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The Queer Generation Gap
This is an acknowledgment of that resentment, of the eye rolling and the snickering with which we respond to the youth (ah, youth!). In the end we are not judging you for being empowered. We are judging ourselves for not being empowered enough.
queer  lgbt  women  behavior  men  attention  sex  television  relationships  gender  beauty  race  millennials  movies  generationx  magazines  culture  internet  queerselflove  identity  aging  power 
16 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Netflix Star Samin Nosrat’s ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ Is a Marxist Fantasy - Eater
“They say the potter always drinks out of a broken pot,” Nosrat’s mother tells her in the last episode, “Heat,” as they share some rice that misses the serving plate. In what kind of world is the food fallen on the counter the best bite? One that will belong to the workers, someday.
food  politics  identity  cooking  creativity  labor  work  socialism  video  television 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Gentlewoman – Sandra Oh
“It’s actually a gift that there is a timeline, that there is an actual physical timeline,” she says. “Because your body is going to change, you have to deal with reality. And to deal with the reality, you have to know what you want and who you are. We come to it faster, women. Society has taught us this is negative. But it’s like, that is such bullshit!” She laughs. “All I know, all I dream of, is that on the other side of menopause is… Frances McDormand.”
aging  acting  movies  film  television  asian  canada  reputation  presence  women 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice? - The New York Times
It was called “The Cosby Show,” but it was never really only his (there are lots of unpaid actors and crew members who can attest to that). Those 6,000 or so hours belong as much to the culture and country as they ever did to him. He canceled himself. He was never the show’s legacy. That was always going to be us.
television  reputation  comedy  fiction  acting  social  art  justice  culture  music 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Dan Harmon and life after 'Community' - Grantland
The conversation we're not having is: "Hey, there's 250 million of us watching an average of six hours a day of a one-way transmission that only ever tells us that we are all animals and that we should buy Cottonell." That's the one conversation no one is having, not a single one of us. Well, I mean, there are a couple people having it; they're on street corners covered in tattoos with their dicks pierced, and they're holding signs saying, "Honk if you want to burn down the White House." Those people are not marketable; we put them in the same drawer as homeless people; they're weird characters, putting flyers on your windshield and walking around barefoot and freaking out about the fact that this Orwellian nightmare is happening, and we're all inside having these debates about whether or not liking 30 Rock makes us smart or stupid.
television  identity  marketing  advertising  business  narrative  reputation 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
You, Me And “Star Trek: The Next Generation” | The Awl
"You may or may not find this all a bit overdetermined. But we are in no small part what we consume. Our media texts become signifiers of self, status, character."
media  identity  startrek  television  Awl 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Love "The Wire," Explained In Fascinating Detail | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
"That’s a very interesting question, because one of the main reasons I wanted to explore the video essay format was that I felt it could help bridge the gap between academic and journalistic film criticism," says Lavik. "Film scholarship has become so highly specialized, and often esoteric, that much of it does not even attempt to speak to anyone outside of the research community. Journalistic film criticism, on the other hand, often lacks ambition, I think, and functions merely as a form of consumer guidance. Writers rarely give their readers anything to reach for. Everything is pre-digested for you. The video essay I made is obviously meant for people who have already seen The Wire, but I hope most of those who are familiar with the show will be able to follow my arguments and observations. I certainly don’t think anyone will find it totally incomprehensible. But so what if there’s something you don’t understand? You’re watching it online, so Google it! Coming across something you don’t comprehend is not a cause for offense, but an opportunity to learn.
video  film  criticism  television  baltimore  fiction  journalism  writing  media  story 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
NSFW: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re A Journalist
No-one – absolutely no-one – knew they were looking for Seymour Hersh’s expose of Abu Ghraib, but by God did they pay attention when it appeared in the pages of the New Yorker.

