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Tuesday, January 30, 2001 A Publication of the Newspeak Association Volume No. 66, Issue 3

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-Cleaning up snow: DPW gets to work
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-Are you really YOU?: When do you know you are 'gay'?
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When family turns on TV, VCR or computer, AOL Time Warner is there


Courtesy of Associated Press

KENT, Ohio (AP) _ The weekend is here and there's finally a moment to relax at the Ailes house.

Ryan Ailes has worked long hours managing his family's woodworking business. His wife Anna, pregnant with their second child, has spent the day with 3-year-old Ryleigh and the family dog. Only Ryleigh seems to have any energy _ she has a tent set up in the living room and bounces around, playing with dolls.

Friday night dinner is a couple of takeout pizzas, and when that's finished, it's time to kick back. Maybe they'll watch television or rent a video. Anna might go online to e-mail a friend. Whatever they do, there's a good chance AOL Time Warner will be a part of it.

In the wake of the $106 billion merger between America Online and Time Warner, The Associated Press interviewed the Ailes about how they get information _ be it for news or entertainment _ because their home is one of about 21 million nationwide that has a Time Warner cable TV system and they also are among America Online's 27 million customers.

The Ailes, both 24, discussed their watching, listening, reading and Internet habits. Their conclusion: they rely on AOL Time Warner much more than they ever thought.

``It's a little overwhelming to think of how much they actually own,'' Anna Ailes said.

The Ailes live in a comfortable but unassuming place just off the main drag of this college town of 26,000 in northeast Ohio.

Their harried lives don't leave them too much time to sit in front of the TV. When they do, of course, they're turning on Time Warner cable, but the connection goes deeper than that.

Anna's favorite shows are ``ER'' and ``Friends,'' both of which are supplied by Warner Bros. Occasionally, the Ailes catch Drew Carey's improvisational comedy show ``Whose Line Is It Anyway?'' ,another Warner product, and she sometimes watches ``Dawson's Creek,'' which runs on the WB network.

Although they subscribe to the local paper and try to watch the national news, the Ailes aren't news junkies. They never turn on Cable News Network, another part of AOL Time Warner.

When they rent videos, the choice is often a product of AOL Time Warner's film companies, the ``Austin Powers'' movies, ``Boogie Nights,'' ``The Wedding Singer'' and ``The Shawshank Redemption'' (which they own) are just a few examples.

Ryleigh doesn't like cartoons yet, although she's got a Tweety Bird cup _ the Looney Tunes characters are a Warner Bros. creation. She also has some of her own videos, including ``Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,'' another Warner movie. Her new favorite is ``The Wizard of Oz,'' available through Warner video.

Anna goes online _ again, tapping into AOL's network _ two or three times a week. She uses the Internet to keep in touch with friends by e-mail and to shop _ she checks out airline ticket prices, for instance, and buys Christmas presents. She got her father some stained glass windows on eBay, although she says she enjoyed the auction site too much, and has stayed off it this month.``It's a little addicting,'' she said.

Ryan doesn't use the Web much at home, but at Ailes Millwork, AOL is the Internet service and his secretary spends about an hour online every day to look up information for him, he said.

The Ailes don't subscribe to magazines, but for ages they got hand-me-down issues of People from Anna's mother, they said. People is one of a multitude of titles published by Time Inc.

``I see a lot of these at my parents' house,'' Ryan said, picking out Field & Stream from a list of publications that also included Time and Sports Illustrated.

A cursory look through the Ailes' sizable compact disc collection quickly turned up more than a dozen titles from the Warner Music Group: the Goo Dolls, Green Day, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty. Sometimes Ryan listens to country artists like Faith Hill on his way to work. She's also on a Warner label.

When America Online and Time Warner got federal approval for their merger on Jan. 11, the Ailes heard the news, but didn't pay much attention. After cataloguing their contact with AOL Time Warner, however, they asked about the effect of the merger on consumers.

They were interested to hear about the company's promises to develop online services, but also a bit uneasy that one corporation has such a broad impact on their lives.

``They're determining what we get to see and what we don't get to see in everyday life,'' Ryan said. ``It's like it's coming down to large companies controlling everything ,it's basically up to them to decide what we're going to do in our leisure time.''


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