Archives for April, 2012

London like you’ve never seen it

My son, daughter-in-law, and one-year-old grandson Noah live in London. Here’s London at night and at dusk, as shot by Jason Hawkes. The big building is the Shard, the tallest building in London.

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‘Gutenberg the Geek’

One of the major points I make in History of Journalism: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg (Comm455, fall semester, T/R 10:30 a.m.) is the connection between the invention of the printing press and the social media revolution today. Here’s a video about Jeff Jarvis’s new Kindle Single, “Gutenberg the Geek,” and an interview with Jarvis on […]

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The future in 1974

Here’s what the future looked like to futurist Arthur C. Clarke — 38 years ago! He had it right, of course.

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The Rolling Stone Obama interview

So, ever since Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin what newspapers she read, you’ve been dying to ask President Barack Obama the same question, right? Well, rest easy. The president didn’t flub the question when Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner asked. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post (for the coupons?). Sorry, USA Today. […]

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Can’t wait for the 2012 AP Stylebook?

It’s true. I love the AP Stylebook. And I have quite the collection, dating all the way back to 1960 and a 50-pager my GMU colleague Don Boileau gave me. The current (2011) Stylebook is 480 pages with more than 500 new or revised entries. The 2012 book will sell for $20.95, up $1 from […]

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Birth-to-12 in under 3 minutes

Time-lapse photography from Dutch filmaker Frans Hofmeester. Very cool.! Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. from Frans Hofmeester on Vimeo.

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Deford on Deford

Perhaps no one defines the best that sports writing and profile writing can be than Frank Deford. Best known for his long and distinguished career at Sports Illustrated, Deford is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and a correspondent on HBO’s “Real Sport with Bryant Gumbel.” Deford has written 15 books, including […]

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What’s it all about, Google?

Google Drive arrives.

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Thanks, mom (P&G campaign)

From Mashable: As athletes get ready to take the global stage during the London 2012 Olympic Games less than 100 days away, Procter & Gamble has released a new ad praising mothers worldwide. Press play and cue the waterworks. In three days, the video has received over 700,000+ views on YouTube. P&G, the personal care and […]

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Winging it

I used to write columns, cover games and manage sports departments in my pre-academic days. So it isn’t often that I sit down to write a full-bodied column. But the elimination of the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs on April 20 — April 20! — was enough to motivate me to take […]

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Kevin McCarthy sheds ‘Nerd Tears’ on summer movie blockbusters

Mason grad and WFAN movie critic Kevin McCarthy appeared on “Fox and Friends” Sunday morning for a nearly five-minute review of the summer’s coming movie blockbusters. Here’s his early sneak peak. And check out Kevin’s website, Nerd Tears. Watch the latest video at

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Ye olde debunking

Ye was once thee, which was really the. Got that?  

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.