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Robert Thompson
Repurposing the Web

"We thought we could make money on the Internet. But while the Internet is new and exciting for creative people, it hasn't matured as a distribution mechanism to the extent…

December 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST

Pump Down the Volume

Anna G. Eshoo is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California. Loud TV commercials really bug her. They bug her so much she thinks there ought to…

June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT

Let History Repeat Itself

Medieval artists in the Dark Ages were mostly oblivious to the achievements of their ancient forebears. They spent an entire era trying to reinvent the styles and techniques that the…

May 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT

Lessons From the First TV Debate

When I asked my students which of them planned to vote in November, they all raised their hands. More than half of them then revealed that this would be the…

June 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT

Art & Commerce: The Year in Pictures

P.T. Barnum used fake science to validate his hoaxes, he pioneered the art of guerilla advertising, and he provided a national venue for the display of clowns. He would have…

December 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EST

The Year in Pictures

P.T. Barnum used fake science to validate his hoaxes, he pioneered the art of guerilla advertising, and he provided a national venue for the display of clowns. He would have…

December 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EST

Art & Commerce: Nobody Does It Better

In this fall television season, already noted for failing to produce any breakthrough new ideas, there are two series that may end up making TV history. Although neither is a…

November 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EST

Setting the Pace

Although neither is a masterpiece or a blockbuster, Showtime's Californication and HBO's Tell Me You Love Me are two series that may go down in television history.Naked people having sex,…

November 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EST

Nobody Does It Better

Although neither is a masterpiece or a blockbuster, Showtime's Californication and HBO's Tell Me You Love Me are two series that may go down in television history.Naked people having sex,…

November 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EST

Art & Commerce: Tried-and-True Tactic

When television executives and advertisers came together in the spring for their annual "upfront" meetings, there was an atmosphere of gathering doom. Amid the usual optimistic presentations of the fall…

September 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT

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