Media: Who Do You Read? What Do You Watch? What Do You Listen To?

I got nuthin today. But here are some good conversation starters - who do you read in the Media? Politics, sports, news, anything?

What do you watch? Sitcoms? Crimes shows? Political shows? Sports? Family Guy reruns?

Finally, what do you listen to?

Update - I just read this:

[University of Tennessee football coach Lane] Kiffin's insufferable nature at least has a purpose. Kiffin is the Sarah Palin of college football. He'll say anything to fire up his base. He does this with a wink, knowing it'll draw attention to the Volunteers.

That from a guy defending Kiffin. Oh boy.

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    My list: (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by steviez314 on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:41:46 AM EST
    RSS feeds:  Balloon Juice, DeLong, Atrios, Digby, 538, Matt Y, Sully, Krugman, TPM, Talk Left.

    TV:  House MD, since I'd like to believe that no matter how sick you are, there's a doctor somewhere who can cure you in 1 hour.

    Sports:  Yankees, USA Men's Natioanl Soccer team.

    Who I listen to:  MY WIFE!

    Not Much (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by me only on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:44:20 AM EST
    Read: Sports, WSJ, Talk Left, Instapundit, Volokh (and the 60 or so kid's books) and for laughs Ann Coulter/Ted Rall

    Watch: CSI, CSI: NY (only on the internet, not actual broadcast)

    Listen to:  My wife, my kids


    Many people ridiculed the 9/12 Tea Party as being so massively hyped and so poorly attended.  I heard about on 9/12.  Or Nate Silver being touted as some world famous dude.  I know Silver from BP, not from 538.  No one in my family (wife, in-laws, parents, etc.) has ever heard of him.  I think the average person isn't as interested in politics as the average contributor to political sites and the difference is several orders of magnitude.

    Well (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:47:02 AM EST
    this is a college football site so we draw a more diverse audience . . .

    Only if you do not utterly despise (none / 0) (#9)
    by me only on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:29:49 PM EST
    Florida.  I don't just dislike Florida, I've been an avid hater since they stole Doug Brown from UT.

    Well (none / 0) (#11)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:38:22 PM EST
    You disprove your point.

    Here you are despising the Gators right in the middle of Gator Nation -- where's my back up?

    Actually, I think I am the only Gator fan here.

    More Big Tenners than anything. But unlike Lane Kiffin, they are waiting for the Big Ten to actually DO something before popping off.


    Not sure how I disproved my point (none / 0) (#16)
    by me only on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:05:11 PM EST
    If you are saying that the comments are about things other than Florida, I cannot agree or disagree.  I don't read the diary comments for those diaries you initiate by invoking the Gators.  I see the term Florida or Gator and hit "next."

    Honestly, I was riffing on your love of the Gators more than anything else.  I haven't watched five minutes of college football since the year that three teams ended with undefeated records and only two played for the national championship.  I won't watch college football again until A) there is a playoff, or B) my boys get old enough to take an interest.


    No doubt (none / 0) (#34)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:25:53 PM EST
    Florida fans understandably adore Meyer, and why not? He's Bill Walsh. Still, having Meyer dominate the conference so thoroughly is actually bad for it. Meyer needs a foil that possesses the same public smart-ass-ness and brashness he does.

    Meyer works cuz he won (none / 0) (#45)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:45:08 PM EST
    Finally, what do you listen to? (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by desertswine on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:45:32 AM EST
    All day, at work, I listen to to the local university radio; no commercials.

    Socialized music! Hahaha!

    currently (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:54:40 AM EST
    reading the usual political blog suspects and right now I am reading "Let The Right One In" by John Ajvide Lindqvist

    watching movies movies movies since I dont watch network tv and I am eagerly waiting for the new season of Dexter (the best thing on tv) the end of this month.

    an in reaction to the current crap my coworkers have been giving me to listen to (ok some of it is good) I have been on a retro Leonard Cohen binge.

    oh (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:15:41 PM EST
    and lately I have been addicted to Stinque.com

    In my meager music collection (none / 0) (#21)
    by Fabian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:32:27 PM EST
    only Richard Thompson recordings outnumber my Leonard Cohen recordings.

