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Sean Penn - Celebrities
The fact that he is a biased political activist may be bad enough, but Sean Penn has gone too far with taking Argentina's side in the Falkland Islands dispute with Britain. This comes with disregard for the islanders living there who had nothing to do with the reason why Britain has owned the islands for 180 years, and that the islanders would rather remain British citizens. None the less, Penn prefers to side with the developing world out of contempt for the capitalist economies. Proves perfectly why movie stars, musicians, and professional athletes need to remain within bounds of what made them respectably famous instead of giving the world reason to hate them. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on February 15, 2012, 2:31 pm

VHS - Random Topics
There is nothing wrong with VHS, it's true that tracking can be a problem and tape heads have to be cleaned, but I think it served well as a visual medium for 20 good years before DVDs showed up. And to the one who submitted that the more superior Betamax format was replaced, the problem with Beta was that it did not have a long enough recording time for movies, only one hour compared to two hours on VHS. Introducing an SLP mode to double recording time didn't work in their favor because the same setting on VHS made their recording time even longer, and because of this convenience Beta was unable to compete. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on August 5, 2010, 10:57 am

Pac-Man - TV Shows
Travoltron, that is messed up! At least HB was smart enough to know the four (plus Sue) ghosts were his enemies, even though they got the personalities wrong. But yeah, a HIGH SCHOOLER? Like we don't have enough shows about high school giving a generation of pre-teens a false view of their future? I guess it's officially time to lose hope for the entertainment business. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on June 22, 2010, 5:10 pm

Ghostbusters - Movie Series
In the TMNT movie topic I discussed how a franchise has to accommodate for the kids who like it. Upon reflection, Ghostbusters II is just that as well. Turning the whole thing into a cartoon (which I have to admit I liked) ended up making the franchise less enjoyable to adults, and the second movie was likewise made with kids in mind. But at the same time, it seemed to be made as if the cartoon didn't even exist because the only reason why ghosts were becoming a problem was as Winston put it "the dead HAVE been rising from the grave" as part of a talk with Ray about the Book of Revelation in the Bible, which is about the end of times. Therefore, after the Marshmallow Man melted and made a mess of Central Park West, the business was done as the end of times had been averted, which meant that there were no more ghosts. Then five years later, an underground pink slime coincided with the impending rebirth of Vigo the Carpathian, another world ending event therefore resulting in the return of the ghosts. And as I write this, we have a cartoon where ghosts showed up without connection to the biblical reference (but of course that would be for a reason). I guess when you look back on the 1980's, the practices of the entertainment industry were not much different from the 60's and 70's even if there were more things likable to people. Maybe it's just a product of the fact that this came out after a time of heavier censorship practices and there was a new learning curve on how to please everyone. Oh well. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on June 15, 2010, 9:43 pm

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie Series
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are best friends so it was given that Depp would have the role whether he deserved it or not. That isn't reason to let that bug me, Burton's adaptation was more inline with the book, and is therefore the one that deserves to be enjoyed. The earlier Gene Wilder movie, in spite of being a classic, was made for the wrong reason. The studio wanted a family friendly film with musical numbers, much against the tone of the book. And I know there will always be people that prefer the older movie, but if those people took the time to read Dahl's book, they would be owing Tim Burton an apology. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on June 15, 2010, 3:11 pm

Pink Floyd - Music Groups
diezman, you may feel strongly that the later Pink Floyd albums were too reflective of Gilmour, but did it ever occur to you that Roger Walters was using the group to launch a solo career of his own in his late tenure with the band? The albums Animals, Wall, and Final Cut are mostly all Waters songwriting. And while The Wall in it's right was a great album, the preceding Animals album wasn't anything that lived up to the band's past efforts, likewise the Final Cut was rather weak. And after Final Cut was released Roger decided that Pink Floyd outlived it's purpose and had the group disbanded. With that said, the Final Cut was the BTF for this group because in spite of the great sounding non-Waters albums that would come later on, the band's glory days were pretty much over. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on June 2, 2010, 6:54 pm

Apple Inc. - Random Topics
While I believe over time Apple has actually gotten better than PC, the fact is Steve Jobs despite his initial success had the wrong idea about marketing his brand at first. He was only fortunate that the Apple II debuted in a time when the open format PC computers didn't yet exist, and it's true that he did make things easy for people. Problem is, people first needed a reason to have computers and when Microsoft buttered up to IBM he ended up getting a hard lesson of how the business world worked. Because IBM had numerous relations with businesses across the country, they could sell their PCs to businesses and people who have the same computer at work will want the same computer at home because it was the only way to get things done. Likewise, since Microsoft owned the operating system, it was that company that prevailed because of their selling of the system to other computer companies. The Macintosh, as Jobs thought, was such an easy to use machine he thought that alone would sell the computer, likewise he even thought he could get away with everyone buying from him. But he wouldn't accept that it didn't work that way and ended up quitting Apple in 1985 over his spite. This left Apple without direction for a decade and eventually Jobs came back, having learned his lesson and taking advantage of the internet world to make the Mac a more relevant machine than it had been in the past. Additionally he expanded his business beyond the Mac with the iPod, iPhone, and it did wonders. Meanwhile the open format had proved to be the worse system over time due to it's vulnerability issues with hackers and viruses, thus resulting in the User Access Control on Vista which sadly makes a computer not very friendly to use. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on June 1, 2010, 10:52 am

Red Lobster - Random Topics
My dad is the type of person that believes that seafood should only be eaten at coastal regions where the seafood is fresh. And having been to Red Lobster only twice in my lifetime, I'm inclined to agree. With that said I wont touch Long John Silvers with a 50ft pole. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 31, 2010, 5:59 pm

