“The phrase is ‘the death of the middle.’ We’re getting to a place where there’s going to be too much dramatic content. The best will always be bought and continue to rise in price. In the U.S., there are 62 buyers for drama. There is a lot of demand for the best, but that middle goes away or drowns. It’s the best or the cheap and cheerful.”
I was all prepared to disagree with Todd VanDerWerff’s ode to episodic television, but I actually agree mostly with the relatively modest argument that he’s making. Mostly I wish we just had shorter seasons.
Maria Carla Sanchez worries that young people are more than just losing their imagination, but not even understanding the concept.
Whatever happened to the the kids from the Runaway Train video?
Nicholas Barber takes issue with “universe-shrinking,” which is a really good term for interconnecting everything within a story with everything else (Luke is Vader’s son, etc). It reminds me of the tension comic book world between “clean origins” that stand independent (new character with an understood with a very quick explanation) and the desire connect existing properties (the new Green Lantern is the old Green Lantern’s adopted daughter).
I was wondering if one of the reasons that airlines weren’t pressuring the FAA to allow portable devices was because they wanted to sell it to you. Maybe so, maybe not, but cause is meeting effect.
The story of Adam Carrolla’s rise.