TV and Parables of Our Times: Speaking of Faith
( a weekly radio program about "religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas") looks at how tv deals with issues in contemporary life. A link to the main episode (MP3) is on the page along with various support media.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Nov 18, 2009 -
Interesting article at Slate, In Defense of Jaywalking
, where the author describes how the media and others often slant coverage of pedestrian vs auto accidents--examples include San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe
, and New York Post
Police, who are typically car-bound, are often biased in favor
of other drivers.
Not unexpectedly the Federal Highway Administration has curious language regarding walkers
--"Still, almost no one can avoid occasional pedestrian status". Even the term jaywalking
is commonly misused
Solutions? More money towards safer walking (including a reversal of funding policies that favor cars
), better places to walk, pedestrian-friendly engineering, lower urban speed limits, harsher penalties for drivers that violate pedestrian's rights, and critical reading of the often selective and sensationalized media coverage
of traffic crashes.
posted by aerotive
on Nov 10, 2009 -
Michael Surtees latest photo experiment is called #walkingtoworktoday
. The rules are simple and open to anyone—while walking to work take a photo. From there the photo needs to be pushed to Twitter via Flickr while containing the hashtag #walkingtoworktoday somewhere in the tile. But there wasn’t one dedicated space outside of Flickr to see the photos, and even then it was only seeing it through one medium—you didn’t get to see the tweets. So that’s why he decided there needed to be a site. Surtees created #walkingtoworktoday
using Daylife tools that contained Flickr and Twitter moduals. The main modual streams photos from Flickr while the right rail shows the tweets. It’s an interesting redundancy that works.
posted by netbros
on Nov 4, 2009 -
"I leave with a heavy heart as part of the changes that have, in my humble opinion, destroyed the station that I helped to set up 29 years ago."
documents (mostly UK) radio bloopers and cock-ups.
posted by hnnrs
on Oct 21, 2009 -
... one wonders why [Goldman Sachs] and [JP Morgan] were so eager to provide "rescue" financings to virtually the entire distressed media space: both companies knew too well that sooner or later they would end up with full equity control over essentially the most coveted industry: thousands of TV stations, radio channels, newspaper and magazines
. (via) (previously)
posted by Joe Beese
on Sep 23, 2009 -
"What if America wasn't America?" That was the question posed by a series of ads broadcast in the wake of the September 11th attacks, ads which depicted a dystopian America bereft of liberty: Library
. Together with more positive ads like Remember Freedom
and I Am an American
, they encouraged frightened viewers to cherish their freedoms and defend against division and prejudice in the face of terrorism (seven years previously
). The campaign was the work of the Ad Council
, a non-profit agency that employs the creative muscle of volunteer advertisers to raise awareness for social issues of national importance. Founded during WWII as the War Advertising Council, the organization has been behind some of the most memorable public service campaigns in American history
, including Rosie the Riveter
, Smokey the Bear
, McGruff the Crime Dog
, and the Crash Test Dummies
. And the Council is still at it today, producing striking, funny, and above all effective
PSAs on everything from student invention
to global warming
to arts education
to community service
Additional resources: A-to-Z index of Ad Council campaigns
- Campaigns organized by category
- Award-winning campaigns
- PSA Central
: A free download directory of TV, radio, and print PSAs (registration req'd)
- An exhaustive history of the Ad Council [46-page PDF]
- YouTube channel
- Vimeo channel
- Twitter feed
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 11, 2009 -
A new documentary by a Swedish-based Italian filmmaker examines how media mogul turned two-time president Silvio Berlusconi's 30-year grip on Italian television has shaped the country, its politics, its culture and society. Erik Gandini's Videocracy
, which screens at the Venice Film Festival, starts 30 years ago, when Berlusconi introduced a quiz show whose female contestants stripped for the camera, and charts 30 years of showgirls, celebrities, reality TV shows and Berlusconi's rise to political power, and interviews characters of the system, including a talentless but fame-hungry TV contestant, a fascist-sympathising media fixer, and a paparazzo/extortionist turned celebrity. More details here
and (with a trailer) here
. [more inside]
posted by acb
on Sep 5, 2009 -
" There were lots of small children in the audience. I thought about asking one little girl if she had voted for the paddle, the rod or the cattle prod."
