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Twitter Faces Lawsuit Over ISIS-Inspired Terror

| Published January 11, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors

The families of several Americans killed by members of the Islamic State have filed a federal lawsuit charging that the social media application Twitter served as...(click to read more)


AT&T Bid For Time Warner Already Facing Problems

| Published Sept. 26, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor


The mega merger is facing tough opposition these days. In 2015 and after almost year of negotiations, Comcast was forced to drop its now infamous bid to...(click to read more)

Pauley to Replace Osgood on CBS Sunday Morning

| Published Sept. 26, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor


Charles Osgood, long time broadcaster and journalist of television and radio, as well as author, retired this weekend from CBS Sunday Morning, the program he has...(click to read more)

John McLaughlin, Creator of
Combative Political Talk,
Dies at 89

| Published August 17, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor


He was what many television critics and cultural historians say was the inventor of confrontational political TV. And he was arguably one of the most...(click to read more)

Fired by Campaign, Former Trump Manager Lands
Gig at CNN

| Published June 24, 2016 |
By Thursday Review staff

Corey Lewandowski, who was just this week dismissed from the top spot in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, has already landed a new gig—this time as a...(click to read more)

Morley Safer, 60 Minutes Legend, Dead at 84

| Published May 19, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor


A legendary reporter has died—one who can trace his hard work back to the Vietnam War and to the earliest days of one of the most popular news shows ever created for...(click to read more)

Ryan Says He’s
Not Running:
But Other Candidates
Share His Vision

| Published April 27, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor


U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he isn’t running for President. He has said it many times in recent weeks, and last week issued a...(click to read more)

Ted Cruz and family

Trump and Cruz Spar Over Wives

| Published March 23, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

The two main Republican candidates for President are trading barbs about their wives, and—in the case of Ted Cruz—paraphrasing famous movie lines in...

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Democratic Debate March 2016

Democratic Candidates Battle at Miami Dade College
| Published March 10, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Coming off his upset defeat of Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary on Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told an audience gathered on the sprawling campus of Miami Dade College that he intends...

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Comcast sign

Comcast Outage Impacts Millions on President’s Day
| Published February 16, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

A massive outage by the nation’s largest provider of internet, television and phone left millions of cable subscribers without service for hours on Monday in what was eventually determined...

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Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Former Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer Dies…One Year Ago
| Published January 22, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

Call it Celebrity Apocalypse. Or, as someone termed it, Dawn of the Talented Dead.

In the midst of all the sadness and grief, and all the...

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Rand Paul 2016 Presidential candidate

Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina Demoted to Undercard Debate by Fox
| Published January 12, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Fox Business Network is hosting the next Republican Presidential candidates’ debate this week, and for the first time in months...[ Read more ]


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Taking American Football Global
| Published December 28, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that as the Super Bowl prepares to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, American football is taking its first...[ Read more ]


Ted Cruz, 2016 Presidential candidate

Cruz Surges to First Place in Iowa
| Published December 14, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Though nationally Donald Trump remains in first place among those who identify themselves as Republicans, the race for GOP nomination for President remains...[ Read more ]


University of Missouri

Communications Professor at Missouri Challenges Freedom of Press
| Published November 10, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

Confrontations at the University of Missouri this week have triggered arguments about the Bill of Rights, freedom of the press, and student rights, as dozens of...[ Read more ]


Facebook Signage

Will Facebook Begin Charging Users? No!
And Stop Posting Unfounded Rumors!

| Published October 7, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Here at Thursday Review we would never necessarily defend Facebook, nor intentionally engage in trash talk about Mr. Zuckerberg’s great, game-changing invention. You know the familiar expression—Facebook, can’t...[ Read more ]


Carly Fiorino

Fiorina May Appear in CNN Debate After All
| Published September 2, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

CNN adjusted the guidelines it plans to use to determine the eligibility of candidates for the next Republican debate, scheduled for September 16. Candidate Carly Fiorina may be...[ Read more ]


Bloodbourne

Bloodborne: A Review
| Published May 24, 2015 |

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review contributor

From Software has made a name for themselves in the past few years with the Dark Souls series of games, particularly among the...

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Brian Williams

Tom Brokaw Weighs-In on Brian Williams
| Published April 15, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

NBC News anchorman Brian Williams is approaching the halfway point in his suspension from that iconic anchor desk in New York’s Rockefeller Center. Whether he returns to...

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Facebook money

Facebook Will Introduce Smartphone Payment App
| Published March 18, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Facebook is about to expand its footprint among users by entering into the business of sending/receiving payments, and by enabling payments between its users through its popular...

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Resident Evil scene

Game Review: Resident Evil, Revelations 2
| Published March 9, 2015 |

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review contributor

Resident Evil is one of the best known survival horror game franchises, and one of my personal favorites, so I couldn't pass up an opportunity to try out the newest installment, Resident Evil Revelations 2, which means...

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Keith Olbermann

Olbermann Suspended After Penn State Twitter Dust-Up
| Published February 25, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Keith Olbermann now joins the new elite club of recent media personalities in the doghouse for bad commentary and bad behavior, but, unlike his immediate predecessors Brian Williams of NBC and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, Olbermann’s sin is not...

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Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry:
A Game Review

| Published February 18, 2015 |

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review contributor

The Devil May Cry series by Capcom is one of my all-time favorite video games, and with the recent announcement of DmC: Devil May Cry Deluxe Edition and Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, I was inspired to replay through the series in order of release, and compile...

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Brian Williams of NBC

NBC News: Credibility Versus Commerce
| Published February 10, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

About 16 minutes into Monday night’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News, substitute anchor Lester Holt reminded those viewers who have been out of the loop for the last few weeks that the...

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Kim Jong-un and computers

U.S. to Impose Sanctions on North Korea

By Thursday Review staff

Convinced that North Korea was behind the cyber-attacks which crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment last month, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a new...

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The Watchdog That Didn't Bark cover

The Watchdog That Didn't Bark

Book review, R. Alan Clanton Thursday Review editor

A few weeks ago an anniver-sary was celebrated in the media and among cable TV professionals. CNBC, the...

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Ben Bradlee, Legendary Washington Post Editor

Ben Bradlee, Legendary Washington Post Editor, Dies
| Published October 22, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Late Tuesday night, when my fiancé glanced at news on her smartphone and told me that Ben Bradlee had died, she....

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No Internet Tax

U.S. House Votes to Keep Internet Tax-Free
| Published July 16, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Despite the fact that many states are struggling with revenue shortfalls from a paradigm shift in the way that Americans...

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Comcast router

Comcast's Experiment With the Hotspot
| Published June 18, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Very soon, if an experiment underway in Houston, Texas succeeds, cable television....

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New York library

New Yorkers Nix Plan to Gut Landmark Library

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

In April we published the first in a planned series of articles about how the digital age has reshaped libraries, and....

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Lost and Clueless: CNN in the Unfriendly Skies

By R. Alan Clanton Thursday Review editor

The week of March 9-15 (Sunday through Saturday) was a very busy news week, by any standard or measure.  There was the Ukrainian crisis—still roiling—a tense, dangerous military standoff with the chilling possibility...

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Facebook TV Ads

Are You Ready for TV Ads on Facebook?

By Thursday Review staff

As most Facebook users have noticed by now, there have been some changes of late. Among them, a slightly...

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Nook device

Not Hooked On Nook

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

Around the holidays, and for weeks afterwards, we hear a lot about the biggest...

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montage of news sources overlaying Uranus
 

Gotta' Love Those Headlines

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

It was hanging in a wire rack down near the end of the counter, looking very much like a cross between porno-graphy and 10 pounds of candy, only much worse.....

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To Save Everything Click Here book cover
 

Shrines of Technology

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
; Evgeny Morozov

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

It was our first experience with being “kicked out” of social media, and the story is an ideal way to begin this....

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Distant Witness

Citizen Journalism in the 21st Century

Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution
; Andy Carvin

Review by R. Alan Clanton

Thursday Review Editor

In December 2010 a young food vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi, working the streets of Sidi Bou Zid in Tunisia....

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Professors Liberal
 

Edward R. Murrow: the Great American Reporter

Book review: Murrow: His Life And Times; A.M. Sperber.

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

On January 21, 1950, a former State Department official and Carnegie Endowment director named Alger Hiss....

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Media Images from the GOP Convention, Tampa, 2012

 
Donna Brazille (left) with alternate delegate

Above: Democratic strategist and frequent CNN contributor Donna Brazille (left) with alternate delegate near the CNN skybox.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain waiting in the wings for a brief sit-down interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on the floor of the convention.

For more photos from the RNC, click here.