(In the unlikely event that a writer at AOL or Yahoo had stumbled across the Abu Ghraib story, the throw-up-the-facts-and-iterate-later culture of web editorial would have slain it in the womb. Also: who buys banner ads against prisoner abuse photos? Maybe if it were a slideshow…)

Moreover, as the scramble for advertiser dollars continues to take its toll online, there exists a real opportunity for old-fashioned editorial curation to thrive on other platforms, both old and new. The joy I felt today flicking through the New Yorker – stumbling across Tad Friend’s wonderful piece about Lenny Bruce tribute actor, Steve Cuiffo and a short story by Woody Allen (Woody Allen!) before reaching the Armstrong profile – was easily the highlight of my day.
journalism  ipad  newyorker  media  technology  aol  yahoo  cable  television  curation  magazines 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Now as Popular as TV, Survey Shows - Digits - WSJ
So what are people doing less? Listening to the radio and reading things like newspapers and magazines offline, according to the survey. (We at Digits guess they might be spending less time doing other things too, like “going outside.”)
radio  newspapers  media  magazines  television  online  research  technology  shopping  business  attention 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
‘The Walking Dead’ Unleashes Zombies on AMC - Review - NYTimes.com
The one good thing about the walking dead is that they don’t drive.

All it really takes to outrun a zombie is a car. Also, a bullet to the head will stop one cold. And that may explain why so many men prefer zombies to vampires: zombie stories pivot on men’s two favorite things: fast cars and guns. Better yet, zombies almost never talk. Vampires, especially of late, are mostly a female obsession. Works like “Twilight” and “True Blood” suggest that the best way to defeat a vampire is to make him fall so in love that he resists the urge to bite. And that’s a powerful, if naïve, female fantasy: a mate so besotted he gives up his most primal cravings for the woman he loves.

Vampires are imbued with romance. Zombies are not. (Zombies are from Mars, vampires are from Venus.)
zombies  television  amctv  fiction  story  gender  men  women  literature 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Value of Your Time and How it Impacts the Internet Video vs Traditional TV battle « blog maverick
I’m going to let you in on a secret. The only 20 somethings that are going to consume media in 10 years the way they do today are the ones without a job, still living with their parents.

I’m going to let you in on another secret. The older you get, the faster time goes by. I’m sure there is some scientific explanation for this phenomena. I don’t know it. But I know it is true. Months and years go back faster and faster the older you get.

Which in turn leads to the next truism. The older you get, the more you value your time. You quickly learn that your most valuable possession/asset isn’t one you put on a balance sheet or in your home. It is time. Every minute, hour, day is one you will never get back and there is nothing you can do to earn another.

So what does this have to do with Internet, Internet video and traditional TV ?
news  internet  video  socialmedia  social  television  time  attention 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
‘Mad Men’ Is an Eerie Echo of Advertising Reality - NYTimes.com
“Despite all the changes in advertising, despite all the technological advances, some things never change. No matter how big you are, you’re still dependent on connections, office politics and the whims of the clients.”
marketing  television  1960s  amctv  reputation  attention  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Why 'Mad Men' is TV's most feminist show, by Stephanie Coontz
We should be glad that the writers are resisting the temptation to transform their female characters into contemporary heroines. They're not, and they cannot be. That is the brilliance of the show's script.

"Mad Men's" writers are not sexist. The time period was.
television  feminism  women  1960s  history  power 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” : Maud Newton
The surprising thing about it — I almost said the insidious thing, but I’m trying to be anthropological — the surprising thing, to me, is that once we have our gramophone, or iPad, or locomotive, we become that which has the gramophone, the iPad, or the locomotive, and thereby, are instantly incapable of recognizing what just happened to us, as I believe we’re incapable of understanding what broadcast television, or the radio, or telephony did to us.
I strongly suspect that prior to those things we were something else. In that regard, our predecessors are in a sense unknowable. Imagine a world without recorded music: I always come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to imagine that, because I have become that which lives with recorded music.
music  writing  technology  futurism  aesthetics  attention  identity  television  ipad  transportation  sciencefiction  novels  fiction 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Morning in America: It's All About the Local News | TheWrap.com
[...] The one most often spun by station managers is that lifestyles have changed: They’ll cite market research showing people are waking earlier for longer commutes and also building in time for pre-work routines such as the gym. And they have research showing these people want fresh news and information.

