may 1

Old People Hate The Internet

A few months ago, a NYT Mag columnist speculated that maybe the reason Friday Night Lights was a ratings failure had to do with its lack of internet presence. Yesterday, in one of the most buzzed clips in months, the guy who wrote the book that inspired the series (and is a Vanity Fair editor, natch) showed up on Costas Now to go totally freakazoid about blogs. Is there a looming blogphobia sweeping the country? I dunno, but Leitch thinks so. UPDATE: NYT weighs in.


not a novel, though.

posted by adm at 10:49 AM on May 1, 2008

Blech, I knew that!


posted by Rex at 10:51 AM on May 1, 2008

Wow is that Heffernan column grasping at straws. Spot the gap in the logic here.

1. Many popular shows have an interactive web presence.

2. Friday Night Lights does not have an interactive web presence.

3. Friday Night Lights is not super-popular.

4. That must be because it lacks an interactive web presence.

Alternate explanation: People generally don't watch TV dramas that aren't about cops or hospitals.

posted by Keith at 4:40 PM on May 1, 2008

Yeah, I wrote something similar when it came out -- there's a causation fallacy in there.

posted by Rex at 4:47 PM on May 1, 2008

Gotta run -- I have to make some corrections on the Two and a Half Men wiki.

posted by Keith at 4:56 PM on May 1, 2008

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