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Friday, December 19, 2021

While this year roared in promising groundbreaking developments on the media landscape, Fortune Magazine judges the end result to have been a rather ho-hum affair:

Come to think of it, the biggest non-development in the year that wasn’t was the fact that 2008 was the first year of this decade/century/millennium where it seemed like there was no defining media phenomenon to get excited about in a big way. No movie, no book, no new Web thingy or must-have gadget, no breakout TV shows.

Which isn’t to say there were not plenty of interesting twists and turns with existing players, but no relative newcomers that bubbled through and captured the techno-cultural imagination the way that, say, Facebook or Slingbox or the iPhone or Wii did the past couple of years. (The only new, new thing that gained a modicum of notice is Twitter, sort of. Or perhaps the use of digital communication by the Obama campaign.) Maybe there’s been too big a dose of reality this year — the real kind, not the TV kind — which has momentarily dulled the impact of media. Or maybe it was just an off year.

I’d definitely give Twitter the crown, as far as new buzz. Most other tech media movements were evolutionary, i.e. expansion on existing properties: More online video as pioneered by YouTube and refined by Hulu; continued everyday adoption of social networks, especially Facebook; and the next-generation iPhone.

Personally, what stood out for me in 2008 was the launch of Apple’s App Store, which has disrupted mobile gaming especially; and, further out in the media ecosystem, the release of The Dark Knight, which rolled up $530 million to reestablish the theatrical blockbuster in a fragmented media market.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/19/2008 03:24pm
Category: Media, Social Media Online
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Have to admit I was unaware of the preoccupation in Japan with personal blood type:

Like astrology, the scientific community often dismisses blood type as an indicator of personality, but that doesn’t stop its popularity in Japanese women’s magazines, where blood type horoscopes are published. In Japanese video games, blood type is commonly a dimension in character creation. In fact, some Japanese might even be shocked if a foreigner didn’t know her blood type.

Can’t say I’ve ever been too concerned with what grade of hematological lubricant is running through my veins, or what it supposedly means. Most of what I know about blood typing is what I’ve gleaned from countless viewings of “M*A*S*H”, along with past bloodbank donations.

At the risk of revealing too much about myself online, my own blood type is AB+. That’s second-rarest, after AB-. Positive or negative, the schizophrenic alpha-beta combo is frowned upon in Tokyo:

My blood type is actually considered the worst in Japan; no one wants to work with ABs and most anime villains are that type. Thank God I live in America!

So I guess my evil impulses are in the blood. Transfusion time!

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/19/2008 11:28am
Category: Pop Culture, Science, Society
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