As Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman noted, the newspaper thriller State of Play is "a deeply nostalgic movie" out of the 1970s -- "the days when political conspiracy was hot stuff, investigative reporters strode the Earth like so many grubby colossi, a journalist's greatest allegiance was to follow the story . . ." It's also a veritable roast of contemporary media -- from our culture of downsized reporting to the ascent of damn-the-facts blogging. The Landline TV spoof above is a thrift-shop version of that satire. The premise is that Bohemania.com, a hot blog run by laid-back twentysomethings, has become a life raft for laid-off newsies.
While the site's slacker-in-chief lists his blog ideas and priorities (wireless
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earbuds, news mashups), the "old print guys" rattle off story ideas
about political corruption in Walter Winchell staccatos, or try dipping
computer keyboard letters in printer's ink -- even as a newsboy hawks Web links that are typed onto slips of paper for a nickle. An
all-around yukfiesta as media stereotypes -- I mean, paradigms -- collide.