Oblivion, by Mike Gold

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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13 Responses

  1. Tony Isabella says:

    I vote for you.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Hmmm. I wonder if the White House can hold three separate comic book collections. I'm sure there's plenty of dead weight I could eliminate to make room.And maybe I'll replace a few selected presidential portraits with Olivia paintings.

  2. Rick Taylor says:

    Fewer variant voers…please.

  3. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    Mike, may I be your Sarah Palin? No one knows me, but you seem to like me… And while I'm no hockey mom… I style my cat's hair by licking my palm first. And I can see Michael Davis from my backyard. (not really, his shades are always drawn) :)Good article, great points indeed. I only hope and pray those 'back of the book' folks find new ways to continue to spread their wares. In the mean time, congress will bicker, and it'll all tumble out into the taxpayers laps.

  4. Elayne Riggs says:

    Lots of good stuff to think about here, Mike. While I agree with much of it, I also wonder how much more people will be willing to budget for escapism in these troubled times. I also wonder if the election of an articulate and literate president won't return us somewhat to a culture wherein literature is again more valued (and considered a better value for money) than passive media.

    • Mike Gold says:

      I think that if the shit really hits the fan, the first thing people will protect with their disposable income will be their cable teevee connection. Maybe they'll cut a few premium services — we'll see if they drop their Internet connection — but they'll keep the teevee going.I just hope municipal libraries survive budget cuts.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        The savy will cut TV before Internet. I can get a LOT of TV through INTERNET. Newspapers will die first. But you are right, people will go without food before they give up on TV. We are ill age vidiots.The Minneapolis Public Library didn't survive. It got folded into the Hennepin County Library system because it over-expanded with an overpriced new downtown library. It was wasteful spending, when a renovation of their older library building would have done the job. Gross incompetence from management. This was several years ago and local Minnesota news, but it's a symptom of the growing economic malaise.

      • Rick Oliver says:

        As my wife is fond of pointing out: Teevee used to be free and wireless. Now you have to pay and run a bunch of thick cables through your house. And if you want to watch different programs on different teevees, you have to pay more. How is that progress?

        • Mike Gold says:

          It's a matter of what it's worth to you. You can still get broadcast television; the government will even kick in much of the cost for a digital converter if you don't want cable/satellite/phone teevee. I'm told (but I don't know) that the picture quality of such devices is superior to prior over-the-air.My prediction that people will maintain their pay teevee connection in some form is based upon statistics provided by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. As of December 2007, cable penetration is 58% of all television households. Add satellite, phone company, and Internet television to that and we're probably pretty close to two-thirds of the total market. I suspect the digital conversion will inure to the benefit of the pay teevee industry, and if the economy continues to worsen we'll see more seductive deals from these folks.Of course, that doesn't count the people who bootleg their connections. Presumably, they will continue to do so unless and until they're caught.

          • Rick Oliver says:

            It is, of course, all a matter of what it's worth to you. Currently, I pay for a satellite service, but if the satellite and cable services don't change their business model, they will start to lose market share to internet providers. Oh wait, the cable and satellite services already ARE internet providers; so maybe the business model will change as the distinction between teevee and internet provider disappears.

  5. mike weber says:

    Regardint movies in the Depression era – you also got a heck of a lot more for your money; even into the 1960s, you were liekly to get a cartoon with the main feature, but in those days, you very often got at least one cartoon, a newsreel, other "assorted short subjects" and, quite possibly, a second feature.For a quarter.Saturday matinnes? Don't even get me started… (I wasnt there, understand – my Dad turned seven the day before Black Thursday, but i can read film history books…)