Saturday, July 9, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Artificial Stupids, SFTV Cancellations, Retro Shows)

In today's edition:

* Charles Stross continues his debunking of Singularitarianism with a new post for the Orbit books web site, "Artificial Stupids."

* The spring 2011 wave of cancellations for network shows was particularly hard on science fiction and fantasy television, nearly wiping the slate clean. Michael Hinman of Airlock Alpha reports on the falling ratings that factored into those decisions.

* From the L.A. Times, an interesting piece on the continued influence of the Mad Men phenomenon (my two cents on which I got in here), focusing on the inevitable network TV imitations--NBC's Playboy Club and ABC's Pan Am.

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