Archive for the ‘media’ Category
Posted by keithosaunders on January 30, 2017
Let’s have a live look-in on NPR’s winter pledge drive!
This year why not take the plunge and become a gold member. You’ll receive 2 tickets to SF Jazz, our magazine – Boredom Weekly – and the brand new Keillor-Blocker.
This state of the art console attaches to your listening device to automatically block disturbing Saturday programming such as, A Prairie Home Companion, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, & Look Ma, No Hands.
In their place you can choose from among the following:
Game 6 of the 2003 World Series
Noam Chomsky reads The Pickwick Papers
Keitho sings A Love Supreme [in the shower]
Finally it is safe to drive a vehicle on a Saturday.
Hurry! There’s a limited supply.
Posted in media, San Francisco, Uncategorized | Tagged: 2003 World Series, A Love Supreme, A Prairie Home Companion, baseball, Charles Dickens, Garrison Keillor, John Coltrane, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Noam Chomsky, NPR, pledge drive, The Pickwick Papers, Wait wait don't tell me | 3 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on August 20, 2016
Naked Trump statues are happening, and apparently in more than one city. There’s one in the Castro district of San Francisco, as well as four other cities. That’s what you get when you brag about the size of your penis in the age of the smarmy internet.
That said, I am more amused than offended by the statue. In fact I’m not offended at all. What has offended me is an incurious, docile media that has treated this man as if he was a serious, qualified candidate. Too many articles take Trump’s proposed policies seriously rather than question the hubris and sanity of the man.
You’ve got a media that is in the pockets of corporate America, and in Trump, a ratings bonanza. This is not a good recipe. It is not in the media’s interest to question the man or to report on an America that is decidedly more racist than was previously imagined.
If all that is left for us plebes is to engage in locker room humor then I say bring it on!
Posted in media, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: corporate America, Donald Trump, internet, media, naked Trump, New York City, Politics, San Francisco, The Castro | 1 Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on August 11, 2016
Yesterday somebody climbed Trump Tower using suction cups. Who could have been so attention starved to have attempted such a stunt?
Posted in media, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Donald Trump, life, media, New York City, Politics, suction cups, Ted Cruz, Trump Tower, Trump Tower climper | 2 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on July 18, 2016
I have to say that this Pokemon Go game is really dangerous. Why, I was just playing it the other day when… [Flashback music]
I’m driving to the post office when I hear a beeping coming from my phone…a Charizard! I spring into action. I’m driving into oncoming traffic, onto the sidewalk, just missing pedestrians, and I end up crashing into the dry cleaner’s window.
The next day I’m playing the ap and all of a sudden I find myself in the ladies room. Of course everybody starts screaming, “What the hell are you doing in here, you sicko? Get Out!”
“But there’s a Squirtel…”
Everyone whips out their phones until we discover him cowering by the XLerator.
I’m really going to have to delete this thing. It’s just not saf…WAIT! There’s one by the PGE transfer station… To the Pokemobile!
Posted in life, media, Uncategorized | Tagged: Charizard, life, PGE, Pokemon, Pokemon Go, Squirtel, XLerator | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on March 24, 2016
I’ve posted before about my ambivalence, nay, my antipathy towards these political videos that are currently running rampant in the wake of the Trump storm. My politics are to the left of most people I know, (although in the Bay Area I’m a centrist) but these videos offend me.
How is it helpful to portray Trump supporters as moronic backwoods yokels? Sure, they are a strong demographic for him, but I know he must have supporters who are intelligent and can articulate what they like about him and dislike about the Democrats.
In the case of this particular video it seems the filmmaker has gone out of his way to find the least intelligent people possible. I don’t see how shaming the right is going to sway a voter who is on the fence. It’s more likely it would have the opposite effect.
I saw another video in which a reporter interviewed college students asking them who won the civil war. Of course the video showed 5 people in rapid succession answering ‘The South’ or ‘I don’t know’ but who’s to say the interviewer didn’t ask 90 people and edited in the morons?
