Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Notes from the Gym

What is more repulsive than a crumbled up tissue sitting on the wooden bench in front of your locker? Attempting to brush it lightly aside so you can put your bag down and discovering that it's stuck to the bench.

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Brilliant Moments in Media, Part 117:
CNN teases updates on police reports in the Owen Wilson alleged suicide story, and then wastes several minutes explaining that the police and hospital authorities have not released any information. Essentially, the same exact story they have been airing for the two and half days since the story first broke. To cap off this delightful romp in cutting edge journalism, they quote, both in on screen text and read aloud, Wilson's plea through his spokesperson for the media to please leave him alone while he deals with this private situation. Not one ounce of self-reflection in the absurdity of airing that repeatedly, day after day? Come on. I would love to see even one media organization say, "Owen? We hear you. Get well, check back with you later," and be done with the story. Especially if there is no story day after day after day.

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My local gym has now taken MTV off the TVs, in addition to VH1 and Bravo, so other than the networks and CNN and a couple of sports channels, choices are severely limited. Oh, there are seven channels airing the TV Guide channel lineup, of course, and one "sports network" on which the gym plays a mix of old and boring music videos. They also are clueless enough to intersperse commercials for the gym which start with a blaring TV emergency warning signal - you know, just the kind of thing you appreciate busting into your ear buds every now and then.


Blogger Pynchon said...

New news!

Apparently Owen Wilson's troubles are all Steve Coogan's fault. This was reported by Courtney Love. A reliable source of information, I'm sure you agree.

5:26 AM  
Blogger medusa said...

I am so disappointed... I liked Steve Coogan, and had no idea of his relationship with Courtney Love until all of this came out. I can't imagine what anyone would see in her.

10:57 PM  

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