Gabriel had a thoughtful post about Jay Leno, comparing his programming to NPR and classical music over the past couple decades. I’m much more sympathetic to Grant McCracken’s view of Leno as a failure because he misses the contemporary moment’s desire for specificity and instead provides the blandest of something-for-everyone variety. Though McCracken and Rossman are not quite speaking to each other here, to be sure.
Now I read that NBC is about to get swallowed by Comcast, and I think it’s a matter of time before we see the tick-tock of Leno’s contribution to this overall state of the media world. For what it’s worth, I think Leno is truly, truly bad, both an unabashed corporate sellout shill and a terrible interviewer to boot.