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Monday, November 07, 2021

How do you lure young news consumers back to the old-time newspaper format? Via the comics pages, specifically manga-style comic strips aimed right at the generation that grew up on the Japanese-origined format.

More than anything, the look and feel of manga screams that this isn’t your father’s funny pages.

What’s really funny is how some people still can’t distinguish between form and content when it comes to the comics medium:

Manga is more a storytelling style than a genre, spanning the range of novels or movies — including romance, horror, science fiction and comedy.

No shit, Sherlock. Manga, like any other comics strip format, is purely a medium, not locked into any one genre. To assume so is about as stupid as thinking that all movies must be documentaries, or all paperbacks must be mystery novels. But the default thinking still considers all comics as dealing exclusively in humor or juvenile subject matter. In this sense, maybe manga will help finally shift that perception.

As for strips like “Peach Fuzz” and “Van Von Hunter” drawing readers back to the pulp product… I’m skeptical, but it’s got a chance. And it’s not the first time the comics pages have spurred readership; in fact, that was the original reason for putting serial comic strips in the newspaper, over a century ago. They were popular entertainment that couldn’t be found or related in any other medium (and that would remain the case for a long time), and so they had that stickiness factor. They might still.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/07/2021 11:10:19 PM
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You could see this coming, and figure that Tivo would be the one to take the first plunge: The DRV pioneer and Yahoo! are collaborating to deliver portal content to the set-top box.

So it seems the long-anticipated union of Internet and television has begun. Not that anyone wants to freak out passive media consumers:

Bringing Internet access to the TV screen is nothing new. Most previous efforts — notably WebTV — were dismal failures. But [Tivo corporate strategy VP Edward] Lichty thinks the Yahoo-TiVo offering will be different.

“It’s not about having a Web browser on your TV and having a keyboard on your lap,” Lichty said. “It’ll still be focused on the TV experience and navigating with the remote control.”

Of course, conjuring up WebTV is the wrong conception of this partnership. It’s not about using your TV set as your “everything” media monitor; rather, it’s about incorporating Web-based content into the increasingly-digitized television content well, further blurring the distinction between the two realms. But it does involve changing the mental compartmentalization between the two mediums. That’s what’s suggested in Lichty’s assurances that the average couch potato won’t have to trade in the trusty remote for a keyboard (although really, I’ve been thinking for a while now that such a swap would make a whole lot more sense while trying to navigate a thousand digital channels). It’ll take a while to process the paradigm shift.

I don’t know that this will keep Tivo afloat in the long run. Cable company DVRs are winning the marketshare battle, and it’s only matter of time before they engage Google for a similar search/content partnership. But it’s the first step.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/07/2021 10:49:48 PM
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blue away
Coming as no surprise, given that he abruptly had stopped eating and doing his usual frenetic swimming this past Friday, my office betta fish died over the weekend.

An omen?

At the very least, it’s no good for the feng shui.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/07/2021 08:27:26 AM
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