The Tapes: March 22

Posted: March 22, 2013 by shawnfury in Uncategorized

Welcome to a hot batch of links on a cold — probably — March day.

* NBC is apparently going to get rid of Jay Leno again, but New York Magazine argues it would be a mistake.

* The alternative paper the Boston Phoenix shut down last week and Charlie Pierce wrote an obituary.

* Al Pacino as Phil Spector looks terrifying, but Grantland’s Andy Greenwald says he’s actually quite good as the murderous record producer. The HBO movie is not as good.

* LA Times columnist T.J. Simers will rip on anyone, but he had a different type of column after he suffered a stroke but received help from the Dodgers’ medical staff. Simers maintains his sense of humor.

* Interesting story in The Atlantic about the Touchscreen Generation, young kids raised on technology and what it will mean for their development. I think TVFury guest writer Rich Jensen should explore this in a future piece.

* Loved this Onion column: Find the thing you’re most passionate about, then do it on nights and weekends for the rest of your life.

* NY Mag says The Simpsons is the greatest sitcom ever. Better than Seinfeld. Better than Cheers.

* Really interesting piece from Ben Yagoda about In Cold Blood, Truman Capote’s classic which has come under examination for years — but even more so the past few months — for accuracy issues. Yagoda found the papers of the fact-checker who initially checked the stories when they appeared in The New Yorker.

  1. Rich Jensen says:

    Briefly, on the Atlantic piece:

    There is no substitute for conscientious parenting. Parents who are involved closely in the lives of their children, who provide structure, love and care, will raise (generally) healthy, well adjusted kids, regardless of how much those kids play with an iPad.

    The problem is that the iPad is (like the TV and video game console before it) more an enabler of bad parenting than it is an enabler of good parenting. Someone who is little inclined to sacrifice from other pursuits to be a good parent will not be encouraged by an iPad to be a better parent. Rather, it is likely to make them a worse parent.

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