Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

2,000 down, ???? to go

The U.S. military recorded its 2,000th fatality in the Iraq conflict since the war began on March 19, 2003. According to the NYT, it took 18 months for the first 1,000 deaths; the second 1,000 were killed in about 13 months. In this December 2004 Slate article, writers Philip Carter and Owen West make a […]

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Wed, October 26 2005 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

'Scare Yourself Silly, but the Real Terrors Are at Your Feet'

This NYT essay by Dr. Abigail Zuger talks about the delicious thrill some people get from scary health news, with special billing for avian flu. Some excerpts: “I was crossing Third Avenue yesterday and I was coughing so hard I had to stop and barely made it across,” a patient told me last week. “I'm […]

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The Colbert Report — or how SNL has missed the paradigm shift

The NYT's Alessandra Stanley really likes the Colbert Report (“an icy-cold beer chaser to the shot of whiskey that is The Daily Show“), but she also thinks it shows how dated Saturday Night Live's political humor is. Some excerpts: … After one week, Mr. Colbert's half-hour sendup of cable news commentators already suggests that “Saturday […]

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Wed, October 26 2005 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment