RNC Convention Mishaps

Saw a probably clickbait title “Mishaps overshadow message at the Republican National Convention.” It got me thinking that this is probably another case of media attention hyperbole.

The media fixation story I recall was several years ago about child kidnappings. Every week it made national headlines about a child who disappeared or was taken by a parent. The amount of the occurrences had not significantly changed, but people were fooled into thinking that somehow there was an epidemic of kidnappings. Similarly, there was a summer where the media was all over every shark sighting, making it seem like there was a War On Humans by the shark community. Again, the numbers of attacks was about normal, it was just the attention that caused it to seem worse.

Right now, the fixation seems to be on the presidential election. Donald Trump especially draws the attention due to his “Don’t Care” attitude about everyone and everything. He makes a mistake which gets reported and then error corrects which also gets reported.

Which brings me back to the convention. Normally the convention gets some coverage. But, it feels like everyone is more invested in this one than normal. The Stop Trump campaign had a last ditch effort to block his nomination that was almost certainly going to fail, so I suspect some of the coverage was in hopes they might somehow make it more dramatic. But, all these news people have to justify the expense of sending them by coming up with… well… something. So mishaps that would be considered normal and maybe barely mentioned are all of a sudden “Yuuuuge!” It is okay, people. The Democratic National Convention will have its share of mishaps. I am sure the Don will make sure the media is aware of them so they get equal attention.

Live Action Robotech!?!?!?!?

You’ve gotta be kidding me! I understand the live action Transformers movie.  As the 30 Somethings start to hold the reigns in Hollywood, movies start to reflect our nostalgia. I was totally into it. I saw it twice in the theater. 😀 What surprises me about the same being done with Robotech is the poor quality of the story, characters, and acting (one actress plays Lisa in ep 1, another most of the rest of the series, and a third in the final few). I watched the whole series in college for the first time and have the cartoons on DVD. The DVDs I have watched them of once. I read all 20 something books 4 times through in middle school, so I know the story line front, back, and sideways. I even read one of the comic books.

This is proof “the best media are the things encountered around the age of 12”. Paul said that last night.

Original title screen from the 1985 broadcast of Robotech
Original title screen from the 1985 broadcast of Robotech

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire will produce and may star in a film based on the classic SF anime Robotech, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Brothers Pictures picked up the rights to Robotech, which features giant robots known as mechas. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount’s hit Transformers.

Drew Crevello also is producing through his Supercool Hollywood BigTime Productions. Craig Zahler has been tapped to write the screenplay.

The article has a description of the series.  Though IMDB’s Robotech plot summary is pretty good.

I don’t get it

Moon men == bomb threat? Well, I expected Aqua Teen Hunger Force to bomb when I first saw it. So, thanks to the Boston police this media campaign which intended to be subtle and inexpensive is getting a tsunami of free media coverage. No matter the outcome of the two guys going to prison or not, Turner Broadcasting 1 : Boston Police -4.