 
A Reporter’s Life; Peter Jennings; Edited by Kate Darnton,Kayce Freed Jennings and Lynn Sherr; Public Affairs Books
 

The Consummate TV News Anchor

Book Review:

R. Alan Clanton

A Reporter's Life; Peter Jennings; Public Affairs

Peter Jennings was once called—joshingly by some, derisively by others—the Boy Anchor. Elevated to the job of principal full time anchor of the fledgling ABC News....[Continue reading]

scene from Mary Tyler Moore Show

Reflections on the Passing of
Mary Tyler Moore

| Published January 31, 2017 |

By Thursday Review
editors & staff

Her death on January 25 sent waves of sadness through two entire generations of television fans, as well as...(click to read more)


scene from Network

Network:
Still Relevant After 40 Years

| Published September 20, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The subspecies of social satire in Hollywood has a long tradition dating back to the 1960s, but it also has a reputation among the elites of film criticism that sometimes...(click to read more)


Hillary Clinton at an outdoor rally

Emails:

Foundation Brass Lobbied State Department on Behalf of Donors

| Published August 29, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

A recently-released thread of emails examined by ABC News illuminates a pattern of high-level access to the office of Secretary of State during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as top U.S. diplomat by those who...(click to read more)


Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes Ousted as CEO of Fox News

| Published July 21, 2016 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Roger Ailes, the conservative media operative who literally built Fox News into a major television operation and one of the highest rated news organizations in the U.S., has been forced out by members of the family of Rupert Murdoch, owners of 21st Century Fox, which includes Fox News among its...(click to read more)


John Kirby

State Department Altered Public Record on U.S.-Iran Deal

| Published June 3, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

As if the U.S. Department of State did not already have enough to contend with in recent months over a variety of accusations regarding its handling of...(click to read more)


Tampa Tribune building

Tampa Bay Times Buys Tampa Tribune;
Ends Two Paper Era

| Published May 4, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

It was one of the few major U.S. metropolitan areas still able to sustain two major daily newspapers, and the fact that the market maintained this business competition well into the...(click to read more)


RNC Convention Hall

Kasich’s Ohio Victory & the “Brokered Convention”

| Published March 17, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

For the Republican Party, the jury is still out on Donald Trump. It’s ironic, really.

By all rights and by most definitions, the billionaire is the...(click to read more)


Republican Debate, CNN

Republicans Debate in Miami in Insult-Free Forum

| Published March 11, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

There was no mud-slinging, there were no insults traded, there was no body part humor, there were no snide remarks about wet pants or sweaty faces. The word “liar” was never used, except as...(click to read more)


Fox News Debate, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump

A Chaotic Republican Debate in the Fox Theater, Detroit

| Published March 4, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Only a few days after businessman Donald Trump won seven out of 11 states in the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses—thus sparking an apocalyptic panic among the Republican establishment and GOP leaders—and only hours after...(click to read more)


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North Korea Able to Track Digital Files?

| Published December 29, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

According to the BBC, the operating system most commonly used by North Korea—Red Star OS—contains hidden code which allows...(click to read more)


Willard Scott with Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley

Willard Scott to Retire from NBC

| Published December 13, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

His may be arguably the longest-running career with one network on television. And after 35 years with the same show, he may have broken...(click to read more)


Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson:

Prosecutor, Actor, Politician

| Published November 2, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton, Thursday Review editor

His vocal chords were among the most distinctive and recognizable in Hollywood, and in American politics. At least one famous Presidential candidate joked “If I had his tonsils, I would be...(click to read more)


GOP Presidential Debate in Boulder Colorado

Republican Debate: Raucous Anti-Media Rumble

| Published November 2, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

The top 11 Republican contenders for President all went into Wednesday night’s debate looking to break out of what remains a crowded field. Moderators...(click to read more)


Trump bashing

Trump Thumps O’Reilly, Kelly, Rubio, Polls

| Published September 25, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is battling the press yet again, and this time it’s not with the “mainstream” media. The businessman and television personality is furious at Fox News over analysis and commentary by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Brit Hume, Charles Krauthammer and others. He is also...

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Alex Karras, Howard Cosell, and Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford, Rest in Peace
| Published August 19, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review features editor

 

Frank Gifford was a shining star on both the gridiron and in the announcer's booth, admired worldwide for his professionalism and likeability, although he shunned the limelight for decades. Known worldwide for his role on ABC's Monday Night Football, he also led the New York Giants to a National Football League title and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, before finally...

