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Monday, September 26, 2021

We’ve all heard about Hollywood celebrities’ dirty little secret: Their cha-ching work for Japanese ad campaigns on television and other media. Unfortunately, it appears the market for their pitchmanesque services is drying up, as Japanese audiences are gaining an appreciation for Chinese, Korean and homegrown celebrities.

While the article emphasizes a lessening of interest on the other side, I’m wondering if the American stars aren’t voluntarily giving up the jobs. After all, with the Internet and sites like Japander disseminating these formerly limited-exposure pieces all over the globe, this shill work is no longer a delicate secret. Since part of the appeal of such work is the ability to do it on the down-low, the lessening of the discretion probably is keeping the celebs from wholeheartedly diving in.

Whatever the cause, I think we, as a culture, lose out. Imagine: No more ultra-bizarro Arnold Schwarzenegger ads pushing Alinamin energy drink! I shudder.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/26/2005 11:01pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Celebrity
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Oh, of course I’m kidding — everybody just loves The Big G.

But do they love it enough to want to watch a UPN rerun on it? Last week’s premiere episode of “Everybody Hates Chris” is available as a streamcast on Google Video. It’s a test drive for Google that could become a paradigm shift in its dealings with TV networks, and perhaps with the entertainment industry in general.

Aside from this being an indication that Google’s smartening up when it comes to dealing with content providers, it also tells me that the company’s continuing its predictable shift away from its core mission.

As for “Chris”? I caught it last week, and if you didn’t, I wouldn’t bother with this repeat. I was pretty disappointed, since I’m a big Chris Rock fan.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/26/2005 09:49pm
Category: Internet, TV
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Flablog has proclaimed Tampa Bay to be the blogging capital of the Sunshine State.

How did the Bay area get this tag? Mostly because of the recent local media attention, and the dearth of a large concentration of bloggers in Florida’s other metro regions. So it’s an anecdotal call.

Perhaps the more pertinent question: Why Tampa Bay? Do we have a whole lot more time on our hands than the rest of the state? Are we that much more dissatisfied with the local media (not to say that creating traditional media alternatives is the only reason for blogging)? Are we more tech-savvy? Exposure-hungry?

I have a feeling we’ll soon see local-blogger stories coming out of the media outlets in Jacksonville, Orlando, south Florida and other areas, though. So the statewide picture will become a bit more complete. I’d be really surprised if there wasn’t a good amount of blogs zooming out of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metroplex, given the its population of 5-million (Flablog itself is based there).

In the meantime, I’m not sure there’s any way to check on Tampa Bay’s claim. Globe of Blogs categorizes just under a thousand Florida-based blogs, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to break that down by city or region (and besides, it doesn’t look like it’s an especially accurate or up-to-date directory). Sticks of Fire maintains a list, but it’s pretty much all Tampa Bay-centric.

I’m thinking this could be a job for one of those Google Maps hack jobs. I’m not volunteering — I wouldn’t have the first idea on how to do it. But if anyone else wants to take a crack (hack?) at it, go on with your bad self.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/26/2005 03:16pm
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin', Media
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