenario, two guys are eating sandwiches at a Subway restaurant. They enthuse about the flavor-enhancing qualities of adding pepperoni to a sandwich. They are then launched into a shared hallucination where they’re being poled along a canal in Venice by a gondolier. […]

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media tv

Old Spice — Best Ads on TV?

Harry Allen posted about this, but it’s too good not to share. This ad is the culmination of the barmy series of ads that started with Bruce Campbell singing “Hungry Like A Wolf.” Not only are the ads really funny, they are a mirror maze of masculine signifiers, parodies of masculine signifiers, and affirmations of […]

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media politics

Elon James White’s “13 Black Truths”

I’ve been accused of stating the obvious like it’s my own personal revelation. But it’s hard to know sometimes when the blindingly obvious is just blindingly obvious, and when it still needs saying. Elon James White is like Professor Frink: He makes you laugh, he makes you think.

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copyright media

Public Libraries — Trillion Dollar Menace to Media Industry?

Eric Hellman on the threat posed by public libraries It’s a joke post that stops being funny pretty quick, but it raises a question. If there were no public lending libraries and someone tried to open one, would they be allowed to do so? If it hadn’t been grandfathered in, would lending CDs and books […]

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media

Daily Iowan Fail Day 2

This is going to come off as petty and self-serving, but what’s a blog anyway if not petty and self serving? Anyhow, the University of Iowa’s paper of record The Daily Iowan, had a front page story about second hand clothing stores doing well in the recessionary economy.   This is the article every newspaper prints […]

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media

As promised, I rip on the Daily Iowan

This is what I’ve noticed about the Daily Iowan of late: They seem to require that every article in the Arts and Entertainment Section about a live performance have a quote from someone who works at the venue. For example, in todays DI, in an artcle about Robin Hemley reading at Prairie Lights: “It’s great […]