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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

IdolCritics (The Offseason III)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The LA Times Idol blog put the AT&T flap into some perspective:
According to a network spokeswoman, more than 100 million votes were received after the May 19 final performance between Allen and Lambert. Even if the AT&T workers passed out 1,000 phones -- the company said it was "a small number" of devices, without offering specifics -- and coached each user to text 100 votes, that would add up to only 100,000 votes, or less than one-tenth of 1% of the votes cast.
But a commenter asks a fair question:

Why does this article figure that one person could have texted a maximum of 100 votes on finale night?

Voting was open for four hours after the show.

Someone with a phone with free service, sending 10 texts at a time, could have send thousands of texts over those four hours.

Another commenter really gets into the math:

Sending out 10 at a time? You could do that in five minutes. I have an iPhone, which does not do blanket texts (that I've been able to figure out). It takes less than five seconds to send a text, times four hours, times 10. I'm no math whiz, but I have a calculator. At five seconds per text, that's 12 per minute, times 60 = 720 per hour, x 4 = 2,880 per four hours, x 10 = 28,800. Going at a moderate pace, one person could easily send 30,000 votes.

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IdolCritics (The Offseason II)

How this is helpful I don't know.
At the Peabody [Arkansas] watch party, Bobbie Kierna of Greenbrier voted 10,840 times on one of the phones provided by AT&T at a roped-off area with signs advertising it as a "Texting Zone." She said she stayed until 11:48 p.m. to vote for Allen, who was in school with her daughter at the University of Central Arkansas

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IdolCritics (the Offseason)

This was bound to happen. I think we all assumed the execs at Fox or 19 Entertainment would be outed, not one of the corporate sponsors. From the Times story:
Representatives of AT&T, whose mobile phone network is the only one that can be used to cast “American Idol” votes via text message, provided the free text-messaging services at two parties in Arkansas after the final performance episode of “American Idol” last week, according to the company and people at the events.
Oops.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm happier for an Allen victory than I would have been for Lambert, but I've soured a bit on the Idol franchise after this go 'round. Has it jumped the shark?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 12:17 PM | link | 2 comments |

A Reporter of Plaigirism Plaigirizes

Monday, May 18, 2009

Maureen Dowd admits to plaigirism. Oh the irony. Somewhere Joe Biden is smiling.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kris Allen's "Heartless'' is the best thing to happen on Idol since David Cook rocked Mariah Carey. If he's not in the finale it won't be worth watching.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 3:39 PM | link | 0 comments |

Life Inc. (The Movie)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Douglas Rushkoff's latest book is preceded by a nine-minute film. Great stuff.


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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lambert got an Entertainment Weekly cover? Does he even need to win now?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 6:58 PM | link | 0 comments |

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

IdolCritics results: Iraheta's out and I'm done. It's been fun, kinda
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:48 PM | link | 2 comments |

Technology Is Not The Problem

Steve Lopez of the LA Times checks in on the students of the California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High School in downtown Los Angeles as they languish in the desert of a seven day teacher-enforced media fast. Deprived of their phones and iPods for a whole week and writing about it ("With pen and paper"), these high schoolers hear birds singing and devour actual books and reconnect in face-to-face interactions with family and friends. It's beautiful.

Except, I'm not buying it.

It's far too simple to assert, as this experiment and countless rants about "kids these days" do, that the media and technology are the problem, and that if you only remove that the kids will be alright. The Sidekicks and iPods connect kids to one anothter in ways that seem meaningless and shallow to adults but that to the kids themselves, I'm persuaded, are actually quite meaningful.

The technology ain't the enemy.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gokey should go. Top three: Iraheta, Allen, Lambert. I'd love to see Lambert get sent
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:56 PM | link | 0 comments |

Cowell: "[Lambert] may have given this one (Iraheta) a chance of staying in this competition.'' You're not even trying to hide it anymore
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:54 PM | link | 0 comments |

This Iraheta/Lambert duet totally shows her to be the more interesting performer
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:50 PM | link | 0 comments |

Paula rallies the crowd for Gokey and Cowell declares he'll be safe. They're so bagging for a Gokey/Lambert finale
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:48 PM | link | 0 comments |

The scream: what the he** just happened? That was horrendous!
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:45 PM | link | 1 comments |

Gokey is weak. Gokey's a rocker like I'm a surfer.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:44 PM | link | 1 comments |

For Gokey, the scream is operative. That can't be good. The judges love him though
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:43 PM | link | 0 comments |

Cowell's championing Lambert during Allen's critique is so unprofessional.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:41 PM | link | 0 comments |

Kara: you're a tool of the Producers. You're useless.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:40 PM | link | 0 comments |

Allen is better than Lambert. Take that.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:38 PM | link | 0 comments |

Allen rockin' the electric guitar is almost convincing
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:37 PM | link | 0 comments |

Isn't it a disadvantage to have to sing a solo that counts after a duet that doesn't?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:35 PM | link | 0 comments |

The Gokey/Allen duet is really, really bad. What's the point of this?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:32 PM | link | 0 comments |

Gokey in glasses kind of ruins "rock week,'' doesn't it?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:31 PM | link | 0 comments |

Alison: fighting with the judges is always a bad idea. Not tonight, though: you go girl!
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:30 PM | link | 0 comments |

A biopic on Janice Joplin? Do you not watch 30 Rock?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:28 PM | link | 0 comments |

Iraheta: the only Idol I recognize. She has depth and nuance that Lambert's screaming can't fathom
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:26 PM | link | 0 comments |

Cowell: "nobody can top [Lambert].'' This thing is so fixed
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:22 PM | link | 0 comments |

Kara: calling Lambert a "Rock God'' makes you look stupid stupid stupid
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:21 PM | link | 1 comments |

Nope: right down the middle and solid as a Fender
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:19 PM | link | 0 comments |

I'm afraid Lambert's gonna overdo it
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:17 PM | link | 0 comments |

Slash on American Idol: is nothing sacred?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:16 PM | link | 0 comments |

Duets are a bad idea
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:14 PM | link | 0 comments |

IdolCritics (top 4) mobile blogging: is the collapsed tower a ratings grab?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:12 PM | link | 0 comments |