'The media is a chaotic place. Like an ocean or a weather system, it no longer respects authority. In fact, those who attempt to impose their authority are ridiculed, while brilliant and valuable tidbits emerge from the most remote and seemingly inconsequential sources.... Younger, media-savvy viewers instinctively reject authoritative voices and laugh at commercials in which people try to act "cool."
' That was Douglas Rushkoff's assessment of companies courting the youth demographic as covered in print in 2000
, and the next year in video as the PBS Frontline documentary, Merchants of Cool
(streaming documentary; prev: 1
). Earlier this year, Rushkoff revisited the topic with PBS in Generation Like
(streaming documentary), in a time when young people are generally happy to tell the world what brands they like as a way of identifying who they are. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 20, 2014 -
But this season, PBS chose to move Independent Lens and P.O.V. to a new time slot -- 10 pm, ET, on Thursday nights. This may not seem like such a big deal at first, until you know that on Thursday nights stations can broadcast any program they like in prime time, whether it's part of the PBS schedule or not. Many take the opportunity to offers viewers locally produced programs, British sitcoms or reruns of Antiques Roadshow. As a result, episodes of the independent documentary series can now be run anywhere local stations choose to fit them in (here in New York, WNET airs the films at 11 p.m. on Sundays) or maybe not at all.
Bill Moyers writes an open letter to PBS
about scheduling changes which have ruined PBS as Tuesday night destination for documentary television.
posted by hippybear
on Mar 24, 2012 -
The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive
A joint investigation by PBS Frontline, ProPublica and NPR has found that medical examiners and coroners have repeatedly mishandled cases of infant and child deaths, helping to put innocent people behind bars. (Via. (Article contains descriptions of children that have been killed by abuse. May be disturbing / triggering to some readers.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 28, 2011 -
PBS's FrontLine investigates the rise of for-profit colleges. Dangling the promise of a degree that will attract a job, for-profit colleges have been consistent performers for Wall Street and have exploded in enrollment alongside their community college counterparts as a result of the down economy. Positioning themselves as an alternative to traditional schools for the working and adult student set, who benefits the most from this departure from the traditional college model?
posted by dr_dank
on May 4, 2010 -
[TV Guide Filter] Tonight on Frontline: The Dark Side
. An in-depth look at Dick Cheney's battle with the intelligence community to shape the War on Terror. From Boston.com's preview
: "Frontline" delivers a devastating look tonight at the efforts of Vice President Dick Cheney to gain control of the war on terror after 9/11. In doing so, the show purports, he compromised the integrity of America's intelligence system.
Check your local listings.
posted by justkevin
on Jun 20, 2006 -
The Choice: 2004
. Frontline documentary. First aired on PBS earlier this week, the full two-hours is now available online. Examines the lives of Sen. John Kerry and President Bush -- from their days at Yale through their military experience and the political world. NPR interview
about the show.
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 16, 2004 -
20 Years of Frontline... Online
The PBS documentary show Frontline
has been discussed many times
here on MetaFilter. This year, in September, it turns twenty years old, and to commemorate this event a number of popular and recent shows have been put online
: The Merchants of Cool
, A Class Divided
, American Porn
, Abortion Clinic
, The Choice 2000
, and more. Rewatch some
of the episodes
, then reread the comments
. How's that for meta?
posted by tittergrrl
on Feb 27, 2003 -
The War Behind Closed Doors
PBS' newest "Frontline"
focuses on what has been happening behind the scenes within the Bush administration during the buildup to war against Iraq. Wolfowitz is seen as supporting a policy of US preemptive wars starting in 1992
and urging a US invasion of Iraq
just four days after 9/11, Richard Perle says
that "it was understood that Iraq had to be dealt with" in the earliest days of the Bush presidential campaign, and Colin Powell is shown as the only reason the US sought UN approval at all.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Feb 21, 2003 -
Deep, way deep inside Iraq
This aired very recently on PBS but I just caught it online -- the link is the second of four video clips following U.K. journalist Sam Kiley reporting on perception and reality in Jordan and Iraq and contains the most horrific footage of Saddam supporters you're likely to ever see. Be warned, it's not pretty.
posted by subpixel
on Nov 25, 2002 -
If you missed the very powerful Frontline "Faith and Doubt"
on the spiritual implications of 9/11, check out the PBS site with the full script and interviews with priests, rabbis, an Islamic scholar, a professor of Middle East studies, an English professor, a
British novelist, a psychoanalyst, and the photographer who documented Ground Zero for the City of New York..
posted by semmi
on Sep 5, 2002 -
Battle for the Holyland
: A very interesting Frontline episode that outlines the tactics used by both the Israelis and the Palestinians in fighting their war. (Most PBS affiliates will rebroadcast the special soon.) Does anyone who saw the special have a reaction?
posted by yevge
on Apr 5, 2002 -
Are teens a reflection of the media or is the media a reflection of teenage culture? According to NYU prof Miller "The MTV machine does listen very carefully to children.
In rather the same way--if I can put it controversially--as Dr. Goebbels, [Hitler's] ministry of propaganda, listened to the German people. Propagandists have to listen to their audience very, very closely. When corporate revenues depend on being ahead of the curve, you have to listen, you have to know exactly what they want and exactly what they're thinking so that you can give them what you want them to have." More about the PBS special here
posted by noom
on Mar 3, 2001 -
Tonight & tomorrow on Frontline: The War on Drugs
The PBS show Frontline is airing a four hour special on the (first?) 30 years of the War on Drugs, split over tonight and tomorrow nights. Advance coverage in today's Boston Globe indicates that it is well worth watching with interviews from leaders of the DEA, the Columbian cartels and everyone "in between".
posted by sylloge
on Oct 9, 2000 -