Staublog January 22, 2004

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¢â‚¬¢ Move over Barbara Walters, Howard Stern has just inked a deal for an ABC one-hour interview special. This is just another indication of the role fame and the bottom line play in the business decisions made by today’s networks. Stern referred to the show as a “news” show and linked himself with the journalistic tradition. While that will grate on the ABC news division, which of the networks can argue honestly that they are not infused with entertainment culture values?
Stern to Host ABC Special

Now think for a moment about religion. A few years ago media consultant Michael Wolfe said he was convinced that “entertainment” had replaced religion in American society.

The highly regarded Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz concludes entertainment IS religion: “Hollywood is not just a place it is a world in itself. Hollywood has done something remarkable: it has created a great and very successful religion. Through its successful missionaries the films produced in Hollywood it has spread around the globe, gaining adherents faster than any other religion in the world. If it has not attained the stature of a full-fledged religion, at least it is a very strong cult.”

While that will grate on religious leaders, which evangelical can argue honestly that the movement is not infused with entertainment culture values?

¢â‚¬¢¢â‚¬¢ If you are seeking a hearing today you better start taking alternative distribution sources seriously. Joshua Groban’s new album is #1 and it is not played on the radio. PHISH will sell two-million+ dollars of “live concert” content online.
Groban: Bypass Radio-Use TV
Bands: Big Money in Online Distribution

¢â‚¬¢¢â‚¬¢¢â‚¬¢ The ¢â‚¬Ëœart’ of landscape architecture is beautifully described by the man who will; execute the design at the WTC location and Bill Kurtis, newsman, has renewed his home town by attracting people to the art of the prairie.
The Art of “Reflecting Absence”
Sowing Art on Kansas Prairie

¢â‚¬¢¢â‚¬¢¢â‚¬¢¢â‚¬¢ Joan of Arcadia gets a thumbs up from World Magazine and Mel Gibson is warning pastor’s that the worse is yet to come when it comes to attacks on his new movie, “The Passion.”
Joan of Arcadia: God on Prime Time
Gibson: Worse is Yet To Come

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