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not that i was surpised ... but it's still a fun article to read

Stewart's 'stoned slackers'? Not quite

Comedy Central defends audience against O'Reilly tease

*NEW YORK (AP) -- The folks at Comedy Central were annoyed when Fox News
Channel's Bill O'Reilly kept referring to "The Daily Show" audience as
"stoned slackers."*

So they did a little research. And guess whose audience is more educated?

Viewers of Jon Stewart's show are more likely to have completed four
years of college than people who watch "The O'Reilly Factor," according
to Nielsen Media Research.

O'Reilly's teasing came when Stewart appeared on his show earlier this

"You know what's really frightening?" O'Reilly said. "You actually have
an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it's
true. You've got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night
and they can vote."

Comedy Central executives realized, and O'Reilly acknowledged, that he
was poking fun. But they said they didn't want a misconception to persist.

"If the head of General Motors was watching O'Reilly's show, that could
be very important to us," said Doug Herzog, Comedy Central president.

"If you listen to O'Reilly, you get the sense that it was crazy
longhairs behind the show," he said. "And it's not. It's great, smart
television that attracts a well-compensated audience, most of whom are
voting age."

Relax, said Fox News Channel spokesman Rob Zimmerman.

"Comedy Central must have lost their sense of humor," Zimmerman said.
"Without Jon Stewart, Comedy Central would turn into the Great American
Country Channel."

Comedy Central also touted a recent study by the University of
Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey, which said young
viewers of "The Daily Show" were more likely to answer questions about
politics correctly than those who don't.

Comedy Central had no statistics on how many people watch "The Daily
Show" stoned.

Although seemingly taken aback by repeated "stoned slackers" references
while talking with O'Reilly, Stewart was ready with a joke.

"This election is going to rely on the undecided," he said. "And who is
more undecided than stoned slackers? Ice cream or pretzels? Ice cream or
pretzels? What's it going to be?

Whether it's the slacker or no-slacker zone, O'Reilly is entering it
October 7, when he's scheduled to appear on "The Daily Show."

So if Stewart's audience is comprised of stoned slackers, how would
Herzog describe O'Reilly's audience?

"I'm not getting into that game," he said.


a huge difference between physical and intellectual property

check out Stanford Law professor Mark Lemley paper on Intellectual
property <http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_idX2602>. He
argues that there is a huge difference between physical and intellectual
property, and that benefiting from other's intellectual property is
often the best way to form a free and creative society.




Re: old souls

in my childhood, people would occassionally tell me that I had an "old
soul". evidentally, my mannerisms did not match my age. i was
responsible, serious, perceptive, etc ...

if one were to take reincarnation literally then an "old soul" is one
that has been returning to earth for a thousand years ... bringing with
it the wisdom it has acquired over all that time.

david goldschmidt

Eric Dymond wrote:

>funny question from me:
>what is an old soul?
>what does that mean to you?
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if media mashing were a game ...


Anyone have any ideas for a game whose players have to mash media? What
kind of game format would work best? RPG? Strategy?

I am looking for ideas and partners to help with this project. Please
contact me if interested.


david goldschmidt


San Francisco Mediatrips Competition - August 2004

SFMC - Open Call For Submissions - August 2004

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Media is easy to absorb
difficult to filter.

Its current "filters" are

There is a channel of comedy
a network for cartoons and shopping and sex and so on.

Each channel delivers formatted content produced
by journalists and scriptwriters for easy consumption.

However, formatted categories can belie the mediated experience. The SFMC=

prefers media filters.

A [person] as a media filter; or
A [pattern of people] as a media filter.

Each month the San Francisco Mediatrips Competition will host a new
competition. The subject/theme/filter will be a [person] or a [pattern of=

people]. Contestants are asked to find content related to the competition's=

subject/theme/filter and re-use it to create a new media experience.

--- --- August 2004 Competition --- ---

Subject: Human Hell -- [pattern of people]
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2004
Prize: $200 (Donated to EFF on behalf of the Winner)
Sponsor: David Goldschmidt

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