The more important reason is that these early risers are advertisers’ darlings. They’re usually employed, interested in what’s going on in the world, younger than news’ aging audiences and have some money to spend – whether at McDonald’s, the home decorating store or the cineplex. That’s why you’ll see big-brand advertisers all over the 5 a.m. broadcasts, while bail bondsmen and truck-driving training commercials populate 5 p.m. [...]
television  class  marketing  media  journalism  news  sleep  attention  radio 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner on the New Season
"[...] People believe in love in the most duplicitous circumstances — they believe in it even for Don and Betty, who have the worst marriage on the show, possibly of all time. Our concept of sin is in the Ten Commandments, and was always there. But the thing that’s strange to me is that when people turn on the television, they want to judge the bad guys and love the good guys. When you fall in love with characters, when they do crappy things, or are cruel to each other, you feel a sense of betrayal. [...]"
television  story  love  relationships  marriage  behavior 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
I Want My @MTV: Cable Network Seeks Its First Twitter Jockey - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com
“The response from our audience to moments going on through our content create this ripple, globally, and it’s helped us,” Mr. Friedman said. “It helps us with ratings, it helps us inform the interests and the passions of our audience.”

“Half our staff is on Twitter,” Mr. Friedman added, “so why not have someone in-house? Why don’t we make it a full-time job, pay a real six-figure salary, and have someone who’s got great writing skills and an ability for sharp, concise, smart interaction with our audience?”
socialmedia  social  television  communication  music  media  twitter  cable  engagement 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . NBC's Ryan Osborn Wants to Use Social Media for Storytelling
Do you have a social media policy as far as what people can say and can't say on their feeds?

Osborn: We have a Standards & Practices which we've spent a long time looking at and our lawyers have worked on. I think my role is communicating that in accessible ways to our newsrooms. Simple things like if you're on a plane and you say you don't like this airline, and then you cover that airline the next week, how will that jeopardize your position as an unbiased reporter or producer? It's something I want our people to start thinking about. The policies are in place but I think we could do a much better job communicating them.

Are there similar rules against talking about competitors or the workplace?

Osborn: No. There are some technicalities, but we want people to be themselves and encourage that; we want them to know that in some way the new reality is that they are representing NBC News and need to think about that. [...]
journalism  marketing  news  socialmedia  television  twitter  story  media 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Why Journalists Should Learn Computer Programming | PBS
I'm still just a beginner, but I feel that this perspective provides you with an acute awareness of data. You start looking for data structures, for ways to manipulate data (in a good sense) to make them work for your community.

When covering a story, you'll think in terms of data and interactivity from the very start and see how they can become part of the narrative. You'll see data everywhere -- from the kind that floats in the air thanks to augmented reality, to the more mundane version contained in endless streams of status updates. Rather than being intimidated by the enormous amount of data, you'll see opportunities -- new ways to bring news and information to the community.

You probably won't have time to actually do a lot of the programming and data structuring yourself. But now you're equipped to have a valuable and impactful conversation with your geek colleagues. A conversation that gets better results than ever before.
computing  data  diy  html  journalism  media  science  information  newspapers  radio  television 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
It’s Smarter to Be Chivalrous Than Comfortable - NYTimes.com
There are so many young people today that want to get into the business, and that’s wonderful. Photography is an incredibly powerful medium. A picture can force people to think, or to respond in some way to the images they see. So if I can help someone during our brief encounter on the plane, that’s O.K. with me.

