You already know oil is the lifeblood of modern industrial society. Today almost every human endeavor from transportation, to manufacturing, to electricity, to plastics is inextricably connected to this finite resource
Wizard of Oz jokes get old quick. Having grown up in Kansas City, and on the Kansas side at that, I’ve put up with more than my share of mind-numbingly corny stabs at humor centering on the Sunflower State and its few pop culture reference points.
Next to the main road there used to be a restaurant. A small shop where the smells were inviting, the people smiled and the food piled high on the plate before you devoured each delicious bite of tender meat.
Let’s say you’re a multi-national oil giant. You’re making a lot of money. And we’re not talking Bill Gates money because that’s chump change to major oil companies. We’re talking making more money than the GDP of several nations.
The days of Donna Reed are long since finished. We all know that by now. What is more surprising is television’s modern predilection towards not the studio but the viewer. The history of television is the history of the fourth wall. That is the name given in the industry to the lens, the television set – those things that keep viewers’ senses other than sight and sound from involvement in the show.
This week we saw one of the most unremarkable media mergers ever. After losing their respective parent companies a billion dollars over ten years, television networks The WB and UPN decided to merge under the name CW.