Last night in LA, I went to a big fucking party thrown by the fucking LA Press Club
to show some fucking support for Sandra Fucking Tsing Loh, snarky host of "The Loh Life." The radio humorist was abruptly sacked from KCRW
after her fucking engineer failed to bleep a certain fucking four letter word from a fucked-out taped comedic monologue. Fuck!
Her commentaries had previously included deliberately-bleeped words for comic effect, but the production goof came at a time of intense concern by broadcasters over new FCC scrutiny. Nipplegate, Howard Stern, now Loh. Station manager Ruth Seymour later apologized and offered to re-hire, but Loh declined. The whole story's here (and you can still hear Loh on NPR's Marketplace, here). LA Times update here.
There's good reason for concern, as evidenced by a recent decision by congress -- which passed 391-22-- to substantially increase fines, penalties and license reviews for 'indecent' or 'profane' material. BoingBoing pal Ernest Miller says:
"For years the FCC has been regulating 'indecent' speech. Recently, of course, this has become a big deal, what with Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction and Bono saying 'This is really, really f-ing great!' at the Golden Globes. Now, however, the FCC has really taking a big step forward in regulating speech. For the first time they have declared speech not only 'indecent' but 'profane' as well. If the FCC's argument about profane speech is upheld, any 'grossly offensive' speech, whether or not related to sex or excretion, could be banned from the airwaves."
to Corante post on the FCC's new moves to regulate profanity in broadcasting. Update: Stern fined, Bono's remark ruled profane, in FCC decision: Link
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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