    I only acquire a handful of CDs a year now.  Same thing with DVDs.  Only my comic book purchases have remained constant, and still modest.

    I've found that it takes a certain level of investment of time and energy to stay current on pop culture.  If you don't have that much time, it's easier to drop out altogether and go retro.  No worries about missing the next game, the next episode or the next concert.  


    "investment of time and energy" (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:49:53 PM EST
    I dont think my impression that its coming faster and harder all the time is only because of my age.

    I have come to rely on my young co-workers to let me know what I need to know.


    Do you have the recent Cohen (none / 0) (#27)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:52:42 PM EST
    'Live in London'? I was playing that nonstop for about a month when I got it. So hypnotic.

    I do (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Capt Howdy on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:14:21 PM EST
    I'll put it on my xmas list. (none / 0) (#28)
    by Fabian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:54:39 PM EST
    Thanks for the heads up!

    I'm glad the kids are at school again.  My son does not appreciate Cohen, so I play it when he isn't around.


    Definitely a fine gift (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:33:21 PM EST
    And helps him out too...I guess his manager stole all his money so he needs to replenish.

    I assume I read pretty much what everyone (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by andgarden on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:19:49 PM EST
    else here does. My RSS reader is filled to the brim.

     In fiction, I can read an Alan Furst novel in one sitting without much effort; the stories are just so engrossing. I have a weakness for Bond and anything Peter Sellers. I grew up watching Star Trek (probably where I got my utopian vision for the world) but I have no time for Star Wars or George Lucas's lack of writing talent. Law and Order used to put me to sleep at 11PM when it was on A&E.

    Music? I'm not going to answer that. . .

    The voice cast of Family Guy was on Inside the Actors Studio last night. Except for the woman who voices Meg. She does NOT look anything like Meg.

    What would be the downside of revealing (none / 0) (#41)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:38:11 PM EST
    your musical tastes?

    Yeah... (5.00 / 2) (#44)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:43:33 PM EST
    if oculus isn't embarassed nobody should be:) j/k

    Ha!!!!! (5.00 / 2) (#49)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 03:12:21 PM EST
    I see my missionary work on behalf of (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:21:36 PM EST
    classical music is effective--no?

    I love a good opera... (none / 0) (#68)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:51:58 PM EST
    ...as long as it is of the Rock variety.  The Wall, 2112, Quadrophenia, Tommy and my favorite West End play of all time We Will Rock You.

    Lawsy. (none / 0) (#70)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:45:29 PM EST
    BTW:  I'm off to SE Iowa Thurs. for first time since '91.  High school class reunion--my first.  Events planned include a three-hour guided bus tour of my city of 30,000.  

    Bring back... (none / 0) (#73)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 08:29:16 AM EST
    ...some Anderson-Erickson Party and French Onion dip as well as some small curd cottage cheese for me will ya'?

    Sterzing potato chips. And maybe (none / 0) (#74)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:13:13 AM EST
    some Maidrite and Velveeta cheese.  

    I don't know Bach from... (none / 0) (#71)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:43:56 AM EST
    Wagner but I can dig it when I hear classical...though it can never match the bloodsugarsexmagik of rock-n-roll, at least according to these loins:)

    I'd say the same thing in reverse. Not (none / 0) (#75)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:16:26 AM EST
    nearly enough different chords in your kind of music for me.  Boring. Although I do like Eric Clapton and those of similar musical genius on the guitar. (Not his singing.)

    Ever get into The Band? (none / 0) (#76)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:38:27 AM EST
    Their vocal and instrumental arrangements might be something you could groove too...sure grooves me:)

    Try Chest Fever.


    I just don't really care to (none / 0) (#48)
    by andgarden on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 03:07:50 PM EST
    I could tell you (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Manuel on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:40:35 PM EST
    but then I'd have to kill you.

