LAT in 90 Seconds

Anything Boys Can Be Bored With, Girls Can Be Bored With Better: The last (we’re hoping) installment of the kids-are-bored series focuses on girls — specifically Julia Schwartz. In the time-honored journalistic tradition of presenting as emblematic of an entire society the one person who would grant an interview, the LAT says Schwartz is a smart, tech-savvy multi-tasker who text message while watching DVDs, updating her MySpace page and listening to Japanese rock on her iPod.

And — get this — she’s still underwhelmed.

We know the feeling, Julia.

But girls aren’t the only multi-taskers suffering from ennui. In another piece, LAT tells us Ryan Arnold, a 16-year-old from North Carolina, listens to music, plays video games, checks his e-mail and surfs the Web — all while doing homework and getting straight-A’s.

(In a clearly unplanned twist, the LAT also has a story today about how young people are being targeted by thieves for their iPods and other gadgets. Maybe if they weren’t listlessly multi-tasking, they’d notice the crooks lifting their loot.)

Power Players: OK, this is actually going to appear in Sunday’s magazine — but today’s media/entertainment offerings are thin, and this piece is interesting, so indulge us. West magazine is publishing its list of 100 Most Powerful People in Southern California.

The list includes those you’d expect, like Haim Saban, Donald Bren and David Geffen and those you don’t, like Anthony Pellicano, Jim Gilchrist and Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle, who by virtue of us having to say “Anaheim mayor” before his name, makes him a surprising choice.

An Audience with All the King’s Men: Tina Daunt’s Cause Celebre column leads with Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji’s address this week to a small gathering of politically active leading men. “Warren Beatty, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhaal attended the reception at producer Mike Medavoy’s Beverly Hills estate Wednesday night to meet Ganji, a human rights activist who was imprisoned in Iran for six years.”

Showing much savvy about the way our celebrity-driven society works, Ganji said meeting with the Hollywood elite was essential. “I’m here to have a conversation,” he said. “We’re trying to reach out to different people and exchange ideas.”

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