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image composed by Thursday Review of Cleveland skyline with video camera and podium

First GOP Debate May Force Some Candidates to Sidelines
| Published July 6, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff writers

The next Presidential election for Americans is not this year; it’s more than a year away, in November 2016. Still, a scant one month from today, Republican candidates for President will stroll onto a stage in Cleveland for the first of what may be...

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Charter lobby

Liberty/Charter to Offer $55 Billion for
Time Warner
| Published May 25, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

The ink was barely dry on the paperwork making Comcast’s bid to buy Time Warner null and void when the rumors began circulating that other major players were interested in Time Warner.

Comcast’s massive merger deal collapsed last month when it became apparent that...

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Comcast nixes Time Warner

Comcast Time Warner Merger Scrapped
| Published April 24, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff writers

It was the granddaddy of all mergers, the mother of all corporate acquisitions. And it would have created the world’s biggest media company, an entity so large that many consumer advocates—and apparently numerous members of Congress and a host of Federal regulators—suggested that the deal would have effectively created...

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Be Wary of Fake Government Websites
| Published April 7, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

According to the FBI, criminals have created slick-looking high tech “government” websites which can sometimes draw lure more online traffic than the real government websites.

The problem has become so costly and so serious that the FBI issued a widely disseminated warning to Americans this week to use extreme caution when...

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President Obama

The FCC Rules on Net Neutrality
| Published March 5, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

In one of the most-watched high-stakes votes ever conducted by the agency, the Federal Communications Commission voted last week to embrace the concept of net neutrality. Its vote means that the FCC—using the provisions found under Title II of the Telecommunications Act—classifies providers of internet access and digital bandwidth in the same category as public utilities such as power companies and water suppliers.

But the decision is far from the...

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Bill O'Reilly

O’Reilly’s Falklands War Experiences Challenged
| Published February 24, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

For conservatives and Fox News loyalists, part of Bill O’Reilly’s charm flows from his self-comfort with the facts and his seemingly unflappable certainty. Conversely, it is these exact traits which most grate on the ears and eyes of progressives, liberals, and anyone allergic to the Fox News narrative and style. Love him or hate him, it is his semi-graceful certitude that keeps him perched where he is now, near the top of the television news ratings.

But, the same thing was...

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Game controllers

Gamergate, Politics & The Culture Wars
| Published February 13, 2015 |

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review contributor

Since last August there has been a movement in the video game industry known as GamerGate, with the GamerGate supporters claiming to be against corruption in games journalism, while the anti-GG crowd claiming that GamerGate is just a bunch of misogynists that want to harass women. So which side is right? Well, as someone who has been following the movement very closely on both sides, I can tell you it's not that simple. Political fault lines, the Culture Wars, definitions about technology, privacy concerns, and even arguments about what constitutes “games” gets in the way, making...

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Brian Williams, NBC news anchor

Williams Under Fire (A Different Kind of Fire)
| Published February 7, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Brian Williams, anchor of NBC News since 2005, may be the most popular face of the evening news in the last decade, especially after the recent departure of Diane Sawyer from ABC News. But the genial, likeable, even-handed deliverer of the Nightly News has problems which appear now to be causing damage to his credibility as the nation’s number one-rated news anchor.

NBC Universal, which is owned by Comcast, has launched an internal probe into....

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Kazuo Hirai, Sony CEO

Top Sony Exec Comments on Cyber Attack
| Published January 1, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editors

At a trade show in Las Vegas this week, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai broke months of silence to tell an audience that he “would be remiss” if he didn’t publicly discuss the storm of controversy surrounding November’s cyber-attack against one of his biggest sub-sidiaries—Sony Pictures Entertainment, located in Culver City, California.  Hirai....

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2014 collage

Review in Review, 2014
| Published January 1, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

Thursday Review gained a lot of new readers in 2014, and many of those newcomers to our website came by way of specific articles and topics. In 2013, for example, some of our most clicked-upon articles included Earl Perkins’ retrospective look at the 40th anniversary of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Pronounced Lynyrd Skynyrd,” Alan Clanton’s look back at the release of Bruce Springsteen’s “Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ,” Kevin Robbie’s examination of the 50th anniversary of the assassination....

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AMC Theatre

What Now for Sony Pictures?
| Published December 18, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Though the massive attack was suspected of having links to North Korea, neither the private security teams, like Fire Eye’s Mandiant cyber unit, nor the FBI were confirming the connection to the government of Kim Jong-un.  Now, however, the White House and the FBI—along with several other U.S. authorities—are confirming what is known: the data breach which occurred at Sony Pictures Entertainment last month was the....

