Naked Reality: Painting pictures of reality requires the cowards to be squeamish.

KTLA anchor Chris Burrous died very young. He was married with a child, but died in a motel room of a crystal meth overdose philandering with a paramour.

Variety kept out the gory details with the neo-Victoirans deciding Burrous was a “nice guy” even as he was holed up in motel rooms stoned as his child could have died a thousand deaths.

The Blaze, on the other hand, left out no detail. This is making the Middle Class people very squeamish.

Too bad for them.

It is tiresome how the phrase “nice guy” is overused with reckless abandon. What makes a “nice guy”?

According to the comments on variety, having a sunny smile.

Yeah, that’s a real sign of a nice guy.

I do believe in airing all of the details. People need to deal with reality. Families may want to hide those details, but they’ve no right to do it. People need to stop trying to be amateur publicists, and often, their motives are not all that noble. They may wish to bank on that pseudo-pristine image, or they are also doing sketchy things and it want it hidden. We cannot assume people are being protective of a loved one.

And it is time to break away from the shackles of the Patriarchal. If we stop thinking in terms of good guy and bad guy, and think in terms of facts, we get a more accurate picture of who we are as a society. We don’t get cocky or insecure: it is what it is, and that’s all there is to it.

Why is naked reality so important?

Because often we miss very serious things because of our tendency to sweep things under the rug.

Crystal meth is not a little harmless drug. it is highly addictive and causes psychological problems.

What we have is extreme self-indulgence that brought on a fatal consequence. We actually know nothing about this man — and a smile reveals not very much.

Journalism was supposed to make the world naked. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, and the mysterious so that we would know where we stand. Spinning narratives, hiding uncomfortable facts, and making excuses it the way to tell lies, not see the truth.

There are severe consequences. A dead body, and a child who has one parent less.

A person can be troubled, but if they are not nice to themselves, that is a red flag that needs to be acknowledged and factored in. You can throw temper tantrums all you want, but a dead body is something we should try to avoid, and enabling troubled behaviour is the best way to keep a body count very high…

Asset-squeezing continues...

Variety is sounding the alarm on Hollywood’s creeping into asset-squeezing territory.

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Particularly, this passage:

“If you listen to [AT&T’s] current message, they appear to be laser-focused on generating cash through assets sales to reduce their debt load,” Begley says.

If grabbing cheap-debt financing was the trend of the past decade, taking a hard look at nonessential assets is becoming the go-to move of the next few years.

“Every single major media company is looking at selling assets to de-lever,” says Carlos Jimenez, managing director and media specialist at Moelis & Co. investment bank. “What’s even more interesting is we’re seeing companies going back to fundamentals and being more focused. There was a time where people were just buying assets to grow an empire across as many verticals as possible. What we’re starting to see is a focus on questions like ‘Where do I deploy my capital to make sure I have biggest return on investment?’ and ‘Do I have enough capital to compete in this [pay-TV] ecosystem?’”

And so, the cannibalization spreads in the communications and entertainment segments...

The Chaser Dilemma, Part Four: The Internet's dirty little secret is that it is in decline. But it is still surpassing print.

Pew has a study that says that social media surpasses newspapers as the more common source for people to get their news (with television still seen as dominant).

But Pew does not define what it means by “news” because we have had many news stories break on people’s Facebook or Twitter posts, which is a form of citizen journalism.

And what a journalist sees as “news”, and what a regular citizen sees as “news” are very often two different beasts; so this study is not a good one, and one not worth using to prove anything.

People have been using social media for their primary source for a long time, and it has supplanted traditional news because what people see as news often is looked down upon by professionals.

And that can’t be ignored.

But something else can’t be ignored: that Internet-only outfits, such as Vox and BuzzFeed are not doing well, with Variety predicting mergers.

So if social media is becoming a dominant force, but one that is in decline, it poses some very interesting questions.

For me, too.

Because if social media is not the future, then where does a new media outlet plan to go?

That’s my question right now. I can start here, but it is not going to be the place where I land.

And it is a very interesting quandary I think about…

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