In 1995, a company called Interfilm
revolutionized the movie industry. Oh, no, wait, it didn't
. Audiences at Mr. Payback, "the first interactive movie," pressed buttons on a joystick attached to their seat to vote on the actions of the characters on-screen -- for instance, what kind of physical abuse a captured thug should undergo. Despite the pedigree of director Bob Gale (writer/producer of Back to the Future
) and co-star Christopher Lloyd, critics were not impressed.
The company folded a week after releasing its third interfilm, "I'm Your Man," scored by Joe Jackson, which did, a few years Interfilm was the brainchild of "conceptualist" and guy-with-gigantic-glasses Bob Bejan (Dateline NBC interview
), who now works at a next-generation, data-driven marketing agency that delivers strategic, multi-channeled communication solutions designed to cultivate and sustain relationships between brands and their audiences.
Watch: Clips from "Mr. Payback."
The making of "I'm Your Man."
(warning: A. Whitney Brown.) Read: the New York Times on the 1998 DVD release of "I'm Your Man." Booklet copy from the "I'm Your Man" DVD.
posted by escabeche
on Aug 31, 2009 -
Healthcare reform has agitated right-wing extremists and moneyed interests in the United States for some time — during the presidencies of FDR and Truman
as well as Clinton and Obama, most recently — but where do the objections originate from, and particularly those which are known to be based on complete untruths? Some of these lies start with or are repeated by well-known right-wing media personalities
, but there are other people who get the ball rolling, who are perhaps less well-known. Elizabeth "Betsy" McCaughey
originated one of the current myths more commonly known as "death panels"
, but despite her attempts to market herself as a folksy voice fighting for the well-being of senior citizens, she has been an effective advocate for the interests of private health insurance companies since the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Aug 22, 2009 -
is a part of the MIT Metropath(ologies)
exhibit that scours the web for information and attempts to characterize a person based on an entered first and last name, showing visualizations of the process as it chugs along. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal
on Aug 20, 2009 -
It was the media party of the decade. It was planned by the king of parties
, Robert Isabell, who died last month. Although thrown to celebrate the birth of Talk Magazine, little did the attendees know, that this was the night print media began to die.
“I was aware it was a historic night,” Ms. Brown said. “We were on a boat and I was with Natasha Richardson. We were talking and laughing, looking at the lights of the twin towers. And then a big wave came over the side of the boat and soaked us both. Now Natasha is gone, the towers are gone. It’s very, very sad, but I am very excited by this new world we are heading into.”
posted by Xurando
on Aug 3, 2009 -
(财经) is an independent, Beijing-based magazine devoted to reporting on business in China. The publication's title means "Finance and Economics." [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Jul 26, 2009 -
Wow, what a great discovery I made tonight! You may have heard of "Oblique Strategies" (previously mentioned on MeFi
). Subtitled "over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas," it is a deck of cards first created in 1975 by Brian Eno
and Peter Schmidt
to help jump start creative thinking by having the users draw, read and react to a card bearing an abstruse aphorism. There are by now plenty of online versions (easily googled!) as well as an iPhone app
. (More info available at the Oblique Strategies fan page
!) I just discovered today, however, that "Oblique Strategies" was not the first in its genre, but rather was following in the very footsteps of Marshall McLuhan! [more inside]
posted by Misciel
on Jul 19, 2009 -
Crap Detection 101
Howard Rheingold offers a fairly in-depth primer on media and internet BS detection. Lots of links
to resources for enabling critical analysis of various information sources included.
posted by telstar
on Jun 30, 2009 -
“They are brands that may not be considered cool by the often elitist and self-absorbed standards of New York media,” she said. She had taken a car from Manhattan that morning, and wore a pink wool shirt-dress, patent leather Manolo Blahnik heels, and diamond hoop earrings.