It makes up for getting my picture snapped while I’m snoring.
photography  television  interviews  nytimes 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
“I Believe in Arguing”: David Simon Treme Interview Excerpts - Tuned In - TIME.com
Detroit, they used to make cars, Pittsburgh, they used to make steel. Here's there's still a factory. It's manned by an underpaid, poorly represented workforce of skilled workers. And what they manufacture is moments. New Orleans is a factory that gives you moments.
neworleans  cities  television  hbo  creativity  urban 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Collapse of Complex Business Models « Clay Shirky
When ecosystems change and inflexible institutions collapse, their members disperse, abandoning old beliefs, trying new things, making their living in different ways than they used to. It’s easy to see the ways in which collapse to simplicity wrecks the glories of old. But there is one compensating advantage for the people who escape the old system: when the ecosystem stops rewarding complexity, it is the people who figure out how to work simply in the present, rather than the people who mastered the complexities of the past, who get to say what happens in the future.
business  economics  history  journalism  creativity  innovation  media  tv  television  video  change  complexity  strategy 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sources, myths, economics and moonshine. | WeMedia.com
The best reporters add value to news by choosing sources wisely and by making the right kind of connections among circumstances, evidence, events, people and sources. It doesn’t matter if they blog, tweet or publish a story in print. It doesn’t matter if they work for a newspaper, an NGO or as a citizen. No institution has a monopoly on leading the public conversation. The rest is economics and moonshine.
journalism  media  television  radio  newspapers  attention  identity  creativity  social  socialnetworking  economics 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Comedian Jon Stewart takes the hot seat with Bill O'Reilly - latimes.com
"Here's what I don't understand: You're the top-rated show on the top-rated network," Stewart said as he settled in across the table from O'Reilly. "I like Staples as much as the next guy. But can a brother get a soft chair?"

"No," the host responded sternly. "You're lucky you're not hanging from your thumbs."
media  television  cable  comedy  politics 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
PaidContent.org: What Many Media Companies Don’t Get About Building An Audience | paidContent
Distributing across multiple channels in real-time – and cannibalizing existing lines of business—isn’t just the right thing to do. History will reflect that this is the only thing to do. Here’s the key fact for media companies to remember: The value of a customer who doesn’t watch a TV show or a movie is $0.
media  journalism  marketing  business  internet  television  community  cable  attention  newspapers 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A.I. Anchors Replace Human Reporters In Newsroom of the Future | Popular Science
Engineers at Northwestern University have created virtual newscasts that use artificial intelligence to collect stories, produce graphics and even anchor broadcasts via avatars.
The project, dubbed “News At Seven,” goes beyond simply regurgitating news stories gleaned from the Web. The system can generate opinionated content like movie reviews or pull the most relevant facts from a box score to pen a hometown sports story. The AI is even learning to crack wise, injecting humor into reports.
media  journalism  television  robots  intelligence  science  attention  identity 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jude Rogers | Why is Journey's Don't Stop Believin' back in the charts? | The Guardian Music | The Guardian
I thank the phenomenon of shuffling mp3 players, bouncing us between styles; the diminishing importance, and relevance, of genre boundaries; and the way in which music has become less about coolness, and much more about unbridled enjoyment.

There is nothing strange about having a place in your heart for music that is improving and challenging, and another for huge, rousing sentiments that make you cry in taxi-cabs, long for a lover, or yearn to sing loudly, and proudly, with those you love most. And that's exactly what Don't Stop Believin' does, for the young and the old, and those who believe music reached its apotheosis with the concept of Adult Oriented Rock.
music  uk  aesthetics  rock  dance  television 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Potter: Daring hoax exposes limits of instant journalism - thestar.com
"This really brings home the reality that in the 24-hour news cycle you've got to be suspicious of just about everything until you confirm it," said media expert Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.

"It is almost to the point that if you don't recognize the figure on stage you must assume they are not legitimate. But what do you do, use your handheld technology to look online for a picture of the man? Maybe that is the next step in combating nefarious acts."
mobile  news  attention  reputation  editing  video  photography  journalism  media  television  public 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits - Ken Sands - Vegas Newspaper Pulls Plug on 702.tv After Four Months
Eventually, people will watch Web videos on their home television sets and mobile devices. In theory, newspaper companies should invest now to develop video skills and earn a reputation for quality video journalism. But the equipment, training and staffing are expensive. And while video pre-roll advertising typically commands a high rate, it's difficult to produce enough video to break even. So when the economy tanks and newspaper revenues plummet, video is seen as expendable.

