Basic cable’s basic problem is that it’s afraid to walk on a tightrope.
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Walking at night in the mist and wind for 600 yards 200 feet above the Niagara River is expensive, imaginative, and daring — everything that cable television isn’t.
When there were but a handful of stations the late Shel Silverstein rhapsodized in “Channels” about the tedium of television, concluding that it might be more interesting to talk than watch. Bruce Springsteen, writing in a post-cable world, lamented “57 Channels and Nothin’ On.” The Boss shows the idiot box who is boss by blasting it. Mike Judge certainly got a bead on the future in Idiocracy when he foresaw the popularity of a program called “Ow! My Balls!” If he had prophesied a dozen such shows instead of one he might now be considered a modern-day Nostradamus.
ABC took a walk on the wire to great success. Highwire may not be highbrow (neither is television). But it is different. Or perhaps it was different — here come the cable copycats.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?