Update, NY Daily News reports that Metcalfe is a wimp who is afraid to be seen with his "new flame."
Posts for April 24th 2005
- American Idol on FOX. We're down to 6 and Paula has explained herself over the weekend for her recent craziness so the show should be exciting. A new House is on after AI
- The Amazing Race is all new - Uchenna and Joyce were in first last week with an exceptional head shaving fast forward but I was so sad to see my favorites, Lynn and Alex get eliminated last week
- The Shield is new on FX
- 24 on FOX - Jack left CTU to improperly interregate Prado and the new President does not seem strong enough to handle this mess. Hopefully Jack will get those nuclear weapons back.
- NBC has all new shows, but the only onw worth watching is Las Vegas.
- ABC has theThe Bachelor. As goofy as Charlie is, he's growing on me (but can he seriously like Krisily?). This week he cries at the rose ceremony. I can't wait.
- MTV has Trippin, which I'm over.
Then I must be a genius! My parents will be so proud.
This weekend in the NY Times Magazine, an article by Steven Johnson reports why modern television shows are helping us develop our minds. He explains that shows are so detailed these days with multiple characters and story lines, or threads, that one must really pay attention - and we as the audience are demanding these more intelligent programs.
Forget your parents Starsky and Hutch, Mary Tyler Moore and even Law and Order shows - each episode has the same formula and while we are comfortable laughing and enjoying them, they are nothing like the 24's and Soprano's we have today to engage us in some serious viewing. As Johnson wrote, â€œThink of the cognitive benefits conventionally ascribed to reading: attention, patience, retention, the parsing of narrative threads. Over the last half-century, programming on TV has increased the demands it places on precisely these mental faculties. This growing complexity involves three primary elements: multiple threading, flashing arrows and social network."
He even points out how this relates to the world of reality TV. He said, "...in fact the most significant change in the last five years of narrative entertainment involves reality TV. Does the contemporary pop cultural landscape look quite as promising if the representative show is ''Joe Millionaire'' instead of ''The West Wing''?...This is the ultimate test of the Sleeper Curve theory: even the junk has improved.... If early television took its cues from the stage, today's reality programming is reliably structured like a video game: a series of competitive tests, growing more challenging over time. Many reality shows borrow a subtler device from gaming culture as well: the rules aren't fully established at the outset. You learn as you play."
So the lesson we learn this weekend is that we should watch TV.... all kinds, reality, drama, and comedies as long as they contain multiple plotlines, characters, challenges etc. It also means we can play video games since this also develops our minds. So mom and dads, behold, the new x-box. It will teach your child more than you an imagine.
Annie has nothing nice to say about the superstar soccer player. Apparently he was nasty and rude when Posh was pregnant. Becks expressed wanting out of the marriage while his wife was 7 months pregnant and she begged him to stay around until their third child was born. No wonder she is so insanely skinny.
The Beckhams response, denial and lawsuits.