Some videographers at other newspapers complain privately about cutbacks that result in fewer videographers, more of an emphasis on short, breaking news videos at the expense of longer, narrative pieces, and being required to shoot still photos for the paper.
video  newspapers  media  television  creativity  lasvegas  nevada  business  web  online  photography 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Post-Medium Publishing
The reason I've been writing about existing forms is that I don't know what new forms will appear. But though I can't predict specific winners, I can offer a recipe for recognizing them. When you see something that's taking advantage of new technology to give people something they want that they couldn't have before, you're probably looking at a winner. And when you see something that's merely reacting to new technology in an attempt to preserve some existing source of revenue, you're probably looking at a loser.
journalism  media  newspapers  television  movies  publishing 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
When Cocktails Were Office Supplies - NYTimes.com
When it comes to choosing a character’s poison, Ms. Perello said, many people have input, starting with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner: “Matt will say, ‘I want them to have a brown liquor.’ And I’ll go, ‘Let’s do a nonblended Scotch, because this is a person who would appreciate that.’ ”

The cocktail historian David Wondrich, 48, thinks an old-fashioned is a conservative choice for the young Draper, but considers his preference for Canadian Club “exactly right. We’d had years of destruction of the American whiskey industry up until then. So the Canadian stuff was viewed as being pretty good.”

“The big Scotches were Bell’s, Black & White, Teacher’s, White Horse,” Mr. Rea said. “When you’re drinking Canadian Club, you’re showing people you drink a better brand” of whiskey. He and Mr. Wondrich also said Betty Draper’s taste for Tom Collinses and vodka gimlets was spot on.
liquor  story  television  cable  drinking  alcohol  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Fallacy Of The Link Economy | paidContent
People will argue that the scrapers create value by pointing to many obscure stories that captured the imagination of linkers and got unexpectedly high traffic for a very obscure site. Fine, but was that site able to monetize the jump in traffic? And, how likely is that site to create a sustainable business by consistently winning a surfing game of serendipity?

Others will say that the site that gets linked to can keep the user using the site. But the opposite is happening – users are being trained to increase their usage of (and thus value to) the linker rather than the creator.
media  journalism  internet  economics  attention  web  online  blogging  newspapers  television  radio  ap 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jon Hamm | TV | A.V. Club
[F]or Don, specifically… he’s not a murderer, but he is an opportunist, and a lot of people can see that as being admirable in some ways. He knows the rules of the game, and he plays it very well.

He’s also often very upfront with what he wants and needs in a certain situation. It goes back to the pilot, when he tells Pete that if he keeps behaving the way he is, he may succeed briefly, but he’ll never truly succeed, because no one will like him, and in this industry, being liked is more important than being effective, in many ways. And that comes back, of course, to bite Pete. He doesn’t learn that lesson, or he learns it too late, when he tries to blackmail Don. So it’s an interesting thing. I don’t necessarily play it any differently. I don’t try to be any more likeable even as I’m doing these reprehensible things. You just hope that the audience has been given enough material and backstory to understand or at least rationalize the character’s behavior, and to see what drives it.
television  story  writing  acting  cable  interviews  fiction  ethics  business 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | The dream life of Don Draper
Don and Pete represent opposite sides of the same coin: Both chafe against the restrictions of adult life, and both have faked their way to the top in different ways. But while Don represents the benefits of extreme denial mixed with occasional sincerity, Pete shows us how it looks when you navigate an unfair world armed only with blind ambition and raging emotions that get the most of you regularly. While Don smoothly lies through his teeth without flinching, Pete stutters, fakes it, breaks down seconds later, and fools no one, not even himself. Don has occasional dark nights of the soul, sure, but Pete is awash in confusion and self-loathing, so much so that he can barely control himself.
television  history  1960s  identity  aesthetics  cable  writing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Handy on Mad Men | vanityfair.com
“I’m not avoiding answering the question, but I’m doing something that I do a lot, which is avoiding saying, ‘I don’t know.’ And that’s from my family—it’s really bad to get caught not knowing something. I hope I’ll know when I get there. When I started the show, when I had the inkling of the idea, I thought, What was it like for people to go through this [historical period]? It wasn’t a loss of innocence, but things really did change. There was some shit falling apart, as much as there was in the 1930s. Hopefully we don’t have to experience that again, but to come out on the other side and, you know, What does Don look like when Kent State happens? I would kind of like to know that.”
television  culture  magazines  1960s  aesthetics  1970s  writing  cable 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Advertising - Predicting a Shift in Communications Spending - NYTimes.com
An interesting shift occurred in 2008, the report said. For the first time, consumers spent more time with media they paid for, like books or cable television, than with primarily ad-supported media, like newspapers and magazines.