Pinky, Elmyra &the Brain - TV Shows
Elmyra is the distant relative to Elmo in the Warner Bros toon world. I never really liked her, and it's not a grand slam to emphasize certain characters, and even now a lot of TV producers still don't get that. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 30, 2010, 7:57 pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Movie Series
Only the first movie have I ever wanted to see over again, because it was a wonderfully directed film. The second movie, I'm sorry to say ended up making this series a BTF waiting to happen. Problem is, when the comic series was given a kid friendly adaptation for afternoon TV, the first movie, the one that tried to stay true to the tone of the comics, came under fire for being too violent for kids. The irony was, the comic book wasn't even supposed to be for kids in the first place! The second movie, as a result, was forced to account for the fact that TMNT was loved by kids and therefore had to make changes which ended up corrupting the whole intent behind the movie series. And the third movie that I saw only once I could care less about. Let this be a lesson to inspiring comic artists and other such literature, if what you create is grown up but someone wants you to target your creation at kids, tell them you would rather animate a series for CN's Adult Swim. In all possibility, knowing the way kids are, they will probably end up watching it anyway no matter who it's target audience is. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 29, 2010, 7:35 pm

House Of Mouse - TV Shows
I don't know why but this show had more of the essence of a 1970's cartoon, probably because it like a Muppet Show for Disney characters. Even though the emphasis was on cartoon shorts Mickey hosted the show like a variety program, and then he, Donald and Goofy were always involved with something else off stage. They should have made this show more like Animaniacs and not constrain the main setting to just the night club and have more things going on. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 29, 2010, 1:47 pm

You Can't Do That on Television - TV Shows
While I never got to see much of the show, because my mom banned it from my viewing, I do feel that after Christine a.k.a. Moose and Lisa departed from the show it was the beginning of the end. Those girls were a great duo, other cast members like Alistair, Doug, Kevin K, Vanessa, and Adam were also great as well. But the show sadly demonstrated that live action shows starring kids always end up having to put a puberty cap on the cast, in other words you grow tall, you're gone. The new cast with Chris (the only one I remember) wasn't the same and it was even clear to Nickelodeon by that point that their first successful show had seen better days, thus the beginning of the groundwork for the Nicktoons. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 27, 2010, 12:39 am

ABC World News - TV Shows
I'm sorry but ever since Peter Jennings died, ABC News hasn't really lived up to much of the way they revolutionized the evening newscast. Charles Gibson has done his best but we all knew that his ultimate retirement was coming for a while and it's hard to say who ABC can even replace him with. And the way I look at it, it might just be better for the networks to reduce their news departments to the weekly magazine shows and let the local channels just take the whole 6/5 central hour for their newscast instead, even they can cover the world news with the help of provided reports from their affiliated network. Meanwhile, cable and internet has become a more accessible source for news and in my case the internet is really all that I need. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 21, 2010, 3:11 pm

Sesame Street - TV Shows
Elmo represents a sad reality about the television business. When a TV show is well loved, they look into the reasons behind it, including the characters, and then from there they emphasize the very things they think that everyone loves best. Problem is, the way certain characters are exposed affects the qualities that the show already had and ultimately the show becomes about something else against it's original premise. And either it will become hugely popular and maybe better over time, or the changes end up corrupting the show to the point that no one likes it anymore and correcting the mistake often comes too late to save it. Thing is, Elmo got exposure as he did because there was a favoritism for the cuteness of the character initially, and the producers in their mind saw him as the path of profitability (and believe me Sesame Street is the prime example of commercialism intruding on PBS). The more they showed Elmo, it only resulted in him getting his own segment on the show and then everything else about Sesame Street seemed to become minor in comparison. Likewise the show's format has been altered to fit the rules of the short sighted E/I guidelines. That said, Sesame Street is never going to be the same show it once was, business got in the way. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 21, 2010, 2:16 pm

Prince - Music Groups
Prince only had two good songs, Delirious and 1999, but changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol to avoid Warner from abusing his name failed to work for anything, since the media had to start calling him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" in order for people to know who they were talking about. In other words, he didn't get rid of the name Prince but ended up adding five words before it. Makes you wonder why he even bothered becoming a performing artist if he has such an attitude about the business. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 15, 2010, 1:47 pm

MTV: Music Television - Random Topics
I remember being into MTV from 1994-1999. There were still videos on the channel usually during the day and then it went to shows at night and on weekends. I loved most of the videos, I had to change the channel when rap came on because my dad didn't like it. The channel I would say began to suck in 1999 when TRL became the only video show and was over focused on Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Christina Agulera, Eminem, and mostly anything I hated. Nowadays there are only a few groups from the past decade that I like mainly Green Day, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, and Ben Folds. All other music I listen to usually has a 1997 or earlier copyright date. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 14, 2010, 4:41 pm

Barney & Friends - TV Shows
Day one, no further comment. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 10, 2010, 8:23 am

1960's - Random Topics
Without every social change that happened in the 1960's I don't know where the world would be. A decade doesn't have to be pretty to be great, and to be honest I sometimes envy those who lived in this decade. Gen Y members like me have problems facing us now but we had it too easy for too long and from what I have seen with today's terrorism fears and sustainability challenges, I fear society has become too much about blaming the other person. How can we ever expect to have anything accomplished when we find it easier to work against our rivals? -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 9, 2010, 3:22 pm

SpongeBob SquarePants - TV Shows
I think Spongilla annoyingus has two things in common with the Simpsons, yellow and overrated. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 9, 2010, 2:19 pm

Warner Music Group - Random Topics
I wish this greedy and morally bankrupt company would just fall off the edge of the earth and never be heard from again. And I still say THEY DON'T OWN MAGIC CARPET RIDE!! -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 9, 2010, 1:56 pm

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