When Good Toys Go Bad
I’m watching to see how much follow up occurs to the [tainted toys] debacle. Since the story left the front pages of the major newspapers there have been a few articles scattered about that are mostly reactions to Mattel’s predictable PR damage control. And, of course the inevitable camera hogging [congressional hearing]. More importantly, the EU market commissars are starting to [make noise] about regulations. As we know from the Microsoft rulings, Belgium doesn’t tremble before business interests and this might actually lead to a change in business practices among the greedy toy companies.
The Good Seed
Nicholas Wade, the New York Times science writer who has [genetic fundamentalism] tattooed onto his brain, has another article about evolutionary factors underlying social phenomena — in this case “morality” — that, despite the absurd title, [Is ‘Do Unto Others’ Written Into Our Genes?], is really a review of psychosocial research on ethical values and has little to do with genetic determinism.
A Star is Born
According to [Variety], the fey wunderkind from the Deep South, [Chris Crocker], has signed a deal for his own reality TV show. According to producer Rasha Drachkovitch, “It’s going to pretty much be the ‘Chris Crocker experience’. We consider him a rebel character that people will find interesting. He’s going to be a TV star.” The usual haters are up in arms about this latest travesty of our media-besotted culture. Not me. For once, this promises to be a reality TV show worth collecting. I can’t wait.