“It’s not that people aren’t willing to pay for content, because they are paying for video games, fantasy sports information, music downloads,” Mr. Rutherfurd said. “There’s just some content they’re not willing to pay for.”
marketing  video  sports  music  media  journalism  newspapers  social  business  film  cable  television  radio  mobile  information  magazines  books 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | Inside the biggest, weirdest funeral ever
People vigorously punched in text messages, but no one looked up or attempted to converse with their fellow mourners. There was no crying, no yelling, none of the palpable gravity of Princess Diana's memorial. As I watched the man next to me push buttons on his iPhone, it began to dawn on me how much and how fast our society has changed. These days, the best way to collectively experience a mass event may be alone, in front of one's television or computer.
technology  mobile  death  public  social  society  ritual  television 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Fans overlook Michael Jackson's dark side | U.S. | Reuters
"I think we can multi-task when it comes to our cultural icons," said Jefferson. "We can live simultaneously with their enormous talent, be it a Michael Jackson, or a Marlon Brando or a Judy Garland or an Elvis. And we can live with the knowledge of the enormous damage that they did to themselves, that was done to them, and that they did to other people."
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  race  psychology  identity  culture 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson's music had impact around the globe | U.S. | Reuters
Michael Jackson went from being Gary, Ind.'s most talented kid to one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet. While his worldwide album sales were astounding, that wasn't the sole reason for his fame. His ascendancy went far beyond the cash register -- he inspired dance moves, dictated fashion trends and raised awareness for social causes around the globe.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How Jackson's Thriller changed the music business | U.S. | Reuters
Ultimately, "Thriller" spent 122 weeks on the Billboard 200, leading Epic to one of its greatest periods of prosperity. Given the decline in album sales, the rise of digital downloads and the lack of an heir apparent to Jackson, it's unlikely another album will ever dominate radio, video or the collective consciousness the way "Thriller" did.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How to attract followers on Twitter and build a useful network | BeatBlogging.Org
Thankfully, it’s not hard to build a community on Twitter that will offer you real value. Always keep in mind that Twitter is not about you. It’s about being social. It’s about the community.

