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Evil Index Update

Such day of mixed performance on the Evil front. Villany just isn’t what it used to be —

Ups: Rupert Murdoch Buys Dow Jones

Downs: Ted Stevens’ House Raided by Police

And we here at the TSIB team are still waiting on the FCC decision on 700 Mhz.


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Regulation as a Storytelling Constraint

What’s interesting about the U.S. version of the Office is that, despite essentially building off of the same premise as its predecessor, it still manages to be hugely different than its British counterpart. Granted, both still manage to be wildly entertaining, but in pretty distinguishable ways.

Though you might be able to square away the content of the humor to the particular sensibilities of each show’s respective audience, some things don’t seem immediately obvious to attribute to cultural differences. For example, the pattern of British television shows more generally is repeated in the UK Office — that is, there’s only a few hour long episodes.

Mike and I were chilling out this weekend, and we hit upon a pretty cool rationale that ties concrete economic regulation of mass media in each country to the kinds of stories that artists can tell and the sorts of plot elements they can use.

I thought it was a pretty interesting idea since it implies that the way the government chooses to be involved in a medium (not only as censor) shapes the artistic, aesthetic elements that become widely distributed in the public sphere.

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why i love bloggers

because they write hilarious pieces like this. gotta give my dad a shout out on this one for sending it my way.

excerpt from Andy Borowitz’s “The Key to Happiness”:

What do you need to start your own hedge fund? Just three things:

1) a telephone
2) a desk
3) 10 billion dollars

Now, take a quick look at that list. I’ll bet you already have a telephone and a desk. That’s two out of the three things you need, meaning that you’re already more than halfway home. As for number three — the ten billion dollars — that’s almost as easy to get as a telephone or a desk. Just make a list of people with ten billion dollars to spare who might give it to you. A partial list would be: banks, investment banks, and billionaires. How will you get them to give it to you? Just tell them you’re starting a hedge fund. Everyone knows that hedge funds are awesome.

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wall street’s next venture… death bonds

now, as the product of a good, old-fashioned, american capitalist household i’ve been raised to respect and appreciate all of the many opportunities that wall street has given me in life. but seriously… does this sit well with anyone?

“Profiting from Mortality; Death bonds may be the most macabre investment scheme ever devised by Wall Street”

Check it out here.

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