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Monday, July 25, 2005

I demand a retraction from the New York Times

Here are some excerpts from New York Times article, Watch Me Do This and That Online, that I'd like to address:
"Another vlog, the Carol and Steve Show, in which a married couple offer up the tedium of their daily lives - shopping, driving to the gym, arguing about American Idol' - has stolen its type and its theme music from the land of sitcoms."
"Mudane is the new punk rock", Chuck Olsen.

I demand a retraction from the New York Times. Nothing was stolen. The theme music comes from Apple's Soundtrack Application, which I own. The theme music was made up from included guitar riffs that come with the package and are included for the specific purpose of using in your own productions. The theme music might have been influenced by what has come before, but that's not stealing, that's art.

The type was designed for me by Bill Dawson, the same guy who designed the intro to The Apprentice. again, not stolen. Sheesh.
"It wants to sell out, but who would buy?"
Why would you determine that I want to sell out? Because my vlog looks like tv? I like tv. I package my video blog posts in a nice wrapper that people are familiar with. That doesn't mean that I want to sell out, although if any network executives are reading this, give me a call. We'll do lunch. ;-)
"Maybe a laugh track would help."
Help you maybe, but people seem to like it the way it is.