Here is a little guide to getting people to follow you [...]
journalism  twitter  online  media  newspapers  television  radio  social  socialnetworking  ethics 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under God: Jon Stewart, Daily Prophet? - David Waters
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
religion  spirituality  comedy  humor  activism  television  public  judaism  christianity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Media has heaviest drinkers, poll finds | Media | The Guardian
Media workers are the heaviest drinking professionals in England, consuming the equivalent of more than four bottles of wine or more than 19 pints of beer a week, according to government research. People in the profession drink an average of 44 units a week, around double the recommended limit, a Department of Health survey finds. The NHS recommended maximum alcohol consumption for men is 21 to 28 units a week – three to four units a day. For women, the maximum is 14-21 units a week – two to three units a day.
alcohol  newspapers  journalism  media  drinking  beer  wine  television  radio  uk  europe  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Buzz Log - Idol Talk: Reviving the Southern Dynasty - Yahoo! Buzz
In the end, the South rose again. In the last possible moment, Kris Allen made "American Idol" history—or perhaps reinforced it. The numbers and judges may have been with Adam Lambert, but Allen once again showed that the Cinderella storyline could rally the American South and the heartland.
music  criticism  demography  usa  public  social  story  television 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
WorldScreen.com - Articles - New Study Explores Technology, Media and Youth Brands
The study also found that respondents had a favorite channel that they always tune into (80 percent in U.S., 73 percent in the U.K., 70 percent in Germany and 88 percent in India). The exception was Japan, where just 38 percent of youth have a go-to TV channel.
television  marketing  youth  japan  india  uk  usa  germany  media 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brandweek: Study: TV Is Still King
Contrary to popular belief, younger consumers are not the biggest consumers of media. The biggest consumers of media are those in the 45-54 age group, dubbed the "digital boomer." The digital boomer, which on average has a daily screen time of 9 1/2 hours, watches a lot of TV, but also spends a lot of time on the computer. Screen time for all other age groups, including the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups, is 8 1/2 hours.
television  media  research  computers  aging 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Midlife Apocalypse: Oprah's Plugging Facebook | BlogHer
Here's the joke: Even Barbie's had a Facebook midlife crisis. What do you mean who's Barbie? I mean Mattel's Barbie of course! Has Oprah joined her?
facebook  social  socialnetworking  television  aging 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Abroad - French Commercials - Aimed at the Heart More Than the Wallet - NYTimes.com
“That’s because we have always had a very unhealthy relationship to money. To us money implies corruption, and moreover, because we consider ourselves the inventors of freedom, never mind if that’s not true, we still consider advertising as a kind of manipulation. This explains why television commercials started so late here — essentially because leftist opposition saw ads as corrupting the soul.”
marketing  france  europe  identity  money  television 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The opinionated Mr. Damon - TV - MiamiHerald.com
''They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,'' Damon says scornfully. "Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He's repulsive.

