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Jon Friedman

For roughly 14 years MarketWatch published Jon Friedman's Media Web column, a widely read destination for media industry professionals. A former reporter, columnist and editor for Bloomberg, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Investors Daily and other publications, he is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (ReInvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (2012, Penguin) and the co-author of "House of Cards: INside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (1992, Putnam).

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A Modest Proposal for Curbing Senseless Tragedies

We've grown numb as a nation to the tragedies on a college campus in Virginia, a movie theater in Colorado, bucolic Newtown, Conn., and now at the Boston Marathon. When will it stop? we plead.
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  • April 17, 2013 12:05 PM
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Boston Marathon Aftermath: TV News Gets an A+ at Selling Fear

In the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon tragedy, the U.S. television media have done an excellent job -- at selling fear.
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  • April 17, 2013 11:08 AM
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Boston Tragedy: 5 Ways TV News Could've Done Better

Judging by what I have read this week on social-media websites, much of America has disliked the television coverage, in particular. The public appears to be rather disgusted. For instance, I garnered 11 "likes" on Facebook soon after I posted the following on Tuesday afternoon:
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  • April 17, 2013 10:55 AM
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Dish Network Offers $25.5 bln for Nextel in Merger Mania

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  • April 15, 2013 5:31 PM
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Aereo is the New New Thing

The saga of rising-star Aereo is so predictable. An entrepreneur, in this case the highly successful Barry Diller, comes up with a brand of technology that catches on with the public. In response, the establishment feels threatened and vulnerable about losing its competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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  • April 15, 2013 3:28 PM
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Game of Thrones and the Miracle of Geek Chic

What makes HBO's Game of Thrones such an overwhelming success?
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  • April 15, 2013 9:46 AM
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Mad Men: What IS Don Draper? A Hedonist? A Nihilist? A Pragmatist?

All anybody really needs to know about what makes Don Draper tick took place early Sunday night in the second episode of this season.
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  • April 15, 2013 9:43 AM
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Friday Question of the Day: Who Was the Funniest Actress in American TV History?

This is the first installment of a feature called the Friday Question of the Day. Today, we're going to determine who was/is the funniest actress in American television history. To find out my choice, I'm afraid you're going to have to read this piece all the way to the end (I'm no dope).
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • April 12, 2013 6:29 PM
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10 Questions for Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek

I have watched Jeopardy! for most of my life. And I know you have, too. Come on. Who hasn't?
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  • April 11, 2013 8:22 PM
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Game of Thrones: I Guess I AM Too Dumb to Love This Show

A few days ago, I asked in a blog post whether I was too smart or too dumb to love Game of Thrones, the HBO vikings hit.
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  • April 11, 2013 6:13 PM
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