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Media Notes

Digital publishers contend for a slice of the profit pie from online video. But how much pie is there exactly to go around?

Note to Matthew Weiner: Your show, Mad Men, is entertaining. But it's a drama, not a cartoon. We get it; men in the 60's drank, smoked, and made inappropriate comments to women. But not constantly. So your show does not need to have a man with a drink or a cigarette in his hand every moment of every day.

Since the dawn of media, stories have featured an average, or below average, looking middle aged man who somehow entrances a young beautiful woman. This has everything to do with the fact that the storyteller has most often been an average looking middle aged man. One of the most ridiculous examples being the otherwise fine movie classic, Manhattan, in which Woody Allen plays a 42 year old man with whom a 17 year old beauty, played by Mariel Hemingway, somehow becomes infatuated. Manhattan was directed by, surprise, Woody Allen, and co-written by, surprise, Woody Allen.

But now the Girls are having their revenge, as the distinctly unattractive Lena Dunham, creator of the hit HBO series "Girls," writes parts for herself whereby a wide variety of hunky men fall for a character played by....wait for it....her. Not only did Dunham create and star in the series, she also writes and directs many episodes. But hey, give Godzilla enough creative control, and you'll soon see a film in which Beyonce is climbing into his bed.

Stephen Marche makes the argument, in Esquire Magazine, that the media focuses on figuring out what is happening now, even in period pieces like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. But despite all the focus on figuring out trends, the media almost always gets it wrong.

Is smaller better? Ideas from the media past: serialized novels, very short films, and shorter music releases are making a comeback, both to accommodate new media consumption habits and also as a way of experimenting with new ideas.

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Google and Pirated Content

If Google is so intent on not doing harm, why don't they screen out pirated content, which they easily have the power to do.

Media Notes

Digital publishers contend for a slice of the profit pie from online video. But how much pie is there exactly to go around?

Note to Matthew Weiner: Your show, Mad Men, is entertaining. But it's a drama, not a cartoon. We get it; men in the 60's drank, smoked, and made inappropriate comments to women. But not constantly. So your show does not need to have a man with a drink or a cigarette in his hand every moment of every day.

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