‘YouTube Is Becoming the World’s Biggest Focus Group': Just when you thought the democratic sandbox of lowest-common-denominator entertainment was safe from the prying eyes of marketers and information-seekers, comes this. Oh well.
Most Unexpected Paragraph(s) of the Day: In her op-ed piece about the Rob Lowe case, Rachel Abramowitz raises the specter of Anthony Pellicano: “…where’s Anthony Pellicano when you need him? … he definitely had a well-defined spot in the Hollywood food chain — fixer, interlocutor between celebrities and the populace, the man to call when your one-night stand, your nanny, your personal assistant, your housekeeper, yoga instructor, chakra cleanser, what-have-you decides to sue for slights real and imagined. … Obviously Pellicano was a bully, ready to smear the less powerful with impunity. But there could be a cool efficiency to how he operated.”
Is This Photo An Editorial Statement? Elizabeth Snead dishes about how American Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe didn’t want George Bush to appear on the Idol Gives Back show — which is all fine and good, but what’s with the photo choice of Nigel as a clown?