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Seth's Blog: The engine of our discontent
When TV first was adopted, it was a magical gift. The shows united our culture and the ads fueled a seemingly endless consumer boom. Today, though, marketers have turned television into an instrument of dissatisfaction. The shows alienate many, because they bring an idealized, expensive world into the homes of people who increasingly can't afford it. And the ads remind just about everyone that their lives are incomplete and unhappy--unless they buy what's on offer. Worse, cable news is optimized to shock, frighten and divide the people who watch it. Social media can amplify all of these downward cycles. It's TV times 1,000.
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yesterday by danesparza
The Radical Message of 'Halt and Catch Fire' | WIRED
Computers were and are nothing more than tools, boxes of beautiful ideas that are only as valuable as they are human—ones whose connections can destroy us as easily as they can draw us together, if we are not careful. But at their best, they can connect us with the thing that really matters: the people who will stand with us on the precipice of our lives, gazing down at the chasm of the next challenge, and hold our hands as we jump into the unknown.
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yesterday by pbk
La sèrie de la setmana va en moto... El recomana ! èries
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yesterday by deckard67
6 of British TV's best ever spy shows
The Night Manager, BBC One’s gripping new spy drama that’s been thrilling Sunday night audiences – and set Tumblr aflame with images of Tom Hiddleston’s bum – is out now on DVD (pause buttons at the ready!).
A slick, updated adaptation of John Le Carré’s 1993 novel that sees a former soldier recruited to infiltrate the confidences of an arms dealer, it boasts a fine cast; including man of the Gif-able moment, Tom Hiddleston; international treasure Hugh Laurie; and the embodiment of Britain and goodness itself, Olivia Colman.
uk  tv  spying  crime_drama  top_ten  bbc 
yesterday by rgl7194
12:01 PM (1990) HQ (Full movie) - YouTube
12:01 PM is a 1990 short film starring Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Jonathan Heap, it originally aired on cable television in 1990 as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was nominated for an Academy Award.
yesterday by jomc
Netflix Made A Car Show Worth Watching | DriveTribe
Creating a successful car show is a difficult endeavor that usually results in failure. Among of the half-baked build shows and would be Top Gear knock offs lies Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip, a Netflix original worth watching.
Paul Hollywood, the host of the Big Continental Road Trip is known for his role as a celebrity chef on The Great British Bake Off, but it turns out a perfectly crafted cupcake isn't the only thing Mr. Hollywood enjoys.
bbc  cars  driving  europe  netflix  tv  drivetribe 
2 days ago by rgl7194
British Detective Shows
Complex characters, stunning design and long, slow-moving mystery plots are the hallmarks of these crime dramas from across the pond. The charming accents are just a bonus.
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Wikipedia's Fate Shows How the Web Endangers Knowledge | WIRED
Wikipedia was a fruit of this garden. So was Google search and its text-based advertising model. And so were blogs, which valued text, hypertext (links), knowledge, and literature. They effectively democratized the ability to contribute to the global corpus of knowledge. For more than a decade, the web created an alternative space that threatened television’s grip on society.

Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing. (It’s telling that, while Google began life as a PhD thesis, Facebook started as a tool to judge classmates’ appearances.) It reduces our curiosity by showing us exactly what we already want and think, based on our profiles and preferences. Enlightenment’s motto of ‘Dare to know’ has become ‘Dare not to care to know.’
knowledge  facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking  media  television  tv  internet  google  wikipedia 
2 days ago by msszczep
Apple Strikes Deal With Spielberg’s Amblin for ‘Amazing Stories’ Reboot - WSJ
Director’s Amblin Television, NBCUniversal TV production unit to make new episodes of sci-fi series from the 1980s
Apple Inc. AAPL -0.09% is betting on acclaimed director and producer Steven Spielberg for its first major foray into creating original video content.
The tech giant has struck a deal with Mr. Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Universal Television, a unit of Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA -0.23% NBCUniversal, to make new episodes of “Amazing Stories,” a science fiction and horror anthology series that ran on NBC in the 1980s.
The agreement between Apple, Amblin and Universal Television calls for 10 episodes of “Amazing Stories.” Mr. Spielberg will likely be an executive producer for new the version of the show, which he created, people familiar with the matter said.
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: WSJ: 'Apple Strikes Deal With Spielberg’s Amblin for "Amazing Stories" Reboot'
I said on my podcast a few episodes ago that we shouldn’t judge the future potential of Apple’s original content based on Planet of the Apps or Carpool Karaoke. Those shows are Apple dipping its toes in the water. This is diving in head first.
I absolutely loved Amazing Stories as a kid — one of my very favorite shows from the ’80s. I expect nothing short of greatness from a reboot.
(Here’s a link that should get you through the Journal’s paywall.)
apple  video  services  streaming  tv  daring_fireball 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Ten burning questions about Apple's forthcoming video service - Six Colors
Apple’s made its first major TV acquisition, as the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that it’s got a deal with Steven Spielberg and Universal to make a new “Amazing Stories.” This wasn’t an unexpected development, and I wrote a story about the deal yesterday that you should check out.
But even with all that (virtual) ink spilled, there’s still a whole lot more to ponder here. So let me present my current list of unanswered questions about Apple’s foray into video programming.
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Apple inks deal with Spielberg for first show, cuts ties to Weinstein amid sex scandal | iLounge News
Apple has made a deal with Steven Spielberg, Amblin Television, and Universal Television to make new episodes of “Amazing Stories,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The popular sci-fi/horror series ran on NBC in the ‘80s, and sources familiar with the discussions said Apple will be creating 10 new episodes at a price tag of over $5 million each. One executive involved in the project said that level of spending is on par with higher-end shows currently being produced by HBO and Netflix, so Apple is betting heavily on its first jump into original programming.
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2 days ago by rgl7194

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