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Sony Pictures Entertainment sign

Sony Attorney Strikes Back
| Published December 16, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

When containment doesn’t work by being polite, or by making no comment publicly—use high powered legal threats instead.  The recent Sony Pictures data breach, which has by most estimates turned out to be much worse than originally indicated, has gone from merely bad to being what some security analysts now consider to be one of the....

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Angry Bird in front of Nintendo building

Are Mobile Games Killing the Console?

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review contributor

Tablets and smartphones are a part of our everyday lives. They serve a variety of purposes, whether it's sending email, browsing the web, or even playing games. Last year mobile game sales reached $13.2 billion, and according to industry experts, mobile games could see sales of more than $22 billion by the end of next year. But what people don't realize about these games is how they affect the gaming industry as a whole....

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The Last of Us

The True Art of Video Games

By Isaac Fink
Thursday Review contributor

Video games are not typically referred to as art. They are often criticized for their lack of imagination, their absence of powerful narrative, and for failing to teach a meaningful lesson. They are sometimes written off as “murder simulators” or as simply toys for children—technology that will “rot your brain.”  But they are also an art form, one that in many ways surpasses others. In this piece, I will go in depth on the artistic value of video games.  The....

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cell phone and graph

Up Your Sales

By Brien Sorne
Thursday Review contributor

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. —John Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Some years ago, my sons and I set off with a group of other dads and their sons for a wilderness adventure. The idea was to travel to a remote area, rent some canoes and spend the next three days in the wilderness of the West Florida panhandle, camping and canoeing our way down....

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Cable Customer with barcode on forehead

Do Recent Cable Mergers Signal Worse Customer Satisfaction?
| Published May 20, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Even though big mergers have become more commonplace in a highly deregulated technological marketplace, a few recent marriages have been staggering to behold.  Disney’s massive merger with ABC ESPN (followed by its acquisition of Pixar) was a monster deal. Comcast, which just a......

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Social Media logos

Going Mobile, and Stable

By Thursday Review staff

To paraphrase The Who, the world is going mobile fast. If you doubt that, just check out this telling statistic: at a May 1 conference in San Francisco, a huge meeting with over a....

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Librarian helping a student

How a College Library Thrives in a Digital Age
| Published April 18, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Bainbridge, Georgia is like many small towns across the Deep South. The busy east-west main street through town sums up the diversity and complexity of the city, with three or four blocks....

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Comcast and Congress

Comcast: Don't Worry, Be Happy
| Published April 9, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

When Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts announced in February that the Philadelphia-based cable giant was proposing marriage to rival Time Warner, tens of millions of cable and internet....

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7Up Ad

Advertising: Which Half Works?

By Brien Sorne Thursday Review guest columnist

Another urban legend foiled: not just half of your advertising is working—it’s all working! That is to say, it is being viewed or heard or read by someone, somewhere within the consuming audience of that medium. As such, it is “working” to create a lasting impression, or drive sales, or position the business name, or even boost company morale. That doesn’t mean it is working to...

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Comcast logo with cable

Kings of Content: Why Comcast is Inevitable
| Published February 28, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

When Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts announced weeks ago that the cable company he captains has entered into an agreement to merge with the...

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Big Data books

By the Numbers: Big Data, Big Books

By Thursday Review staff

Have you ever signed-in to your Amazon account (or any other of your major retail or service accounts online) and wondered why they placed so many wonderful suggestions for you right there at the top of the page? Scroll down a click or two, and there are even more—books, movies, music, anything—tempting-looking purchases. It’s as if....

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Rupert Murdoch
Digital art by Rob Shields

Citizen Rupert

Murdoch's World: Last of the Old Media Empires; David Folkenflik; Public Affairs Books

Book review by R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review Editor

Though it had been a part of British life for 168 years, the final days of the tabloid newspaper News of the World were more of a farce than anything fiction writers could have concocted for a badly scripted political thriller. Its demise was both surreal and lowball comic: on July 10, 2011, the paper’s computer wonks—technicians and....
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Meet the Press book cover

Debating America Each Week

Book review by R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press; Solon Simmons. Launched near the close of World War II as a radio show—a sort of roundtable discussion between reporters and public figures, mostly politicians—Meet the Press quickly established its bona fides and imposing footprint in an age of new and expanding mediums. Despite a variety of formats ranging from multi-panelist to single moderator, it is now the longest running show ever to....

