Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Monday, July 02, 2021

People just love reading lists. Believe me, I know from prior experience.

The digestable, bullet-point nature of ranked lists is among the reasons why television networks of all stripes have glommed onto the format:

5. Surfability. Perhaps no TV format is better designed for the 100-channel universe, when you point the remote control and hope something catches your eye…

4. Storytelling. No one wants to spend an hour finding out what happened to that child star from the 1980s, but two minutes seems a worthwhile investment in time…

3. Repeats. Lists do very well in repeats, great for networks with many hours to fill…

2. Cheap Stuff. It doesn’t cost much to pull tape and line a few comics or industry sages up to riff on camera about memorable moments…

1. Ratings. Duh! Why is anything done on television?

I think I’ll assign blame to Dave Letterman’s Top Ten Lists

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/02/2021 10:31:58 PM
Category: Pop Culture, TV
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in the mix
I got me a belated birthday gift package over the weekend from my friend Kirby. Among the loot was the latest album from the Beastie Boys, a daring all-instrumental album called “The Mix-Up”.

I was pleasantly surprised, because while I’d heard about the Beasties’ non-lyrical adventure, I had no intention of buying it. I didn’t mind the band’s previous one or two instrumentals per album, as long as they weren’t the focus. We are talking about rap music, after all — lyrics are not strictly required, but without them, can you really call it a rap?

Anyway, I’m about to rip the CD onto my computer, and then load the tracks onto my iPod. I’ll be listening to most or all of it during the course of the day tomorrow. Crossing my fingers that I’ll like it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/02/2021 09:55:41 PM
Category: Pop Culture
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