Friday, January 28, 2005

RAZOR ATTACK. Guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out whether anyone at Procter & Gamble plans to change the name of Gillette Stadium. Probably not. Still, it's huge news that Boston is losing yet another major local institution to out-of-towners. It would have given the late Boston Globe columnist David Nyhan another reason to lament what's happened to the city as well.

Both the Globe and the Herald lead with the Gillette story today, as well they should. Sadly, this isn't even the end of an era. Rather, it's just the latest in an era that began a long time ago. In many ways, Boston today is just another franchise town. If it weren't for the city's universities and medical institutions, it would be - well, I'll say Cleveland, because that seems to be what you're supposed to say in these situations, even though I've never been there.

MEDIA VICTORY. I'll have to wait until later to comment on the government's decision not to fight a court decision that overturned its plans to deregulate media ownership even further. But this is a huge victory for anyone who worries about corporate media consolidation. Here is the New York Times story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Never been to Cleveland? One can read about it. The decline of Cleveland. In Mark Winegardner's Crooked River Burning. An account. And good read. Good stuff.