Why you hate talking on the phone

Do you dislike having to call up people, in real time, on the phone?  Would you rather text or e-mail?   The Millennial generation tends to feel that way, I learned, and I admit that I do too.

Media scholar Ian Bogost tries to explain why this is.  In doing so, he goes into the difference between talking on cell phones and talking on the old handset devices.  Whereas cell phones are designed to be carried, rather than talked into, and are used in public places, the old landlines were designed to enhance personal conversation in private spaces.  The handset phone, as well as the technology that went into it, created what he calls “a technology of intimacy.”

Well, I didn’t particularly like using the old-style phones either, but Bogost makes a fascinating case for the genius of old technology and design. [Read more...]

. . .and the second tier debate

I’d also like us to live blog the 5:00 p.m. debate featuring the seven candidates that didn’t make the top ten.  But I doubt that I will be back from work on time, and the same will be true for most viewers.  This adds injury to insult.

The Fox network scheme of breaking the debates into two tiers, the prime time show for the top 10 most popular candidates according to an average of polls, and a non-prime time show for the remaining 7 candidates is just not fair.  Let me tell you why after the jump. [Read more...]

“There are not two sides.”

As the nation’s media openly joined in the celebrations of the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, some are saying, as we blogged about, that they will not cover opposition to the issue anymore.  Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, said this:

“We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides.”

You have GOT to read Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway’s evisceration of this attitude, linked after the jump. [Read more...]

Newspaper won’t allow opinions against gay marriage

Where we are already, after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling:  A Harrisburg, PA, newspaper has announced that since  the gay marriage issue is now “settled,” it will not print op-ed pieces or letters to the editor that oppose gay marriage or say that homosexual acts are immoral or unnatural.  We won’t print racist, sexist, or anti-semitic letters, the editor explained.  “To that we add homophobic ones.” [Read more...]

ABC’s predictions for June, 2015

We often make predictions here at the Cranach blog, but we also do what often does not happen elsewhere:  we check them.  So it’s fitting to consider the predictions of some ABC programming seven years ago, projecting what June, 2015 would be like.  Gas was supposed to be over $9 a gallon.  Milk cost $13.  And New York City would be underwater.  Among other things.

See one of the videos and read an account of the predictions after the jump. [Read more...]

New York Times exposes Marco Rubio

The New York Times has published a series of articles (linked at the source, after the jump) uncovering scandalous details about Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio:  He has had 4 traffic tickets over 17 years!  He has a boat!  He has oversized windows in his house!  He has a nice car–OK, he just leases it, but still!  How could anyone vote for a man like that?

This kind of stretching shows that liberals are indeed afraid of Rubio.  It also shows the extreme-to-the-point-of-comical political bias of the New York Times.  Satirist Jon Stewart tends to be on the liberal side, but this coverage is so outlandish that it makes the Times a juicy target.  See the clip of what he does to the nation’s so-called paper of record, as well as an article about it, after the jump. [Read more...]