I’m not buying this video-happy society we live in. Yes, folks are generally less intelligent than they were 30 years ago — how could they not be with all the de-funding of education. But they’re not that stupid!
Posted in media, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: civil war, Democrats, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, media, Occupy Democrats, Politics, Republicans, video | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on March 13, 2016
After my previous post decrying the decay of western civilization through videos I decided to see for myself what it was like to produce to have a video experience of my own. In the past week I had received a few notices on my Facebook feed about so and so being ‘live.’ I wondered what it was so finally I clicked one of the feeds and there was one of my ‘friends,’ – more like an acquaintance – live and in full pontificating mode. He was all over the map but mostly he was bloviating about the coming election.
I found it kind of self centered and self-serving. Until I tried it myself. Then I thought it was fun. I donned a beret and took ‘hater’ act live and beta test a five minute rant.
I started off be-scowled, pontificating about people posting over-produced political videos with the sound track and fancy graphics. I was segueing into the Academy Awards when I noticed at the bottom of the screen there was a display of who was viewing my feed. Soon my friends began commenting and that’s when I lost it, breaking character in a fit of laughter.
I have to admit, as much as I hate to, that being live and having an audience was intoxicating. It was visceral in a way that a written post is not. The thing is, it’s too easy and the risk of crossing the line from detached, ironic humor into trite, self aggrandizement is too easy. You’re trying to be funny in the moment and your friends are there — who knows what offensive bon mot may slip from your mouth in the moment. With the written word there’s a good chance you would take stock of what you are writing and edit out something potentially hurtful.
After 5 minutes I realized I was out of gas and said goodbye to my viewing public. I’ll try to resist over-saturating myself on Facebook, but the lure of the audience is strong. Pray for me.
Posted in media, Uncategorized | Tagged: Academy awards, facebook, Facebook live, Facebook videos, jazz, media, Politics | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on March 9, 2016
Someone on my Facebook feed posted an article decrying downfall of society as a result of pre-packaged peeled oranges at Whole Food. I would counter that articles like this, which contain headlines that tell us how to think and feel, are what’s wrong with society.
I love how in the middle of the story the writer does a u-turn, talking about the backlash against Nathalie Gordon, the anti peeled-oranges activist: But some people are now pointing their anger at Gordon rather than at Whole foods, arguing that the pre-peeled oranges were helpful to the elderly and people with disabilities. From the looks of it, just as many people are ticked off about Whole Foods pulling the peeled oranges from store shelves as there were people who were ticked off about them being there in the first place.
BAM. A perfectly, but rarely executed, 180 degree PC turnaround! I didn’t see that one coming.
Posted in life, media, Uncategorized | Tagged: facebook, millennials, Nathalie Gordon, oranges, PC, peeled oranges, Politically correct, Sumo tangerines, Whole Foods | 2 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on November 9, 2015
This is unbelievable. People are up in arms because Starbucks came out with Christmas coffee cups without pictures of snowflakes or Santa. REALLY? The cups have the prerequisite red and green coloring. What more do you need, baby Jesus drinking an egg nog latte?! To tell you the truth I’m more offended that these cups get trotted out in early November. We haven’t even had our lousy Thanksgiving meal with all the overrated trimmings that go along with it. (There’s a reason we don’t eat stuffing and cranberry sauce year round)
I am not offended by the Christmas season and all the imagery and hooplah that comes along with it. I likes me a Little Christmas Carol, Clydesdales tromping around a New England snowscape, and Norelco commercial with Santa riding the razor like a sled. It’s good clean fun! What I don’t need is pre-Halloween or Thanksgiving capitalistic Christmas hype. And by the way, if we’re at War with Christmas then the months from January through October should be called The Christmas Armistice. (tm)
Posted in media | Tagged: A Christmas Carol, Baby Jesus, Bill o'Reilly, Christmas, Clydesdale, coffee, Dickens, Norelco, Santa, Scrooge, Starbucks, Starbucks Christmas cup, war on Christmas | 1 Comment »