It’s that time of year again. Turn on primetime network TV, if you dare. Gorge on the Hottest Guest Stars, the Wildest Plot Twists, the Most Terrifying Cliffhangers, the 3-hour Movie Events, and the Exclusive Blockbuster Specials!!
Reuters is onto something big. They’ve taken conventional, old-fashioned TV news, retained its comfortable sit-back-and-watch format, added custom algorithms and other unseen digital bells and whistles, and created a superb product for iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, and now the Web. It’s TV news for folks who wouldn’t be caught dead watching TV:
On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. The accident killed all seven crewmembers: Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe who was set to become the first civilian in space.
Let’s say you’ve got the urge to watch a classic game show. Or one of your favorite old sitcoms. Perhaps a movie from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Or maybe you just need your nightly Sipowicz fix from NYPD Blue. Where do you go?
In a world where preschoolers upload YouTube videos and dysfunctional humans spew racist trash while running for president, it’s important to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. for what he was able to achieve in a much less technologically advanced time, and the noble way in which he did it.
Don’t you just cringe at those ridiculous bad weather live shots when the reporter stands in the middle of a flood/hurricane/blizzard or whatever, just to tell us how wet/windy/cold it is? Well, every now and then, somebody gets it exactly right:
Question: Is this a commercial? Question: Can you tell the difference between the real news stories and the fake ones? Question: Why did E.T. follow a trail of Reese’s Pieces? One more: Why should we care about something called TURNER IGNITE?
While we old-timers weren’t looking, news media and social media got hitched. Is it a marriage made in heaven or the beginning of the end of conventional journalism?
If you’ve got a spare hour in the next few days, please watch. People like to say VICE is changing the way news is covered, and watched. Their 2015 Yearender pretty much proves that point. Does it ever. Bravo.
Those of us of a certain age will always remember how the Harlem Globetrotters amazed us and made us laugh.