Pointless year in review presents … 2010′s worst use of social media

originally published 1/31/2010

Cancel CNN’s Twitter account — that’s 140 characters or less. They just don’t know when to stop.

The network’s SOTU coverage included John King reading such insightful Tweets as “Go Obama, let’s do it!” and “This is painful to watch.” Indeed, CNN’s incessant pandering to technology is painful to endure. No one cares what Duane from Omaha thinks.

Unfortunately we should expect more mindlessness, as King and that infernal touch-screen board get their own weeknight show. CNN has already given Rick Sanchez, the journalistic equivalent of a Tweet, a second hour in the afternoons.

That time would be better spent reading Larry King’s Twitter feed: “What is it with people who don’t use turn signals?!?”
The Cuban Ted Baxter had quite a year. Admit it. You miss him.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010′s most unwelcome political comeback

I’d like to think the majority of white Southerners are embarrassed by the Confederacy, but 2010 made me wonder. Shame on those conservatives who’ve chosen to identify with/exploit the most lamentable period in U.S. history. (And yes, I’m aware Democrat Robert Byrd was in the Klan. But he’s dead.)

“It helps him with his base,” said Mark Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University, after Virginia’s Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell declared April as Confederate History Month in Virginia.

That such a base exists, and is apparently catered to, is disturbing enough. Former state GOP chairman Patrick McSweeney was among those who applauded McDonnell’s declaration, saying “I think it takes a certain amount of courage.”

Even more appalling was the proclamation’s historical whitewash.

McDonnell said he did not include a reference to slavery because “there were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states. Obviously, it involved slavery. It involved other issues. But I focused on the ones I thought were most significant for Virginia.”

(Since I don’t do Nazi comparisons I’ll let you provide the analogy.)

Before you think I’m giving too much weight to a symbolic proclamation, consider that eight states passed “Tenther” — named after the 10th Amendment, which states that powers not explicitly given to the federal government are reserved to the states — resolutions during the first year of the Obama administration. And then there were the wannabe secessionists.

To them I say, fergit already!

Life as a synergized commodity

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LeBron James turns 26 next week, but the most marketable superstar in the NBA can’t throw himself just any old birthday party.That’s why a marketing firm has put together this presentation designed to lure sponsors for this “exclusive” VIP event.

The party to be held at the swanky Coco Deville lounge in Miami’s Gansevoort Hotel, promises “Athletes, Models, and Musicians” as well as “affluent leaders” and “savvy trendsetters.”

Partners — who can buy sponsorships for a minimum of $10,000will be able to “increase brand awareness” through photo ops with LeBron and Friends, contribute to swag bags for the A-List guests, and get VIP treatment for “key stakeholders.”

It also reveals the schedule for LeBron’s upcoming “Dinner Party Tour” in 2011, giving sponsors even more access to his wealthy and fabulous friends.

You can gag now.