    More seriously, lately I have rediscovered the joy of newspaper reading (NYT on the Kindle).  It is, for me, a more enjoyable experience than reading online.  I think the form factor and the lack of distracting borders, ornaments, and ads make a big difference.

    Reading? (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by scribe on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:47:36 PM EST
    TL, FDL, Emptywheel, kos, TPM, RawStory, a couple news sites.  In print, the daily fishwrap tabs.

    I do prefer picking up a paper to reading online.  But, my eyes are acting up and it's easier for me to read the screen than it is to read paper.  

    Listening?  Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (ARD), per the internet, thank you very much.  Better news and a good selection of music.

    Watching?  Network over-the-air drivel ever since they cut off the cable.  I've grown to like PBS American Experience - a lot.

    Feed my head (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:03:33 PM EST
    Daily Media reading: TL obviously, Atrios, Salon, Daily Howler, various Apple sites, Engadget, James Wolcott, Digby, NYT iPhone app, Irvine Housing Blog...no RSS feeds though. tried that for a while and didn't like it for some reason. I think I just don't like to be reminded to read anything.

    TV: Daily Show, Colbert Report, almost any HBO or Showtime series, Masterpiece Mystery, Survivor, Amazing Race, Damages, 30 Rock, Oscars, Emmys. Sports if the Bears are on or rare occasions when Cubs are in playoffs, or it's an Olympics year. More often an Olympic year then Cubs playoffs.

    Books: history and biography, classics, Inspector Lynley mysteries, lots of other stuff

    Listen to: Most of my listening is in the car, nothing at work - too distracting. I have XM radio and switch between the politics station, left talk radio, the Broadway station, and the Deep Tracks Album rock most frequently. At home I put iTunes on random and it pipes it to wireless speakers. Wide variety of music there, but heavy on the Springsteen, John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, and showtunes. go figure.

    Forgot to mention (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:48:27 PM EST
    my Friday night girlie TV: What Not to Wear, Triny and Susannah in America, and that show with the brides picking the wedding dresses.

    there. Now you know all my deep dark secrets.


    It varies...depending on the news, (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by oldpro on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:12:40 PM EST
    the weather, my mood...life sometimes interferes with hard-and-fast plans so I try not to make any...just wing it every day, depending!  Still, generally speaking:

    Read:  TL, Greenwald, Bob Somerby, Digby, Anglachel (when she posts), links from same, local online press and Dem caucus links to political stories with statewide significance; novels, biography, non-fiction (John McPhee a favorite and The New Yorker online); email (egads) and research grants for local Habitat and Marine Science Center.

    Watch:  Reruns of Boston Legal, TCM, Project Runway (for creative designers problem-solving skills...amazing talent), Top Chef (I need a wife...or at least, a cook/housekeeper...OK, I'd settle for a cook); PBS/Lehrer Hour; tennis; Tiger golf; the Olympics; Ichiro/Junior; IFC.

    Listen to:  the wind, the gulls, the surf lapping at the shore, my neighbors quarreling outdoors, nostalgic music of the 40s,50s,60s,70s...mainly big bands/swing and jazz, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkle, Ella, Mel Torme, Sinatra, Jack Jones...

    I'm hooked... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:51:19 AM EST
    on the latest Black Crowes record right now, their best effort since "Southern Harmony..." imo.  

    "I Ain't Hidin'"

    And the Week 1 edition... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:55:13 AM EST
    of TMQ from your boy Easterbrook was just posted, I'll be reading that religously all season.

    That's what I said about Warpaint (none / 0) (#69)
    by FreakyBeaky on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 11:45:24 PM EST
    I'll have to get the new record very soon ...

    I digged "Warpaint"... (none / 0) (#72)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:47:26 AM EST
    a lot, but nothing like this "Before The Frost"...but like all Crowes you gotta hear it live to really appreciate their power.

