Media and pop cult

To hell with Orkut

I’ve been invited to join Orkut, and I’ve tried to register a username, but every attempt I make craps out. I enter a username and jump through the first couple of screens, and then I get an error screen that the server’s acting up, so I quit and come back in a few minutes. I try the username I’ve just used, and it says that one’s registered already, but when I try to log in with that one, I can’t get in. I have now blown through nearly every username that I normally try: mdietsch, mtdietsch, dietsch, michaeldietsch, michaeltdietsch, sodietschy.

What an annoying, useless piece of shit. It might be alpha software, but it’s hard for me to believe that anyone would willfully publish alpha software THIS buggy. And this is from Google people?

Intellectual freedom, privacy, etc., Media and pop cult

Teen Titans, NASCAR, and Black Cinema: Unsuitable for deaf audiences

Television Captioining Censorship

“The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) urged President Bush to overturn a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Education to declare almost 200 television shows inappropriate for captioning by the Department’s Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program, effective October 1, 2003. According to NAD President, Andrew J. Lange, the Department’s action is government censorship and contradicts President Bush’s promotion of family values and parental accountability.”

[More and still more; via Boing Boing and Neil Gaiman]

Media and pop cult

FCC to investigate boob flash

FCC head Michael Powell, already under pressure from Congress and conservative organizations to tighten its policies on obscenity, vows to investigate the puerile stunt Janet and Justin pulled during the Super Bowl half-time show. Janet might sell more copies of her new single thanks to the publicity, but the climate of outrage she’s sparked will likely make it easier for the FCC and Congress to crack down on televised speech.

Media and pop cult

Ad*Access Collection, at Duke University

Duke University’s Ad*Access collection compiles images from over 7,000 ads published in newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.

Also of note on this site are the brief but informative history pages for each industry.

Although the archive covers radio and television and personal-hygiene ads in addition to transportation ads, it’s the images of train and airline advertisements that most interest me.

[via muxway]

Media and pop cult


<a href="”><img class="blogimg" src="” alt=”, by ” border=”0″ align=”right”>“Rubin, unsuccessfully, kept trying to get Cash to make a version of Radiohead’s ‘Creep.'” The other remarkable quote from that article: “In preparation for the fifth disc in the American Recordings sequence, he recorded some 50 new songs after his wife, June Carter Cash, died in May. None of these songs appear on ‘Unearthed.'”

The girl wants me to add this to my Christmas list, but ain’t no way I can wait a month, dammit.

Media and pop cult

Strummer’s Redemption

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the ‘and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
‘Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

The final album from Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros arrives in stores tomorrow. I downloaded an exclusive prerelease version from the iTunes Music Store, and damn is it good. Of special note is Strummer’s solo acoustic recording of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, produced by Rick Rubin, who also produced a recording of the same song featuring Strummer and Johnny Cash.