Arts and Media

The Wall Street Journal – June 26, 2018

Filmgoers aren’t flocking to funny flicks. Superheroes, Netflix and YouTube are to blame.


“Superheroes” for the “BIG screen ” ‬
‪And the BIG tix price they demand.

We’ll do our “laughing” at home‬
‪(“Free” chips and coke close at hand.)‬


The Wall Street Journal – June 28, 2018

The most common leisure activity continued to be watching TV. Americans spent an average of 2 hours and 46 minutes a day doing it in 2017 ( Labor Department’s  annual American time use survey)

Here’s an idea that’s potentially freeing:
A little more “being,” a little less “seeing.”


Reuters – June 18, 2018

Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements – as opposed to opinion – in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Monday.

A modern form of an old affliction:
Discriminating fact from fiction.


L.A. Times – May 12, 2018

The greatest threat to American democracy isn’t communism, jihadism or any other external force or foreign power,” he continued. “It’s our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party, and in pursuit of power.”

“I cannot tell a lie”
G. Washington (it’s said) asserted
A simple, quaint objective
That Washington (DC) has deserted???


The Wall Street Journal  – May 15, 2018

Disenchanted or just plain turned off online dating, people are finding love and romance in other corners of the Internet. Platforms designed for networking, gaming, blogging, answering questions and even making lists are doing unintended double duty a matchmakers.

In the dater’s web world
Those who wish to commune
Meet “on the same page,”
(Hope “they’re playing our tune.”)