    Lane's wife is much better looking than (none / 0) (#10)
    by me only on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:31:42 PM EST
    Palin.  I swear that they had to take down billboards with her picture because they were causing traffic accidents.

    I'll play (none / 0) (#14)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:55:27 PM EST
    Media? TL. That's really about all I have time for.

    TV? NFL, 2-1/2 Men, How I met Your Mother, Gary Unmarried, House, Rules of Engagement.

    Listen? Anything with soul.

    "Anything with soul"... (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:09:49 PM EST
    good answer sarcasmo!

    Gonna try and see Bruce this go 'round?



    Actually... (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:39:33 PM EST
    I just checked...Bruce and the gang will be making their way westward, but not in LA till April...so hang in there!

    I'm locked in for 10/3..."somewhere in the swamps of Jersey".


    oooooh, very tempting.... (none / 0) (#26)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:50:00 PM EST
    I'm jealous! (none / 0) (#30)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:14:23 PM EST
    What kind of ticket prices are you seeing back east?

    backstreets.com (none / 0) (#35)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:27:46 PM EST
    is a great place for tour info.

    Ticket prices in Tampa were $98 for the best seats and GA Pit, and less for GA Lawn - around $50-60 I think.


    That's right... (none / 0) (#38)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:33:05 PM EST
    you've seen them already this go round ruffian!

    And you had "Johnny 99" on the set list that night...love that jam.


    It was a highlight (none / 0) (#40)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:36:56 PM EST
    They were really cooking on that one.

    Low-light: Outlaw Pete. Luckily they had pretty pictures on the big screen during that one. Guess they realized they needed them. That was the only time I was less than totally thrilled, so I can't complain.


    My sister and I were laughing at what we thought (none / 0) (#43)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:40:59 PM EST
    was pretty poor use of the request sign phenomenon. Some people had great signs for some obscure songs, and he played them and had fun with it. Then you have the people who make a real nice sign for a concert staple like Born to Run or Thunder Road. Like he doesn't know we want to hear those!

    Also, if you are in the GA Pit, bring a kid. That is your ticket to the foot of the stage. Next time I'm bringing my nephew instead of my sister.


    I'm usually not one... (none / 0) (#47)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:49:08 PM EST
    to bring a sign and have to lug it around, but I'm tempted because there are a slew of songs I'd like to hear live for the first time.

    Like "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd St?" or "Wild Billy's Circus Story".

    They did "Kitty's Back" when I saw them at Shea and I thought the mezzanine was comin' down!


    Do it! (none / 0) (#67)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 07:43:51 PM EST
    Might be tougher in a huge venue like that, but worth a try!

    Thanks. I don't see anything there yet (none / 0) (#51)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 03:24:56 PM EST
    for us west coasters. :-(

    Bruce's site... (none / 0) (#36)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:28:16 PM EST
    has all the tour dates here.

    I think it was around a hundo for general admission.


    Aren't those mid-April LA dates from 2008? (none / 0) (#50)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 03:22:23 PM EST
    On second look... (none / 0) (#52)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 03:27:58 PM EST
    you're right, I'm an idiot. Sorry if I got your hopes up!

    You funny. (none / 0) (#54)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 04:44:40 PM EST
    I saw him this year and last year (none / 0) (#57)
    by kmblue on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:26:51 PM EST
    in Atlanta.  That man does give you bang for the buck. ;)

    Stupid media tricks. (none / 0) (#24)
    by Fabian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 01:48:52 PM EST
    New Haven police would not comment on the efforts there and continued to deny published reports that a suspect was in custody.

    "You guys made up the fact that we had somebody in custody, the media in general," Avery told reporters outside the police department Tuesday.
    "We're talking to a lot of people."

    Several news organizations have reported that police were interviewing a possible suspect who failed a polygraph test and has defensive wounds on his body. ABC News, WNBC-TV, The New Haven Register and the New Haven Independent cited anonymous sources in their reports. The Register and WNBC-TV identified the possible suspect as a lab technician.

