Net Worth

Net Worth: Online doctoring of celebrity rants is all the rage
February 6, 2009
Filmmaker Werner Herzog recalls witnessing a 1950s incident involving Klaus Kinski in which the famously nutty German actor locked himself in a bathroom for 48 hours.
Net Worth: College campus visits made available in cyberspace
January 30, 2009
With the economy still in its nosedive, the prospect of ponying up money for college tuition is daunting. But what if you’re a high school senior still unsure of which school to choose? Those several trips you’d planned in the spring to visit potential campuses also cost plenty of money. Should you simply cross a few off the list and take a random stab at where you’ll spend the next four to five-and-a-half years?
Net Worth: Global symphony collaboration mobilized by YouTube
January 16, 2009
There’s an old joke — Henny Youngman-old — concerning a concert violinist on his first visit to New York City.
Site offers ‘mentally stimulating diversion,’ time-wasting
January 9, 2009
Every columnist secretly wants to generate Pulitzer-worthy material.
Net Worth: Internet games unearth author’s addictive behavior
December 12, 2008
I have met my match. Since I was a teen, I have always prided myself on my nonaddictions.
Net Worth: Best Web Sites help rejuvenate lazy online routine
November 28, 2008
I need to get out more. And I’ll admit that “out” is a relative term. I’m speaking in terms of the Internet.
Net Worth: Reviled ‘Star Wars’ special forced upon Web generation
November 21, 2008
This week marks the 30-year anniversary of one of the most horrific events in American history.No, not the Jonestown cult tragedy — which was admittedly quite horrific. For the purpose of this column, I’m referring to the TV debut of “The Star Wars Holiday Special.”
Net Worth: New ‘illiteracy’ exposed during presidential election
November 7, 2008
“Future Shock” author Alvin Toffler is widely credited with being among the earliest to predict a “digital revolution.” He is responsible for a quote that has of late taken on even greater meaning: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
Election provokes peculiar and unsettlng Web videos
October 31, 2008
Since this is the last Net Worth before the presidential election - assuming it’s not postponed by rain - now is the ideal time to look at some of the more wacky clips related to the campaign. No, I don’t mean soundbite-style footage of the candidates that have been exploited by the opposite party.
Poltergeist’ ad campaign provides some real horror
October 24, 2008
The ad campaigns are plenty memorable. We’ve seen Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) take a break from his “Back to the Future” adventure to hawk the benefits of DirecTV. We’ve seen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in full “Aliens” gear battle the queen beast while addressing the camera about the satellite television network.
TV news teams forced to relive on-camera humiliations
October 10, 2008
The most recent episode of the revitalized “Saturday Night Live” featured a sketch involving TV’s fictional News 3, Sioux City. The premise was based on the Midwest station running a promo calling their anchors “America’s Most YouTubed News Team.”
Rash of social networking sites overwhelms author
October 3, 2008
In terms of socializing, the Internet is like the party that never ends. Each month a new crop of social networking sites sashays into the cultural consciousness. Some are general, some peculiarly specific. It’s easy to first embrace the concept by joining an obvious candidate such as Facebook. But after prods from a few acquaintances, that lone site can easily expand into a dozen more.
Hairstyles provoke confusion, scorn on the Web
September 26, 2008
It is anybody’s guess how people will respond to a particular column - or IF anybody will respond. But my previous Net Worth has generated a fair amount of feedback. Most of it has little to do with the content. Rather, it’s the accompanying photo that did the trick.
Web allows photos to take on new identities
September 12, 2008
In past decades people lived in fear of being shown pictures that caught them in compromising positions. But in the post-Internet age, folks seem to embrace it.
Niccum: Success of summer movies can’t be measured by sites
September 5, 2008
Back in 1995 when I was writing a film column for an alt-weekly publication, I started getting pestered by people about the movie ads we were running. These folks would call (not e-mail) to ask if I knew what those strange markings meant that began with “www” and were stripped along the bottom of the ad.