Here’s a brief update regarding 24:
Yes, I watched all 192 episodes plus the two hour feature film. Yes, I’m still thinking about writing about the women of 24, and I may after I’ve finished watching the BBC’s MI-5, an espionage series with good stories and reasonable scope, and Ultraviolet, a vampire series that seems to have died after only six episodes.
I’m enjoying these video equivalents of trash novels, although the 24 marathon was simply excessive. I wonder if Mike Hammer would kick Jack Bauer’s ass?
Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.
The cliff-hanger ending keeps the kids coming back, but 192 cliff-hanger endings pretty much deflate the currency. More about some of this later, I’m sure…
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On a more meaningful note, I recommend Juan Cole’s essay in Salon, Ten reasons why East Jerusalem does not belong to Israel, and, for balance, Carolyn Glick’s rebuttal in the Jerusalem Post, followed by Cole’s long blog post, The Closing of the Zionist Mind, wherein he takes another kick at the cat.
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Listening now to Allen Ruff’s interview of Henry Giroux regarding Giroux’s new book, Youth in a Suspect Society.
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In this season of information overload, of Wikileaks and Shirley Sherrod, doomsday scenarios and dirty laundry, it’s easy to let important newspaper feature writing slip through the cracks. The Washington Post Top Secret America investigation by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin is one of these. Bookmark it! Read it, look at the great graphics, talk it up.
“You could spend hours trolling the site, and that’s precisely the point. The Post has a rich tradition of crack investigative journalism, but it’s been slow to deepen its storytelling through digital tools. This is by far the most detailed, comprehensive online data visualization we’ve seen from a newspaper. Hat’s off to the Post for finally figuring out how to exploit, instead of feel exploited by, the Internet.”
– Suzanne Labarre, Co.Design