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GUEST COMMENTARY: Placing a call changed economy, society and ourselves

GUEST COMMENTARY: Placing a call changed economy, society and ourselves

The telecom hills are alive with the sounds of mergers, with two at crescendo. In February, Comcast agreed to purchase Time Warner for $45 billion. AT&T last month announced purchase of DirecTV, which if confirmed is valued at about $48.5 billion. Other possible deals provide background …

June 14, 2014 12:00 am
Mediawatcher: Madmen and Veep Worth the Wait

Mediawatcher: Madmen and Veep Worth the Wait

Programming alert: Something you may not have dared to dream about for a long, long time is happening in a few weeks: The first half of the seventh—and final—season of Mad Men will premiere on Sunday, April 13, at 9 p.m on AMC.

March 18, 2014 2:29 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Local man subject of doc on Oprah's OWN this month

OFFBEAT: Local man subject of doc on Oprah's OWN this month

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 19, 2013 11:20 pm
Mediawatcher: Countdown to Ecstasy, Chasing the charts down memory lane

Mediawatcher: Countdown to Ecstasy, Chasing the charts down memory lane

I used to think that surfing iTunes was the perfect gateway to my pop past (“Hey, look! Here’s that song that was playing on the Himalaya ride at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1977!”). But then I got a subscription to satellite radio for my car and iPad—and the “wave of nostalgia” became a tsunami.

July 15, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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Mediawatch: Of a Certain Age

Mediawatch: Of a Certain Age

I don’t care what anyone says—turning 50 is a massive gut-check, and those who say that it’s not a big deal are either a) in denial, b) lying, or c) in their 90s. (Also, to all of my fellow body-conscious Baby Boomers out there, I apologize for using the words “massive” and “gut” in sequence.)

June 25, 2013 2:15 am Photos

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Netflix cuts original TV deal with DreamWorks

Netflix cuts original TV deal with DreamWorks

Netflix announced a deal on Monday to air television programming from Dreamworks Animation in what the company described as its biggest transaction ever for original first-run content.

June 21, 2013 12:00 am
Friendly flushing: Water-efficient toilets help make sustainable homes

Friendly flushing: Water-efficient toilets help make sustainable homes

Commode, can, the Oval Office, and the Super Bowl. Throne, pot, loo, John. The royal flush.

December 13, 2012 12:00 am

Netflix doesn't need another government subsidy

The news that Netflix streamed more than 1 billion hours of video in June is of little surprise; the company continues to grow in popularity and now makes more revenue than any other online video provider, including Apple and Amazon.

July 14, 2012 12:00 am
Of Notoriety: Appreciating Park Chan-wook

Of Notoriety: Appreciating Park Chan-wook

I've been spending my summer shadowing Times Columnist Philip Potempa, who is also my professor at Valparaiso University. During my time shadowing Professor Potempa and writing on this blog, I have discovered an enjoyment of writing film reviews. As a lover of cinema, movies have always had …

July 18, 2011 2:30 pm Photos

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Of Notoriety: Low-budget but entertaining sci-fi movies have a deserved footnote in film history

Of Notoriety: Low-budget but entertaining sci-fi movies have a deserved footnote in film history

When my college professor (who happens to be a Times columnist and writer for Shore Magazine) Philip Potempa said I could have one of his installments of his Shore blog Of Notoriety to write about whatever I wanted to, I decided to follow my love of films.

May 31, 2011 1:10 pm Photos

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