"Mm, what you say? Mm, that it's just what we need?" - Imogen Heap, Hide and Seek
Roger was popular enough to headline his own section of Disneyland — Roger Rabbit’s Toontown — and starred in several shorts. The mythology and the metaphors seemed to have been thoroughly embraced by Disney synergies.
But you don’t hear much talk about Roger any more. Jeff Lange over at Jimhillmedia has a sobering 2-part photo essay entitled Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Curious Case of the Rapidly Receding Rabbit that chronicles Roger’s rise and fall.
It's impossible to predict the arc of the Lost narrative, or even to guess how long that arc will last. Conversely, Survivor is static; the program is now entering its thirteenth season, and all of the previous twelve have been slightly different species of the same animal. Its cast members have been ingrained with the history and language of the show, and they all take their strategic cues from prior seasons. Survivor should not be able to compete with a program like Lost, which is better in almost every conceivable way. But it does. And that's because Survivor has an advantage that Lost could never construct: Survivor—like most reality programming—is powered by the overwhelming significance of jealousy in everyday life. Which is why it still feels partially real to people, even when they know it mostly isn't.
It was a bad sign when their “manifesto” dissed music bloggers far and wide then claimed “we aim to be discerning, but not snobby.” Hipster please! At least cop to your true nature.
From Anticon down, it seems that every other former white-rap affiliated musician seems to be repositioning himself in the marketplace as some sort of electronica-rock hybrid. Sure those guys had one foot in that genre to begin with but the rate at which samplers are getting dropped and guitars picked up is still remarkable. The music isn’t substantially different though it often embraces a wider (read: whiter) set of influences, but these guys seem desperate to break away from the underground rap association in order to latch onto the more stable (and hip) indie-rock crowd. Now the cynic in me wants to view this as a purely exploitative move: first these poseurs try to take over rap and when they can’t do that, they run scurrying back to the warm embrace of rock, but I honestly don’t think that’s the case. Rather, it seems with a shrinking (and perennially un-cool) underground rap market rejecting their aesthetic in favor of Jim Jones, these guys have decided to just shrug their shoulders and move on to a more receptive crowd.
"This is a different CI this season -- there will be politics and more at stake emotionally and personally for our detectives," says Warren Leight, Executive Producer and new show runner, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." "We'll see more character-oriented stories, we want to give characters a larger role going forward and see the affect and sense the toll this job takes on the officers. Detective Goren isn't always going to be the smartest guy in the room anymore."