I wasn't able to catch up with last week's Iraq-originated episodes of The Colbert Report until over the weekend, and I was curious what everyone else who saw the episodes thought. Myself, I had mixed feelings--not about Stephen Colbert entertaining the troops, which was a fine and noble thing, but about the tone of the episodes, which had a weirdly parodic air. I enjoyed Colbert's Christmas special, which was a part-parody/part-homage to the blatantly artificial, celeb-aggrandizing tone of '70s TV holiday fare. The special took place inside the world that the character of Stephen Colbert dwells in, where he's been a well-known television star for decades. Read More
Soon, mobile phone users will be able to watch Web videos on their cell phones while driving.
YouTube, the popular viral video site recently acquired by Google, is hooking up with Verizon to give Verizon's V Cast customers access to mobile video content. The new service will debut sometime in December and will cost $15 a month.
YouTube mobile won't feature the entire vast array of videos available on the YouTube site but instead will offer a select number of preapproved videos. YouTube editors will select videos, and Verizon will make sure they are suitable for mobile consumption.
"We'll select content that has the broadest appeal and the highest entertainment value," Kelly Liang, senior director of business development for YouTube, told The New York Times.
YouTube was purchased by Web giant Google earlier this year for $1.65 billion in stock. Financial details of the Verizon partnership ...Read more
"Truthiness" and "Wikiality"--two of the words popularized by political satirist Stephen Colbert on his TV show
The Colbert Report--were named Sunday the top television buzzwords of the year.
The word-trend group Global Language Monitor, in its annual survey of words from television that had an impact on the language, also cited the words "Katrina," referring to continuing stories about the hurricane's destruction; "Katie," a reference to Katie Couric's move into the nightly news anchor role at CBS News; and "Dr. McDreamy," a nod to a character on the breakout hit Grey's Anatomy.
The doctor is played by Patrick Dempsey and follows in a long line of television "dreamboat" physicians.
The survey was released to coincide with Sunday night's presentation of the Emmy Awards, American television's highest honors.
Global Language Monitor defined "truthiness" as used by Colbert as meaning "truth unencumbered by the facts ...Read more