Filed under: Birmingham, AL
No, it’s not the beginning of a joke. Twelve bloggers from the Birmingham blogosphere are currently sitting around in the Panera Bread in Vestavia Hills talking about some of the issues facing us as we become a more noticeable group. We were mainly talking about the possibility of doing hyperlocal content for al.com. We’re all having a pretty good time. We’ll write some more about this a little later this evening.
And tomorrow, we’ll compare the Magic City to the country’s Second City – Chicago!
Filed under: 2006 Elections, alan hunter, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Gasoline, mtv, urban issues
You know you still want it…
I admit I was a little slow yesterday not hopping on the MTV/Alan Hunter bandwagon and all. I mean, why bother when you have Wade doing this great interview with Alan. No, I will instead provide some valuable information for those of you not venturing out to participate in the sales tax holiday in this weekend and have cable. Those with VH1 Classic will be able to enjoy MTV’s first day, complete with the Video Killed the Radio Star video this Saturday, August 5, beginning at 9 a.m. If anyone feels like inviting me over to watch, let me know.
VH1 Classic to Air First Day of MTV, mvwire.com. July 31, 2006
This will be especially helpful to those that did not stay home from work yesterday to watch the first day from midnight on. You can also check out videos from the first day of Music Television on VH1 Classic’s VSPOT. Relive your childhood and get your MTV, the way it used to be. It definitely blazed a trail for the genre of music video television, now being led by stations such as Fuse and The Tube.
Let the debating begin
There will be others, but we do have some information on a gubernatorial debate scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, from 7 – 9 p.m. on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The debate will be sponsored by the school’s Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and the UAB Entertainment Committee and take place at the Alys Stephens Center. For more information, it is listed that you should contact the president of the USGA, Andrew Brashier, at 934.8020. We’ll try to keep you abreast of any other debates or forums as they are announced.
The latest weapon in the battle with the gas pump
With all of the focus on gas prices rising, several outlets are trying to make sure that people are aware of where consumers can find inexpensive gas in the region. BirminghamGasPrices.Com provides this information for the lowest and highest prices in the area. As prices are rumored to be moving towards $4 or even $5/gallon, sites that this one will become increasingly popular as consumers shop around for the best deal. Now if we can only keep our existing mass transit system from shrinking any more than it already is threatening to.
Laptops, coffee and conversation…
Or for those of us that aren’t supposed to be drinking coffee right now, maybe some lemonade. The fact remains that tonight may be the first time that some of us in the metro Birmingham blogging world will meet. I definitely know that I don’t know as many people by their actual name and face as I would like to. This evening’s event will take place at the Panera Bread in Vestavia Hills. Click here to learn more about why the meeting’s been called. Click here for directions. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Filed under: "All Things Considered", 80s cartoons, Batman, Birmingham, AL, Dick Tracy, He-Man, Howdy Doody, News Media (as source & subject), NPR, people, Sesame Street, Smurfs, Superman, Television, The Rambles, The Shadow, transformers, voltron, YCDTOTV
While driving back from Chicago, I listened intently to a few NPR stories. This is after I listened to the all news network from Chicago for the first 4 hours of the trip and tried to keep up with the baseball trades taking before Monday’s deadline on ESPN Radio. I’d zoned out somewhere near the Illinois/Kentucky border after having my picture taken with Superman in Metropolis… (I’ll post it down at the bottom). I don’t listen to All Things Considered as much as I did those last years in New York or as much as I did in Savannah. But one of the stories on Monday intrigued me:
For Toddlers, a World Laden with Advertising, NPR – All Things Considered, July 31, 2006
I was somewhat perplexed as I listened to the story. BTW, there is a link to the audio version of this story on the page. As the report unfolded, it sounded as though the problem was just being brought to light, that the issue was a new concern for parents with very young children. I kept waiting for someone to make the point that this is not really a “new” phenomenon. Aggressive marketing when I was younger led to a collection of toys between my brother and I throughout childhood that included Smurfs, MASK, The Transformers, Voltron, He-Man, Sesame Street… you get the picture. The toys were not the only things marketed to us. Breakfast cereals, bed sheet sets, Halloween costumes, canned foods… all of these things were peddled to us in the form of half hour “commercials” as entertainment aimed at children. (Oh yeah, I can’t leave out the green slime that Nickelodeon sold in stores thanks to You Can’t Do That on Television and Double Dare).
Those that claim that it was different in the good old days are quick to forget the marketing tactics of Dick Tracy, The Shadow, Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers, Batman. BTW – click here to see who they’ve gotten to play the Joker in the next Batman movie! Movies, radio and television have influenced us to buy lunch boxes, decoder rings and listen intently from week to week since their marketing potential was realized. With the growth of new media, there may be additional outlets for young people to get locked into these trances, but all forms of communication have long held a grip on the American conscience and its consuming ways.
The piece asked if parents were concerned and if they would be interested in changing marketing junk food as a way to measure their support of additional limitations on other forms of marketing to children. It should not be surprising that many parents did not want to change the system. It will and should be a concern about what children are exposed to at a young age. However, it should be the responsibility of the parent to monitor what their children watch on television. Based on the survey of parents quoted at the end of the audio file, most of them seem to agree with that point. Maybe they want to relive their childhood every once in a while themselves.
Before I forget, here’s a picture of me and one of the most popular icons in American history.
I’m the guy on the left.