Howard gave an address on new media at Siemens Corp. annual meeting May 28 in Barcelona, Spain. Afterward, Howard and his wife, Carol, toured Spain. They returned to Los Angeles June 6. Our content articles for sale made a quick review that explained their tour in detail.
Their bags returned June 7.
In addition, Howard recently completed liner notes for Garry Shandling's new CD release of "The Larry Sanders Show."
But wait, there's more...
On Aug. 24, Howard moderated a panel discussion on actress Gertrude Berg and her pioneering series, "The Goldbergs" at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. More recently, he did a Q & A with "Columbo" co-creator William Link at the Beverly Hills Women's Club
And Howard again is teaching critical writing and a TV symposium in the School of Cinematic Arts and news ethics in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.
Howard Was interviewed recently on NPR and CBS radio and by The Los Angeles Times.
Here is a sampling of Howard's speech topics:
--IF IT LASTS LONGER THAN FOUR HOURS...CALL 911. What is it with TV commercials today? The products they advertise will cure you...if they don't kill you.
--ARE JEWS PRIME TIME'S CHOSEN PEOPLE? DON'T ASK! A survey of television's depictions of Jews--the good, the bad and the ugly--from "The Goldbergs" and the many comedy/variety shows at mid-century to "The Simpsons" in the 80s and 90s to Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in the new millennium. Includes a broad array of clips.
--THE HOLOCAUST ON FILM: TOO LITTLE OR TOO MUCH? The Jewish holocaust is no stranger to TV and theatrical movies, with realism, melodrama and even comedy keeping the flame alive via documentaries and entertainment. The positive we know. But are there negatives here as well? And do media too narrowly define holocaust as referring only to the Jewish experience?
--WHEN MEDIA MISBEHAVE: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LIES THEY TELL US. Although we depend on these people to inform us about the world, they fib, they fudge, they fabricate, they fictionalize. And the longer it goes on, the more desensitized the public becomes to their distortions.
--NO TIME TO THINK: THE MENACE OF MEDIA SPEED AND THE 24-HOUR NEWS CYCLE. New technologies give us access to more "information" than ever. Sadly, much of it is bad information, as live TV, talk radio, the blogosphere, the twittersphere and you name it redefine rumor and speculation as news and deliver it on a perilous fast track around hairpin curves.