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Bloomberg vs. Trump would mean America has already amused itself to death | Will Bunch
Which brings me back to Postman. In 1984, the NYU prof was asked to deliver a lecture around the year and the theme of George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, about an age of government censorship and thought control. Postman’s provocative thesis was that modern society was devolving not toward Orwell but toward Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, in which the masses surrender their agency as citizens for a soothing drug called soma. Except the real-life soma is TV and other mass entertainment. Engaged civic discourse in America would soon wither away because, as Postman titled his book the following year, we were amusing ourselves to death.

Wrote Postman:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

Postman already saw in the 1980s — when a Hollywood actor was winning his second term as president — that Americans "do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” Postman died in 2003 — seven years before the launch of Instagram— but he clearly saw it coming. Ditto for the potential nightmare of a general election showdown between Trump and Bloomberg.
Books  Social  Media  history  1984  literacy  politics  election 
yesterday by oripsolob
Race Movies and the Black-Owned Studios that Thrived Next to Hollywood
An entire industry apart, built and funded by black entrepreneurs who defied convention and acted as forefathers of American indie cinema at the turn of the century – almost wiped out. Almost. And the few films that have survived serve as proof.
race  racism  black  film  films  history  movie  movies  media  hollywood  business  industry 
yesterday by msszczep
YouTube creators are turning the site into a podcast network
"A recent survey of Canadian adults found that 43 percent of people “went to YouTube for podcasts in the past year.” That put YouTube ahead of Apple Podcasts (34 percent) and Spotify (23 percent)."

"Creating a separate channel for clips lets podcasters take advantage of YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, which surfaces content on specific subjects a viewer is already interested in."
podcasts  YouTube  media  internet  culture 
yesterday by yorickdupon
Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2020 - Reuters Institute Digital News Report
Тренды в интернет-журналистике и медиа на 2020 год
trends  journalism  media  2020 
yesterday by gevorg
A decade in discourse: what we learned about UK racism | gal-dem - gal-dem
The next decade is beyond prediction; we’re unaware of how fast or differently technology will actually change, and what it will enable us to do. Undoubtedly, corporations will continue to take people of colour’s work to monetise, but will we continue to start revolutions that challenge the structures that oppress us? Change has already happened, suggesting if we continue to garner communities, with hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and publications springing up online, we can change the currency of us and place our value back into our own pockets.
racism  media  webjournalism  culturalappropriation  woke  BlackLivesMatter  GalDem  2019 
yesterday by inspiral
Building for the Culture
“As long as there are zero-cost ways to become visible to thousands of people, these desires aren’t going away. Media transforms our societies irreversibly.”

hot takes re: attention economy, branding, flashy startups, social media influencers, capitalism-soaked hurry sickness entrepreneurs
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yesterday by inrgbwetrust
“Socialists Identify With Humanity as a Whole”
Isn’t it true that you never quite realize just how awful the media is until they cover something that you yourself were involved closely with? That’s when you really see just how vast the gap is between things as they are and things as they could be presented.

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