Revisited: Why Ricky Gervais’s ‘Derek’ is the Best Show on Television

By Wendy Murray(A note to the reader: after seeing Season Two, I have modified my opinion, which I will expand upon in a future post.) Picture a bus loaded with elderly people on their way to the beach. There are wheelchairs, walkers, and beach balls. The driver’s name is Dougie, a middle-aged man with a swathe of badly sculpted hair encircling the lower reaches of an otherwise cue-ball crown. He grips the wheel two-handed, elbows locked in the plaintive unresolved way that d … [Read more...]

God Bless the Addicts ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman and Thoughts on Addiction

by Wendy MurrayEternal rest (death) and the picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman with a needle in his arm (addiction) paint the picture of the human and divine. The well-loved actor was found dead on Sunday in his home, heroin nearby. His death elicits anguish, not because of the impact he's left through his affecting roles (unmatched) but because of the soul he brought to them. His work took us to other worlds. And yet he seemed to be languishing for something, and as it turns out, he was. He … [Read more...]

One More Misguided Distraction for Measuring “Self-Importance”

Is it not enough that those of us actively engaged in social media face the temptation to make false comparisons? (Susie has more "followers"; Bill's lame post get retweeted multiple times!) Now we are beckoned to measure our social influence through Klout.According to Jim Duffy's  "Klout Review & Rating," PCMag (June 2011): "Klout scores are supplemented with three nominally more specific measures, which Klout calls "true reach," "amplification" and "network impact." True reach is bas … [Read more...]