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Posts Tagged ‘Oscars’

In Defense of The Onion

By now, you’ve heard about the fury surrounding the tweet that The Onion sent out during the Oscars that read,  “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c–t, right? #Oscars2013” Now, that’s a pretty horrible joke. That’s the thing: It was a joke. It’s not a joke that I would make, but, it was a joke that mocked the culture surrounding the Oscars and how society treats their stars.

We build these celebrities up and then spend HOURS of red-carpet coverage beating them up over their wardrobe and lifestyle choices. The Onion is satirical and their tweet was a way to drive home the point that we can be a dark society that rips people to shreds. If you didn’t like their tweet, but DO watch TMZ, congratulations, you’re a hypocrite. Unless, of course, you’re just offended by “The C-word” and not the actual sentiment of the joke.  If that’s the case, who really cares if you’re offended?  Read more

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Dave Karger on How Journalists Can Land TV Appearances

Dave Karger made quite a splash when, after almost two decades at Entertainment Weekly, he went to work for Fandango as chief correspondent. Now that he’s settled into the role, he tells Mediabistro what he’s been working on lately and offers up some advice for print journos looking to transition to TV. Here’s an excerpt:

How can someone position themselves for TV appearances of the kind that you make regularly? For a writer looking to get into that, is it just about getting the right job (where producers come to you), or is it about actively pitching yourself?
I think the important thing is just to know what you’re talking about and really study it. Find something that you’re extremely interested in, so that becoming an expert in it doesn’t feel at all like a job or a chore. If I didn’t have the job that I have, I would still be obsessed with the Oscars and I would still know who Quvenzhané Wallis is. It just happens to be that this is what I get to talk about for work.

I feel like all the great stuff I’ve gotten to do over the years, whether it’s the Today show or being the Academy greeter, it was never a calculated plan. I just tried to be comfortable in front of the camera and really develop an expertise. I think the fact of the matter is that I’m really interested in this, and that just shows when I talk about it or in the past when I have written about it.

For more, read So What Do You Do, Dave Karger, Chief Correspondent for Fandango?