October 21, 2002

Graveyards of lost dreams

Just as Tucson has a graveyard of old airplanes, so the University of North Texas has the CyberCemetery, a repository of defunct Federal agencies' websites. One of those agencies is the Office of Technology Assessment, which surprises me; I'd have thought there would still be a need for that, but apparently some budget hawks managed to kill it. I suspect, though, that its function remains, folded into some other agency.

If you ever wondered what the point of the Sunday talk shows was, here's an explanation. As you might expect, there are several different agendas being served: spin for the White House, and, for the networks, "...the programs not only keep the news machine going on a slow day, but also generate handsome profits because of their low costs".

Posted by Linkmeister at October 21, 2002 04:15 PM

I never realized how important a role the Sunday talk shows played. I suppose I should pay more attention to them myself. They're usually quite boring though, don't you think?

Posted by: Lee at October 22, 2002 06:18 AM

I watched George Stephanopoulis on Sunday morning. He was horrible. Kept trying to put words in Powell's mouth.
Wanted him to say something about starting war with Korea. Powell stuck to his guns, and basically said "stop putting words in my mouth"..
I guess everyone is trying to get a exclusive story. I thought the show was horrible....

Posted by: toxiclabrat at October 22, 2002 07:55 AM

I've never watched them much, because they've become so predictable. Guest comes on, attempts to explain his/her position, then the host picks at that position for the balance of the time. I get the gist of it from news programs later in the day.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 22, 2002 08:37 AM