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Goodbye, Tony Soprano.

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Richard Fernandez

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June 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Facebook told me two things today. The first is that I am a friend of a friend (FOAF) of Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister. The second and more important tiding is a link to the New York Daily News:

James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, a source told the Daily News.

Tony Soprano has bought the farm.

Of course, Gandolfini only played Tony Soprano. He was never Soprano himself. And while I never had the opportunity to meet him even in passing, neither have I met Gillard, and possibly neither has my Internet friend who is her “friend.” The question that inevitably posed itself was, who was I closer to between these two people: Gillard or Gandolfini?

In 2007, Tim Berners-Lee proposed the notion of a Giant Global Graph to represent the relationship between human beings, especially over the Internet. The nodes are people and they are tied by properties such as “likes,” “comments,” and shares. “The Giant Global Graph concept seems to have been a significant input in Facebook’s concept and name for their ‘Open Graph’ project and protocol.”

And it may turn out that in terms of that metric, I am probably closer to Tony Soprano than to either James Gandolfini or Julia Gillard. As someone once observed, “celebrities are who we have in common.” And we know more about the characters they play than the celebrities themselves.

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I regret that I can only like this post once. Texas Fred, you are da MAN!!!
43 weeks ago
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Sometimes FOX News is no better than any other Lap Dog Media.

Today Jon Scott was doing a spot on the death of James Gandolfini and he got pretty emotional, he called Gandolfini’s death a *GREAT TRAGEDY*...

Yes FOX, we ALL know, James Gandolfini is dead but it is NOT a tragedy..

A TRAGEDY is the Obama regime getting by with MURDER and gross corruption.

A TRAGEDY is the MILLIONS of babies that are aborted yearly.

A TRAGEDY is what occurred at Newtown.

A TRAGEDY is what occurred at West, Texas with the plant explosion.

A TRAGEDY is when American soldiers give their lives fighting an enemy that the President of the United States holds dear in HIS heart.

A TRAGEDY is the fact that America is sinking fast and our do-nothing Congress and Senate have their heads firmly planted in their collective butts and are either too busy with their own personal projects to react or are too afraid to react.

Not to denigrate James Gandolfini in any way, but for crying out loud, he was an actor, he died, it's a part of life but it is NOT a tragedy for anyone other than his family.

Get your priorities RIGHT America, sitting on your dead posteriors watching Dancing with the un-talented Voice that wants to be a Survivor Stars that have NO American talent is NOT going to save this nation!

The death of America will be the ultimate TRAGEDY.

WAKE UP AMERICA!
43 weeks ago
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Nothing against Gandolfini, whom I thought was a fine entertainer, but to me watching "The Sopranos" was like dating a super-hot woman that wouldn't sleep with me. I'd look forward to seeing it all week and at the end of it I was always disappointed.

Give me "The Wire" or "Deadwood" any time.
43 weeks ago
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Does anyone know who Spc. William R. Moody was?

He was killed in Afghanistan two days ago. He was on his third deployment in that country. He left behind family, friends and fellow soldiers.

Gandolfini was an actor. He entertained people for a living, pretending to be something he wasn't. I'm not denigrating his life but that's what he did.

Moody was a soldier. He put his own mortality between us and murderous, medieval animals dedicated to our destruction. He did it on his own, without expectation of reward or adulation, for the kind of money successful actors would regard as pocket change. That's what Moody did for living.

The media, most Americans, and you as well Mr. Fernandez, are eulogizing the wrong man. There is something fundamentally wrong with a society that celebrates dead actors and ignores dead soldiers.
43 weeks ago
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As does Mitch Rapp.
43 weeks ago
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Frodo lives!
43 weeks ago
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I call Bugs Bunny and Tarzan friend.
43 weeks ago
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What is the nature of a friendship that is totally online? Interacting via blogs and FB with someone you have never met in the flesh? Real or Memorex? Is Turing in the room?
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Sometimes FOX News is no better than any other Lap Dog Media.

Today Jon Scott was doing a spot on the death of James Gandolfini and he got pretty emotional, he called Gandolfini’s death a *GREAT TRAGEDY*...

Yes FOX, we ALL know, James Gandolfini is dead but it is NOT a tragedy..

A TRAGEDY is the Obama regime getting by with MURDER and gross corruption.

A TRAGEDY is the MILLIONS of babies that are aborted yearly.

A TRAGEDY is what occurred at Newtown.

A TRAGEDY is what occurred at West, Texas with the plant explosion.

A TRAGEDY is when American soldiers give their lives fighting an enemy that the President of the United States holds dear in HIS heart.

A TRAGEDY is the fact that America is sinking fast and our do-nothing Congress and Senate have their heads firmly planted in their collective butts and are either too busy with their own personal projects to react or are too afraid to react.

Not to denigrate James Gandolfini in any way, but for crying out loud, he was an actor, he died, it's a part of life but it is NOT a tragedy for anyone other than his family.

Get your priorities RIGHT America, sitting on your dead posteriors watching Dancing with the un-talented Voice that wants to be a Survivor Stars that have NO American talent is NOT going to save this nation!

The death of America will be the ultimate TRAGEDY.

WAKE UP AMERICA!
43 weeks ago
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Now, now, now. You know what they say about pedantry. It's a tragedy Bud Grant never won a Superbowl. No, really, it is.
43 weeks ago
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That's not pedantry, it's standing up for what's important.

Words mean things.
43 weeks ago
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I regret that I can only like this post once. Texas Fred, you are da MAN!!!
43 weeks ago
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