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Wednesday, July 11, 2021

Quite similar to my guesstimation of the average American household bill for telecom and media services, Fortune editor-at-large Brent Schlender took stock of how much he shells out for he and his family’s connectedness:

All told, my monthly subscription nut comes to $863.09. On top of that, I spend $1,812 a year on magazine and newspaper and online services, ranging from satellite radio to NBA League Pass to New York Times crosswords. That’s $12,168 a year just for subscriptions. I wish I’d never counted.

He dubs this draining expenditure Chronic Subscription Fatigue Syndrome, or CSFS. Despite an out-of-context swipe at the iPhone, I don’t think he or his kin are going to kick the habit.

Schlender’s tally blows away the $365 monthly tab I determined for the average household. He skews his house’s total just by virtue of being in the media biz, and therefore an info junkie. I’m sticking with my figure as more representative of the societal norm.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/11/2021 08:47:15 PM
Category: Media, Society
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Never have I been so proud of my Euro heritage than when I view this climax-filled paean to cinema and European “unioning”:

This mini skinflick is the most popular contribution from EUtube, a YouTube channel devoted to promoting the virtues of the EU.

“The European Union is not the Bible belt,” Martin Selmayr, a commission spokesman, said. “These clips come from award-winning films and they show the E.U.’s rich cinematic heritage, which we can all be proud of.”…

Announcing EU Tube on June 29, Margot Wallstrom, the commission’s vice president in charge of communication strategy, explained: “This initiative reflects the commission’s commitment to better explain its policies and actions on issues which concern citizens across the E.U., such as climate change, energy or immigration.”

Understandably, then, Brussels officials have been a bit frustrated to see their great communications project hijacked by sex. Efforts by some British tabloids to stir up protests about officially blessed “pornography” have come to little, but officials can hardly feel that “Film Lovers Will Love This!” is conveying their full message.

What are the Eurocrats worried about? There’s no fuller message than the promise of rampant sexual relations via the breakdown of national borders. Makes me want to renew my passport for a visit!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/11/2021 07:54:34 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet, Politics
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