Friday, January 01, 2010
View From the Phlipside 2009 Review pt 3
These are the scripts from my weekly media commentary program on WRFA-LP Jamestown
My name is Jay Phillippi and I've spent my life in and around the media. TV, Radio, the movies and more. I love 'em and I hate em' and I always have an opinion. Call this the view from the Phlipside
I'm closing out the 2009 series of A View From the Phlipside by taking a look back at what we've been talking about this year. I have to admit that even I had forgotten about some of them.
For example there was the big flap over the title of a new Britney Spears song back in January. Like most things about Britney these days the memory fades pretty fast. Then there was the great Stephen King - Stephanie Meyer flap. If you'll recall the horror king had some very nasty things to say about the queen of the new glittery vampire series. With the money the books and this summer's movie have raked in I'm sure she's weeping all the way to the bank. Of course people said the same thing about King early in his career too.
This past year was the time of the discussion of how much coverage the new president's daughters should receive. I'm happy to see that the answer has been - very little so far. Let's hope that trend continues.
We marked anniversaries and milestones this year! We noted the Viewmaster and Tetris. We commented on Sesame Street and Rolling Stone magazine. It was a tough year for Viewmaster which has pretty much died. Sesame Street is going strong by staying flexible but the verdict has been delivered on what happens to Rolling Stone (or pretty much any mainstream magazine. And isn't it weird to realize that Rolling Stone has become a mainstream magazine?) Speaking of milestones the TV soap opera The Guiding Light reached its finish line. The show was canceled after decade upon decade upon decade of story line.
High tech stocks were added to the Dow Jones, Spiderman was turned into a musical, Facebook was turned into a movie, Windows 7 was released, so was Google Chrome OS and Jon and Kate got divorced. There was an amazing number of dumb advertisements trotted out for us to see and plenty of dumb people too. I considered lots of cheap jokes right here but I'll let you fill in your own. I took the opportunity to rant about a few things. The downside of fame. The art of the public apology. How Santa gets his mail. The pointlessness of 3D movies (no I haven't seen Avatar yet). And Archie marrying Veronica instead of Betty.
It was a busy year with lots of things going on in the world of the media. I'm pretty certain that there will be new movies and TV shows to test in the new year. The world's supply of people doing stupid things appears to be in no danger of thinning out. There will be at least one unexpected development. And I'm certain to plop down behind this mic ready to rant about something.
I'm looking forward to 2010.
Call that the view from the Phlipside