Let's start with -- well they're both entertainment and they're both idiots. But let's start with NBC. Which has ruined Chuck for most fans. If you missed it, 13 is the season number. It will not be increased. NBC announced that this week, no full season. Why bother when most of the show's fans can't watch it.
You've got NBC putting it on Friday when it should have remained on Mondays (its night for the last four seasons). Then you've got NBC deciding it won't be streamed online knocking a large number of viewers. You can't watch it on Hulu, you can't watch it at NBC. Online enthusiasm was the only thing that kept the show going for four years and now, with seven or so episodes still to air, NBC decides to kill that online enthusiasm.
Too bad. It'll be off NBC shortly. When it is, you will be able to stream it. NBC would have been smarter to have axed it last May. Instead, they paid for 13 episodes that fewer and fewer people watch because of NBC's own actions. NBC, you are an idiot of the week.
And you're in good company this week because the other idiot is Philip Glass.
Ira Glass less effete relative is promoting his webcast -- how the never-that-mighty have fallen. Tonight. Search online if you're interested in found sounds and abstractions. Glass started off on unsure footing. See if you can catch that, "There's a lot of maligning going on about who these people might be. They're drug addicts or-or they're gay. But in fact, what's really happening is that the fundamental issues of democracy are being expressed and because of that they're being renewed."
They're being called drug addicts? And gay?
Who links those two in their minds? I think that says more about Glass' linkage than anyone else's. I don't think anyone's started a "Get these gays out of the park!" cry. But that's where he goes. It's probably because he's so tired and so out of touch. He's over seventy, of course. And just really doesn't realize how his statements that he thinks are so wonderfully left are in fact cringe-worthy. As Aretha used to sing on the sitcom, "It's a different world . . ."
He was on BBC World Service Programmes today:
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Here's where he was just nuts if he was trying to raise support for OWS.
Eva Murray: In one of the protests, in Zucchati Park, it was the local residents and the businesses who complained about the presence of the protesters saying that they were creating a health and safety risk and affecting their business. Those are the people that the occupied protests are claiming to represent.
Philip Glass: I'm not interested in the [laughing] I'm not interested in that at all. We have much bigger social issues than somebody's shoe business or coffee business. I mean, give me a break for God's sake.
So haughty and so rude. And not winning over anyone whose business has gone under in the last years. Maybe you know someone who closed a business or maybe you don't and you're thinking of Kristen Wiig's character in Bridesmaids. (Her cake shop goes under due to the recession.)
Or maybe you're thinking of the vast unemployed in the US and thinking how haughty and snotty Philip Glass sounds and how willing he is for a shoe store or coffee shop to go under putting five, seven, ten or more people out of work?
Notice, he didn't go after the banks, he didn't go after GE or big corporations, he went after shoe stores and coffee shops -- among the independent stores across the land. Yes, there are Starbucks and Payless shoes. But there are are large number of people who open small shoe and coffee stores and even more who dream of doing so.
And idiot that he is, that's who he goes after.
A Hint for the Out Of Touch: In a recession, you show compassion by siding with the unemployed. You do not show compassion by scorning workers, laughing at them and declaring you don't give a damn whether or not jobs are available.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"