Monday, April 16, 2007

To Nancy Franklin

Regarding "This American Life." One need not feel so reluctant. Here, one is among friends.



Blogger CheekyGeek said...

"The playful visuals don’t add much to the stories".

No kidding? Well, let's dispense with television all together and go back to the Golden Days of the family sitting around the radio!

This is bizarre commentary. Should the fact that it is on television somehow make it "better"? It's a different medium, no more no less. I've only seen the first episode (on the web) as I don't watch much TV (understatement) and even if I did I wouldn't have Showtime. But I thought the visuals with the bull named "2nd Chance" were well done. And I love the desk out in the middle of nowhere. Reminicent of Monty Python's "And now for something completely different" (and that's the message it sends, too.)

This American Life is quality stories in an interesting (if arbitrary) format (around a theme). I'm glad to see it get a potentially wider audience and only wish it were on network television, rather than cable. We need more of this sort of thing, not less.

3:49 PM  
Blogger zp said...

There is a lot be said, and being said, about the return of the Golden Days of radio. Or maybe I mean audio media more generally.

In the end, you're right, I'm sure we need more of this sort of thing too. But a nice critique of its weaknesses (ie, not knowing or best using its media, or the preachy-ness of it's tone) is important because if there's going to be more it might as well be better done.

Of course, I'm a liar when I say Franklin is among "friends." She's among "friend," me. Most of my readers, I think, really don't have major issues with TAL. Indeed, they recommend it frequently!

8:43 PM  

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