    This is the first time I remember the police calling out the media.  I wish more people would call them out - especially when unverified "anonymous sources" are involved.

    Reading Pamuk's "Istanbul." (none / 0) (#32)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:22:51 PM EST
    Do read/scan hard copy of NYT and LAT on line.  Listen to:  books on CD in car or NPR or Padres.  TV:  Padres.  Talk Left and Glenn Greenwald.  KUSC-FM on line.  Usually prefer to hear music (classical) live.  

    How do you like 'Istanbul'? (none / 0) (#37)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:29:41 PM EST
    I have it and started it. but moved on to something else before I got very far. Seemed like I will like it, but I just found I wasn't in the mood at the time.

    Put it this way. I just took it on a two-week (none / 0) (#42)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:39:38 PM EST
    trip and read a couple pages on the flight home.  Definitely not airplane reading.  But I will finish it.  I couldn't get through his first novel but I am interested in his memoir on his life and city.

    Watch. (none / 0) (#33)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:25:20 PM EST
    Whatever Netflix has sent me that day. The Daily Show. Bill Moyers. NatGeo. How I Met Your Mother.

    Reading. Spend alot of time on planes, so I've always got a novel going. Mediawise: Grits For Breakfast, The Agitator, Brilliant at Breakfast, HuffPo, DrudgeReport, Star-Telegram. XML related stuff.

    Listening: right now: Bob Marley - Legend. Lots of Manfred Mann. Morning Edition on the way to work, All Things Considered on the way home.

    NEWS FLASH: Michigan is now #25 (none / 0) (#46)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:45:39 PM EST
    in AP rankings.  link

    Oh ye of little faith/affiliation. (none / 0) (#65)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 06:19:00 PM EST
    Any Tennessee game... (none / 0) (#53)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 03:58:50 PM EST
    any Titans, Cowboys or Bronco game..

    O'Reilly if I need a chuckle...

    L&O reruns sometimes.. and that's it..

    oh... some home improvement shows sometimes..

    Radio? Mostly local talk in the morning and late afternoon.. The Big Guy if I am traveling LD and bored with my Mpeg..unless he po's me..

    Music? Eagles, BTO, Seger, Atkins..in no psrticular order...Willie, Summer, Campbell, Skinner, etc.. whatever if I'm in a game with the headphones on..

    Movies? The last one that was worth a flip was No Country for Old Men...Favorites? Patton, Lawrence of Arabia, True Grit, just about all Nicholson though he has a few clinkers..

    TV/HBO/History... John Adams, Band of Brothers, Rome Seasons 1 and 2.... Andrew Jackson

    Books? Fiction...Anything by LeCarre, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke and John D MacDonald.. Of course MacDonald is gone.. Hiaasen if I'm feeling wacky....

    I recently read there is a movie (none / 0) (#55)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:15:55 PM EST
    planned--finally--based on one of the Travis McGee series.  What took so long?  And who should play Travis?

    Steve McQueen would have been perfect. (none / 0) (#58)
    by kmblue on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:28:16 PM EST
    Now?  I'd have to think about it.

    McQueen would have been (none / 0) (#61)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:41:46 PM EST
    good, but he did project somewhat of a cocky attitude which McGee didn't, always believing it was best to be unknown...

    I haven't read that (none / 0) (#59)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:36:52 PM EST
    but that would be great... Sam Elliott played McGee back in '83 for a made for TV ... The Empty Copper Sea.. Rod Taylor did McGee in a 1970's Darker Than Amber...

    I can't think of a single current "known" actor who could play McGee. Remember that McGee has a brooding self critical side that sometimes isn't all that pretty.. Maybe Tommy Lee Jones??

    And I really have no idea who could play Meyer.


    I just saw "Duplicity." (none / 0) (#60)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:40:01 PM EST
    How about Clive Owen as Travis.  

    I haven't seen it (none / 0) (#62)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 05:42:34 PM EST
    Freebie on Delta. Don't bother otherwise. (none / 0) (#66)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 06:20:34 PM EST