Guessing the cover: EW Fall TV Preview 2009 – The Follow up.

And the EW Fall TV Preview 2009 issue is out, which cover was previewed via their popwatch blog, right before the release.

Yes, long shot from my 5 guesses, which were How I met Your Mother, Melrose Place, Cougar Town, Glee and Medium.

So in the countdown. a 1st for Fox in this century, and the count still goes with 0 to CBS. It’s the 5th groups cover, and 4th featuring 2 actors, and also the second one of this bunch to feature Joshua Jackson. As an actor he’s the one with the most appearances in the EW Fall TV Preview issues covers.

Very long shot, right?

That was until I picked up my copy in the stands. (Scanned my cover for better effect, you can even see a tag from the Brazilian newstand where I bought it on the bottom left, over the barcode).

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So was I that wrong? The weird part is that the cover credit did credit the version you see above on the post, with Josh Jackson and Anna Torv. (and my friends actually found that copy) and not this great mosaic one I found. Wonder why there were two covers?

In case you’re too lazy here’s the tally if we consider this mosaic cover.

ABC: Cougar Town, Greys Anatomy and Desperate Housewives (The love for ABC and Courtney Cox continues)

CBS: How I Met your Mother, NCSI: Los Angeles (wow a first for the network – but doesn’t really count, is not a full feature)

FOX: Fringe (Actually the miniature of the cover with two of them)

NBC: The Office and 30 Rock (Basically the comedy powerhouses of the network)

The CW: Melrose Place (nu, 2009, whatever you like to call it, but with the old cast. Note another cover with Laura Leighton)

Showime: Dexter (Yes, a first for a cable network)

Scary statistics.

Found the following scary statistics from a recent research in Brazil:
The average amount spent by a family per year  on books is R$11,00 (around US$6), which is less than the average spent on newspapers (R$17,00 – US$9) or magazines (R$42,00 – about US$22). Yes, you read that right. Per Family. PER YEAR. About US$6,00, which is what a mass market paperback usually cost in the US (excluding the taxes of course).

I personally spent about something in between US$500 to US$1000 a year on books, and I’m not including the count on magazines and comic books / graphic novels. And that’s by myself, not counting my family.

Really scary. Not that the book prices in Brazil help a lot. They’re are expensive. Unlike the american market which allows for a more high end market via Hardbacks, and lower end via paperbacks, that barely exists in the Brazilian book market. The books end up with mark up prices that does not allow most of people to afford that.

It’s not just a criticism towards people who do not read, but also for the publishers who do not create a friendly environment that allow us to really breed that many readers, despite the Harry potter phenomenon, despite all the Twilight thing. It’s not reaching most of the people yet. And that just unacceptable.

What could be done? I’ve got to think about it, if you got suggetions, please comment.

Watching: Outfoxed.

“Outfoxed” examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.

The film explores Murdoch’s burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.

This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it’s like to work for Fox News.  These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a “right-wing” point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said “There’s no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can’t be crossed.”

It reminds me how similar Fox News can be to the extreme Blue / KMT supporters from Taiwan. Of course the media environment is different.

The depressing part as most of the big media honchos in Taiwan inherited the position from the military command that KMT fleedging from mainland China to Taiwan after the Communist Party had them running away. Thus a lot of that still lingers. Extreme conservatism from Fox News, which is hidden as not real balanced reporting also happens in a lot of the media coverage back in Asia. Just take all the coverage about the previous president Chen Sui Bian trial for example. Yes the guy made mistakes and screwed up huge, but is hipocrisy making him take all the fall, while others are doing or did much worse things.

He deserved to be punished, but other do too, and the uneven don’t take notice. That’s what this very worth watching documentary about this dirty US network reminded me of. If you happen to stumbled on my post on accident, my opinions are my opinions, maybe you should form your opinion yourself, so you can watch the documentary too, which all 8 parts are embedded below.

Fox News definitely NOT a Fair and Balanced Network.

Most journalists do commit the fallacy of saying that reporting is neutral. Reporting is never neutral, you always carry some of your own position into the reporting itself, but you always tried to keep it as centered as possible, by allowing different and opposing sides to contribute, the result will always be uneven. But taking deep pushed extremes as if this supposed close to Fair and Balance is not only wrong but most of all deceiving.

Outfoxed Part 1

Outfoxed Part 2

Outfoxed Part 3

Outfoxed Part 4

Outfoxed Part 5

Outfoxed Part 6

Outfoxed Part 7

Outfoxed Part 8

You can find more information about Outfoxed in their official website: http://www.outfoxed.org/

These guys are dust: the birth of the queen of Internet.

There were a lot of memorable moments during “Chosen” the final episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. In my top favorite moments of that episode is a brief line profered by a newly minted red-head slayer, empowered by the special abilities bestowed by their calling, with a new level of confidence to face an giant army  of Uber Vamps.

If you don’t know Felicia Day yet, at some point you will.

She’s the creator, star and writer of the Internet sensation web series The Guild. A very clever show, that had a first season that was maintained with the help of donations from fans. Now in it’s 3rd season, they have found a sponsor on Xbox, which guarantee all people involved are paid and have created a very neat distribution structure of the show, that not only keeps it free aspect for the whole audience, but have also found a very interesting way for the sponsor to actually get something back from their sponsorship, not just simply slapping a logo somewhere in the show.

Tomorrow, you’ll probably see her with Neil Patrick Harris as they bring in another big thing from the Internet to the mainstream big tv audience of the Primetime Emmy awards, with something related to Dr. Horrible Sing-Along-Blog. But before that you should maybe check out great music video below:

Do you want to date my Avatar?

Liked it? The new season of The Guild has just started recently, and you can watch it through their website: http://www.watchtheguild.com

BONUS
Check out the Second Life avatar version of “Do you want to date my Avatar?”