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Utopians incoming.

Fox’s ‘Utopia’ seems to be anything but in TV’s fall ratings wars

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2014 – TV’s fall season, now underway, can be both exciting and brutal. Exciting because we get a showcase of new series each fall, a few of which may prove to be durable favorites. Brutal because many of these new shows can quickly vanish without a trace if they don’t quickly win,

EastWest's Hollywood Brass Gold edition packaging.

Review: EastWest Hollywood Brass

CHICAGO, September 13, 2014 – A long awaited update to the venerated Symphonic Orchestra, EastWest’s “Hollywood Brass,” may be the best sounding brass samples on the market, with enough solo, chamber configurations, and full sections to please most musical ears. Yet despite offering incredible sounds and loads of options, these mighty samples may not satisfy

Eleanor Roosevelt and selfie.

The wonderful world of hashtags: #WCW disturbs me

LOS ANGELES, September 11, 2014 – One of the great joys about social media is the small window it opens for outsiders who can stop, peak in, like, comment, and go about their daily lives. But every now and again an outsider like me looks a little longer through that window. Soon, what starts as

Screen shot from a 1943 Three Stooges short.

Top Ten clues that we live in a country run by idiots

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 – We recently chanced upon some scurrilous words of wisdom from something called “Food For Thought,” an essay purportedly authored by one Junius P. Long. It lists the ways a casual observer can tell if he or she is living in a country run by idiots. A moderately thorough web search

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, 81, quietly passes away at Mount Sinai Hospital

NEW YORK, September 4, 2014 – Legendary American comic, writer, actress, and TV personality Joan Rivers passed away this afternoon at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. She was 81. Rivers had been quietly moved from the hospital’s ICU unit yesterday to a private room, possibly indicating she was unlikely to recover from the severe complications

Sign to Facebook HQ.

Unexpected Wednesday Facebook [FB] outage whacks stock

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2014 – Social media darling Facebook briefly crashed Wednesday afternoon, flipping out users of the popular site. The site went down around or somewhat after 3:00 p.m. EDT, with downtimes estimated to have been between 20 minutes and an hour. At approximately 3:45 p.m., users attempting to access Facebook got the following

From ISIS released video

Media muddle: Journalism confusing facts with fiction

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 3, 2014 – There are so many things happening on a daily basis throughout the world these days, it is impossible to focus on a single subject without digressing into another. For example, the world just witnessed the second beheading of an American at the hands of the so-called Islamic State as