Reader's Digest jumps the shark
posted by squalor
on Jun 19, 2009 -
My, how the tables have turned: Many of the same daily newspaper correspondents that not too long ago turned up their noses at us online journalism pioneers, claiming we weren't "real" journalists, now fill my email box daily with their resumes, looking to me and others like me to provide them with work. ... Memo to my remaining daily print colleagues and their nostalgia club: Get over it and get over yourselves. It’s not that the Internet is Mr. Wonderful. Much of it mimics the same bad qualities that drove the public away from daily newspapers. You lost the public to us because - there's no nice or sugar-coated way to say it - you guys really suck at what you do. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on May 12, 2009 -
Writer Dan Baum is twittering the epic saga of being hired at the New Yorker, after 17 years of trying, and then let go.
It's an eye-opening and engaging tale for any writer. Baum, who wrote on a myriad of subjects, is perhaps best known for his post-Katrina New Orleans coverage
. Told (annoyingly, if innovatively) in 140-character spurts, his tale takes you into the New Yorker offices ("like being in a hospital room where somebody is dying,") reveals that writers at the august mag get $70k and no benefits, and outlines the cumbersome process of story pitches to mercurial editors. In a rare inside look at the biz, he links to the pitches that worked
, and those that didn't
, on his website
posted by CunningLinguist
on May 11, 2009 -
John Gruber of Daring Fireball
"My friend Merlin Mann and I had a session at SXSW Interactive about two weeks ago. It certainly wasn’t a panel, and it wasn’t really a presentation. It was more like an hour-long duet rant, the main goal of which was to inspire anyone who wants to publish or write on the web to pursue their obsessions in a serious way.
We got the audio recording of the session from SXSW a few days ago, recorded short intro and outro segments, and Merlin spliced it together and has published it on his 43 Folders podcast. I encourage you to go ahead and listen to it."
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Mar 27, 2009 -
is a web based digital arts publication that showcases the creative practice of a variety of artists, musicians and scholars. Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE
is their freshly launched project on urban representation that catalogs how cartography, infrastructure and locative media shape perception in the contemporary city. An example is Joyce Walks
, a Google maps mashup which remaps routes from James Joyce's Ulysses to any city in the world, generating walking maps. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Mar 17, 2009 -
Newspapers might be dying, but does it matter? Here's what journalism 2.0 looks like: Spot.us
is crowd-funded news for the masses, ReportingOn
is Twitter for journalists, Everyblock
is ultra-hyperlocal and Connectifyed
tells us it'll analyze our social networks.
posted by nospecialfx
on Mar 16, 2009 -
Circuits are flipping on in the nation's attic
. A couple of weeks ago, 31 "digerati"
-- like Clay Shirky
, Chris Anderson
, and George Oates
-- dropped in to the Smithsonian Institution
for the invitation-only conference "Smithsonian 2.0: A Gathering to Re-imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age"
. Dan Cohen
of the Center for History and New Media
provides a great summary
(and continues to pose provocative questions) on his own blog. Those whose invitations were somehow lost in the mail can play fly-on-the-wall by watching the keynotes
, paging through the Flickr pool
of envymaking glimpses of their behind-the-scenes lab and collections tours, reading the blog
(where Bruce Wyman of the Denver Art Museum lays out a succinct road map
for museums using social media), and poking around in the SI's website gallery
. Want to cheer on the USA's favorite 163-year-old "Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge"
without taking the trip to DC? Thanks to their recent efforts, you can now follow the SI on Twitter
, listen to its podcasts
, watch its YouTube channel
, visit the Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life
, or use the FaceBook gifts page
to send your best friends their very own pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers
, Hope diamond
, Negro Leagues baseball
, or coelocanth
posted by Miko
on Feb 27, 2009 -
On British TV
last night, Gail Trimble
, a Classics scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, singlehandedly trounced
the opposing team in University Challenge
. To some a smug
know-it-all, to others a role model
. Cue the fightback and lots of questions
about whether we, as a society, actually like really clever people and specifically, clever women
posted by MuffinMan
on Feb 24, 2009 -