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Meet the Press book cover

The War Between Secrecy and Truth

Book review by R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers; James Goodale. It was the worst breach of military security in American history. Throughout 2010 a young Army specialist, Private First Class Bradley Manning, had been secretly releasing highly classified information to the web group known as WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, now a fugitive from multiple charges in numerous nations. Manning, using a variety of hacker’s tools and exploiting several obvious and shocking gaps in military....

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Anthony Hopkins as Richard M. NixonImage courtesy of Hollywood Pictures/Cinergi Films

Politics Imitates Art, or Vice Versa:
American Politics and Hollywood Film; Ian Scott

Book Review by R. Alan Clanton, Thursday Review Editor

Once, when I was just a little tyke, we drove over to my grandmother’s house for lunch, and, in one of her many opinionated decrees—and this I remember as clearly as if she had said it yesterday—proclaimed that actors should never be allowed... [read more]

Top Tier Big Bang Theory Stars
Agree to Pay Cuts

|Published March 2, 2017|

By Thursday Review
staff writers

In order to expedite raises for two fellow cast members, the five original stars of CBS’s Big Bang Theory have told their managers and studio executives that they will volunteer for...(click to read more)

Anonymous Says Trump Will Regret Next Four Years

|Published Jamuary 19, 2017|

By Thursday Review
staff writers

With the inauguration of Donald Trump only hours away, a group of cyber activists say that they will make the new U.S. President “regret the...(click to read more)

Onward Christian Whiners


| Published November 21, 2016 |
By Craig R. Seaton
Thursday Review contributor

Onward Christian whiners, share your piece of mind

With the cross of Jesus, dragging..[ Read more ]


Podesta Was Lured by Time Tested Hacker Trick
| Published November 2, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the bag for hackers, and computer and internet users have been warned to steer clear of the scam for decades—the cyber equivalent of..[ Read more ]


ABC News/Washington Post Poll Shows Clinton’s Lead Widening
| Published October 24, 2016 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Though some polls have in recent weeks show a still extremely tight race for U.S. president between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman billionaire Donald Trump, with..[ Read more ]


Schwarzenegger Will Not Support Trump
| Published October 9, 2016 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is—like a huge percentage of the American public—conflicted and unhappy about..[ Read more ]


glowing keyboard

DDoS Attack Impacts Millions
of End Users

| Published September 7, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

A major cyber-attack this week brought intermittent and interrupted access for thousands of websites and millions of users, according to information..[ Read more ]


screenshots of Thursday Review, now & then

A Funny Thing Happened on
Our Way to the Mainstream Media

| Published April 3, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The number one most common complaint I hear and read about Thursday Review is that we publish too much right-wing conservative stuff. The other number one common..[ Read more ]


Ted Cruz 2016 Presidential candidate

National Review to Endorse Ted Cruz
| Published March 12, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

It may seem of little consequence to the average Jane and Joe voters of Florida or Ohio, but to those who consider themselves hip on political news, it was a...[ Read more ]


Donald Trump 2016 Presidential candidate

Fox News Versus Donald Trump, Part XIV
| Published January 26, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

It’s the political drama series that just keeps giving, and giving. Or maybe it’s more like that old Yogi Berra quote: this is déjà vu all...[ Read more ]


scene from San Bernandino massacre

How Many Mass Shootings in 2015? Don’t Believe Everything on Facebook, or MSNBC
| Published December 10, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

Liberals, progressives, and a lot of people of no particular political stripe, had blasted us last week and over the weekend with posts and reposts of the grimmest of...[ Read more ]


GOP Debate 11-10-2015

Fox Business Republican Debate:
Was Rubio Winner on Points?

| Published November 11, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Though there were occasional outbursts of the sort of fireworks typical of recent Republican debates—especially on the topics...[ Read more ]


letter from RNC screenshot

RNC Nixes Partnership with NBC for Future Debate
| Published October 31, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Angry about how candidates were grilled by CNBC’s moderators during last week’s Republican debate in Boulder, Colorado, top RNC officials have...[ Read more ]


Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Candidate

Can Trump’s Bully Strategy Keep Working?
| Published August 29, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review staff

In the first major Republican debate, held in early August in Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump faced a key question right out of...

