Sunday, July 27, 2008

Arguments Are Entertaining

I've listened to a couple podcasts of arguments lately, which have been fascinating and entertaining.

The member's of Slate's Political Gabfest [go] nuclear over a story in the National Enquirer alleging that John Edwards recently met with a mistress in a Los Angeles hotel.  This conversation starts at minute 29 of the audio.  The members of the panel are having a discussion about the story when another Slate editor takes exception to their discussion (minute 37), which leads to a slightly more candid conversation about the story than normal, dropping f-bombs on each other to my delight.  Even more interesting than the Slate Editor working out why he thinks this is a newsworthy story "on the air," which is fascinating in and of itself.

The presidents of the two guilds representing actors to producers, the Screen Actor's Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, discussed their differences on KCRW's The Business.  To paraphrase the host, what's important here is not so much the content, but the tone of the conversation.

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