MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Boy, am I ever dazed and confused. In just a few weeks we’ll be talking about how, in late October 1938, hundreds of thousands of people thought a radio dramatization about a Martian invasion of the earth was real. And a question has always been, how could these people be taken in like that? I mean, all they had to do was change the channel, and they would have had a pretty good clue that nothing serious was going on.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- How many of you remember the myriad of stories you heard as children about the self-made millionaire? Or the stories of Horatio Alger, or later, Tom Swift? Today these morality tales generate a lot of “ho-hums” and eye-ball rolling. But here’s one that got my attention, and prompted me to do a little more research to see what the fuss is all about. It’s a free phone app called “Instagram.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, perhaps the most far-reaching piece of legislation in decades. You’ll be able to read about the oral arguments, and you’ll be able to hear the audio. But what you won’t get is the chance to see the justices or the attorneys make their arguments.
It’s time for the Court to televise at least some of its proceedings, particularly those cases that have wide-spread impact on ordinary citizens.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- At the moment former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich appears to be leading other republican presidential contenders in the polls. I say “for the moment,” because by the time I finish writing these comments someone else may very well be the front runner.
A couple of my friends have noticed, with some chagrin, that everyone, including the media, seems to delight in attacking the front runners. The Japanese have a phrase for this sort of behavior: the nail that sticks up is the one that gets hammered down.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Ever since the early days of broadcasting, nearly 100 years ago, the law has had an almost impossible time trying to keep up with technology. Every time legislators think they have the technology figured out, a new wrinkle comes along that changes all of the rules.
Now Congress is trying to figure out how to prevent cyber-theft of movies, songs and consumer goods, which is a good thing, but in the process may end up shutting down innumerable legitimate web sites, particularly social media and user-generated content.