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Monday, December 15, 2021

It’s funny. Earlier today, I was pondering how MediaBistro’s Revolving Door listings (which I receive twice-weekly in e-newsletter form) has lately been depressingly misnamed: Not so much people and positions coming and going, but thanks to the recession-enhanced dire straits of the publishing/content industry, more of a string of one-way departures with no replacements in their wake. Instead of a “revolving door”, we have a obituarial black hole.

Not much of a newsletter title. But maybe a better one is The Media Is Dying, a Twitter feed that’s calling this spade a spade, in the form of a parade of short-but-sour 140-character axing notices.

MediaB itself has taken notice of the competition. Meaning, I assume, the impending end of Revolving Door — before the whole industry implodes anyway.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/15/2008 08:59pm
Category: Internet, Media
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The current pop-cultural buzz over The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, starring the montonally-typecast Keanu Reeves, is helped along by the 1951 original sci-fi classic, along with the source material that was Harry Bates’ 1940 short story, “Farewell to the Master”.

I’m sure that at some point during that 68-year span, someone must have noticed that the name Klaatu, when spelled backwards, is “Utaalk”. Which means nothing, except that it very much resembles the phrase “you talk”.

Any significance to this? I’m not a fan of this particular nugget of science fiction — “Klaatu barada nikto” means nothing to me. I know the Klaatu character was a stand-in for Christ in the original movie; I can’t figure out where a “you talk” subtext would fit into that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/15/2008 08:25pm
Category: Movies, Pop Culture
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