Today is Apple Tablet Day [Morning News]Brett Singer
Didn’t know? Don’t care? Then you are a hopeless n00b. Don’t know what a n00b is? Then you are really hopeless. And a n00b.
The Apple Tablet will do everything! The Apple Tablet will save the publishing industry! The Apple Table will be good for the environment! It will re-invent the world! It will cure all disease!
OK, now for reality.
The Apple Tablet will let us play even more time-wasting games. The Apple Tablet may, in fact, help the publishing industry if there is, as some have speculated, an iTunes-like store for “news content.”
That is, if the Apple Tablet actually exists. Which it probably does. OK, it definitely does. Because numerous folks have spilled the beans already. That hasn’t stopped the blogging, and the tweeting, and the HEY LADY! (You need to hear that sentence in a Jerry Lewis-style voice, otherwise it doesn’t make sense. And even then, it’s only funny if you happen to be French.)
An interesting issue that the Apple Tablet, the iWhatever, raises is the future of newspapers. In general, I think we will eventually see most people reading the news on a screen, small or large. Many people do so already. But when a big event happens, folks want a printed newspaper. Remember how newspapers sold out the day Barack Obama was elected President? And more recently, the New Orleans Times-Picayune sold out of their Monday January 25 edition, the day after the Saints beat the Vikings in the the NFC Championship game. “We printed significantly more papers than usual, but it wasn’t enough,” it says on their website.
Ah, memories. Is there an app for that? Nope.
The launch of the Apple Tablet or iWhatever is going up against President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Well, not directly. The State of the Union is tonight at 9pm EST, and the Apple Tablet Launch is today at 10am PST/1pm EST. Gawker has a poll asking their readers to pick the Event Of The Year, and the choices are the State of the Union address, the Apple Tablet Launch, and the premiere of the annoying TV show ‘Lost’. Except that ‘Lost’ doesn’t air until February 2, which is next week. So that’s not really competition.
Anyway, the President Obama’s State of the Union speech is tonight. Here’s a countdown clock from Hulu:
Now here is some proof that the so-called Liberal Media isn’t really the anti-GOP machine that the GOP Conservative Hive Mind would like us to believe it is. Have you heard about the four lads who were arrested for allegedly trying to tamper with the phone of New Orleans Senator Mary Landrieu? According to published reports, they were dressed as telephone repairmen in an attempt to gain access to Landrieu’s office. Gawker calls them the Young Republican Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. NPR has a report saying that they are not being charged with wiretapping, but rather a “plan to wiretap.” Why does this matter? Because one of the lads is James O’Keefe, the 25-year-old “activist” who dressed as a pimp, went to an ACORN office, and videotaped the whole thing. Here’s the video. It’s 10 minutes long, just so you know.
The video “made O’Keefe a star in conservative circles” according to CBS News. CBS also calls the most recent incident a “stunt”, and says that O’Keefe was allegedly filming the three guys who were pretending to be telephone repairmen. (Somebody likes playing dress up and making videos. But I digress.) One of the three guys arrested is Robert Flanagan, son of William Flanagan, the acting U.S. Attorney for the western district of Louisiana, according to Gawker.
So how is this proof that the GOP Conservative Hive Mind Myth of a Liberal Media is indeed just that, a myth? If “the media” were as “liberal” as the GOP Conservative Hive Mind would like us to believe, this would be a front page story in the New York Times. And yet, it is not. Fox News takes a fair and balanced view of the potential plot to wiretap the office of a U.S. Senator, as you can see in this video. (Stay til the end of the video and check out the “Bear Alert”. Very scary.)
I like the “Bear Alert” at the end. Very scary.
If you want to follow the Apple Tablet Launch, you can do so with us — live! That’s right. I will be going live on Blog Talk Radio today at 12:30pm EST/9:30am PST. The main topic is farm shares and why they are both great and annoying. Joining me is Madeline Holler, the woman who first told me what a CSA was. Also on the agenda is how the earthquake in Haiti ignited the breastmilk vs. formula debate; it certainly ignited our commenters when Madeline wrote about it. Then, at 1pm EST/10am PST, we will go live — LIVE — to the greatest event in the history of history itself. The Apple Tablet Launch. The iWhatever. By “going live” I mean that I will attempt to watch the Apple Tablet Launch online and comment on it as it happens. We might even get a call from a real-live media expert. Whoo-hoo! If you want to call in and talk to us, you can. The number is call-in number is (347) 996-5362. Just wait until we’re actually on the air. Or you can pop into the chat room over at BlogTalkRadio.com.
We leave with a song — “State of the Union” by the punk band Rise Against. Not safe for work because of loudness, and maybe profanity. I say “maybe” because it’s hard to tell when they’re screaming.
Image of Steve Jobs as Moses with Apple Tablet via Gawker