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Jorge Ramos of Univision

Trump Versus the Press
| Published August 26, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

The current chatter about President Barack Obama giving his “blessing” to Joe Biden in Biden’s widely-rumored pre-planning for a presidential run is a...

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Steve Brynes

Going the Distance: Steve Byrnes, Rest in Peace
| Published April 26, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

“Rest in peace” would be an ironic term to apply to the good-natured and well-liked Steve Byrnes: his more-or-less full time job for decades was television reportage and...

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Downtown Abbey cast

The End of the Abbey
| Published April 2, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review
features editor

Millions of fans worldwide could be forced to have a stiff upper lip, or perhaps breathe a huge sigh, knowing that even wonderful things must...

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Brian Williams of NBC

Did Brian Williams Seek "Entertainment" Options?
| Published March 11, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

The media rumor mill has been busy in the wake of Brian Williams’ apparently indefinite hiatus from NBC News.

Williams stepped aside, presumably for about six months, after he...

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Brian Williams of NBC

Williams Resigns From Congressional
Medal Board

| Published February 20, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

One of the sad ironies for NBC News’ anchor and former managing editor Brian Williams is that Chopper-Gate, the scandal in which he has been accused of exaggerating his journalistic exploits while in Iraq back in2003, came just weeks after he...

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Bob Simon of 60 Minutes

Bob Simon, Rest in Peace
| Published February 12, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

At CBS News—and among the world of some of the world’s best reporters—grief over the death of newsman Bob Simon was mixed with a sort of strange...

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NBC at the RNC

Brian Williams: A Brief Hiatus From NBC News?
| Published February 8, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Network news anchorpersons are often not merely the face of the news, as Americans generally understand it, but often the most identifiable aspect of...

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Paris Eiffel tower under siege

Charlie Hebdo, 3.2 Million Copies Sold Out
| Published January 15, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

If it was the intention of the al Qaeda-inspired terrorists to quash freedom of speech and freedom of expression in France—the nation which more-or-less invented...

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Stuart Scott of ESPN

Where Sports Met Style: Stuart Scott, Rest in Peace
| Published January 5, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

The traditional, old school phrase “rest in peace” might be laughable to him. After all, this was a guy who showed up to work almost...

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Google Headquarters

Gmail: China Versus Google
| Published December 30, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

It’s not exactly David versus Goliath, and besides, some would make a good argument that the battle is more like...

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Cover art of Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall:
Social Media the First 2000 Years
;
Tom Standage

| Published September 4, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Facebook recently celebrated its tenth birthday. The multibillion dollar company, founded in 2004 by Mark....

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little boy reading a book

Why Library Funding is Important
| Published August 8, 2014 |

By Earl Perkins, Thursday Review features editor

Without libraries, opposable thumbs may be one of the few things separating us from supposed lower life forms...

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Net Neutral graphic

Net Neutrality: Is Some Web Access More Neutral Than Others?
| Published July 11, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Back in February of this year, when Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast, announced Comcast’s proposed buyout of Time Warner, there was a storm of media coverage about what the merger of these two cable and internet giants...

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Justin Bieber on MSNBC
Image courtesy of MSNBC

This Just In (Or, How to Break the News)

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Yes, those rumors are true. Back a few months ago on MSNBC, reporter Andrea Mitchell was indeed....

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The News Gap cover

The News Gap

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review
associate editor

Sports, crime, entertainment and the weather are the subjects people really want to know about, but major media organizations primarily...

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Roger Ailes bio book cover

Of Showmanship & the News

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

A few months back we published a long-form review of Murdoch’s World; The Last of the Old Media....

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CNN mug and world paperweight

How to Zuck Up the News By Thursday Review staff

In the ongoing and never-ending business of melding entertainment into news— and vice versa—CNN’s new president and chief of...

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Wired City

Local Journalism, Wired
By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

A new book by North-eastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy examines the challenges and struggles which face small online....

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Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier book cover

Beware the Siren Servers

Who Owns the Future?; Jaron Lanier

Review by R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

September 3, 2013: Our relationship with techno-logy has taken a few turns toward the surreal lately.  A few months ago a...

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Essential reading:

Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite by Bernard Goldberg

Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite; Bernard Goldberg

Much has evolved since 28 year CBS News veteran Bernie Goldberg wrote this book ten years ago, but one thing has not changed: a...

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The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune

The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune; Richard Kluger; Alfred A. Knopf.

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

This book is 25 years old but still resonates for its retelling of the fall of genuine newspaper....[continue reading]


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