"Steve [Soderbergh, who produced yet another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he'd do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they're doing, and they're going to keep doing it.''
obama  interview  film  cinema  movies  politics  television  story  writing  fiction 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Jonathan Barnes - 24 and Me
"The two most recent James Bond films have been justly praised for their attempts to examine the effects that the lifestyle of a secret agent would have upon the psychology of their hero, but 24 got there first. Events do not leave Bauer untouched as they might have many of his fictional antecedents — earlier iterations of Bond, say, or Richard Hannay or Bulldog Drummond — but wound him irrevocably." I've seen both recent Bond movies. I've never seen an episode of "24."
movies  cinema  film  story  fiction  writing  creativity  television 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Contemplating the Consumerist sale and the adpocalypse
In conclusion, the online advertising experiment in which so many of us have engaged is really only ten years or so old. Those who say that it's "mature" are not only mistaken, but they drastically underestimate what a true break the web is from the offline media that came before. We've had a few hundred years to learn to monetize print, over 75 years to monetize TV, and, most importantly, millennia to build business models based on scarcity. In contrast, our collective effort to monetize post-scarcity digital media have only just begun.
marketing  online  media  magazines  newspapers  blogging  television  economics  business 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Could Getting a Buyout Package Lead to Buyout Sex? - NYTimes.com
[...] It doesn’t take abs of steel or a perfect jaw line to be the sexiest man in the newsroom. Those are dowdy places, often a refuge for the smart kids who first fell from social grace in junior high. Occasionally a glamorous person does wander through, but only on his way to a career in television. [...]
sex  relationships  writing  media  journalism  newspapers  news  television  beauty  movies  cinema  film 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com INK Q&A - Wally Lamb
Once, in a hotel room in Dayton, Ohio, I had a strange experience: while channel-surfing, I came upon the quiz show Jeopardy at the exact moment my name surfaced. "He wrote the novel, She's Come Undone," Alex Trebek declared, anticipatorily. The three contestants stood there, lockjawed and dumbstruck, itching but unable to press their thumbs to their buzzers. And sitting on the edge of the bed in Room 714 of whatever hotel chain my publisher had put me in, I mumbled, nearly inaudibly, "Who is Wally Lamb?"
authors  books  portland  writing  television  novels  identity 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Knight News Release Workshop | Knight Foundation Communications Portal
"You do good work. You want people to know about it. But how do you spread the word? This Web site will show you, with a step-by-step guide to creating a media plan and writing a news release. [...]"
online  news  howto  nonprofit  public  publicrelations  media  newspapers  television  radio  email  blogging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Moderator’s Planned Book Becomes a Topic of Debate - NYTimes.com
"She said she had yet to write the chapter she plans to devote to Mr. Obama and argued with descriptions of her book as "pro-Obama." 'Since I haven’t finished the book, it’s interesting people think they know what’s in it,' she said."
obama  books  elections  politics  democrats  president  republicans  journalism  debates  television 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon TV Week: Alan Ball on his new HBO show, "True Blood" | Salon Arts & Entertainment
"I don't want to just sit there and let something that is predigested wash over me and not really think about all of the weird, ambiguous and scary parts of life. I think trying to avoid those is ultimately self-destructive and also destructive in a global sense, because as a race we face a lot of really, really terrifying problems, and we live in a violent, irrational world."
television  cable  writing  creativity  thinking  world  entertainment  sex  death 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Perception propels TV's latest chic geek - The Boston Globe
"Every time I do art, I feel like I'm not serving utility in a direct way. Every time I do science, I miss the spark of the creative impulse. But I've come to realize it's the same. In science or art, it's about intro
science  art  aesthetics  creativity  research  television  cable 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Martin Savidge to Leave NBC News for Public Television Show on World News - NYTimes.com
“Too often Americans are criticized for not taking an interest in foreign news, but too often people don’t make it meaningful enough to them.”
world  journalism  media  television  public  news  attention  reputation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TV Networks Rewrite the Definition of a News Bureau - NYTimes.com
“The easiest way to do it is to hand the journalist a camera, show them the ‘on’ and ‘off’ buttons, and tell them to go to work.”
journalism  online  media  television  cable  business  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gawker: Memos: CNN's New Rules for Personal Blogging
"MOST IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:

UNLESS GIVEN PERMISSION BY CNN MANAGEMENT, CNN EMPLOYEES ARE TO AVOID TAKING PUBLIC POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES AND PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS ON WHICH WE REPORT.

The best rule of thumb is, keep in mind whether what you are doing or saying is "in public." In most cases, what you write online is public or can be made public. [...]"
blogging  media  television  cable  news  wtf 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Night Life Reprogrammed - NYTimes.com
"A debate about what to call the Web video business quickly broke out. 'I look at the term "Internet TV" as the same thing as "vegetarian chicken," ' said Mr. Smooth, explaining that Web video is a new art form that should not be compared to the stale stuff flowing from television sets."
television  video  web  online  nyc  social  technology  nytimes 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » What if they didn’t give a party and nobody cared?
"Time to boil the thing to its essence. It’s not a TV company or a game company. It’s a local news company. Either that has market demand or it’s doomed."
media  newspapers  medianews  television  games  news  community  journalism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Good night and good TV
"News is presenting the story in such a way that a housewife in a kitchen peeling potatoes for dinner will suddenly stop and listen -- and think my god 300 people were burned alive in the Bangkok fire! Thank goodness I wasn't one of them!"
media  television  video  news  journalism  story  canada 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
THE ACADEMY: Goombah 101: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker
"Over Memorial Day weekend, fittingly, Fordham University hosted a conference called 'The Sopranos: A Wake.'"
academia  research  story  television  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'Buffy' stakes out academic turf - 06/09/2008 - MiamiHerald.com
"It's like I tell my students in philosophy a lot of times: We're not so much about necessarily finding all the answers as wanting to ask better questions. 'Buffy,' I think, does that."
story  television  academia  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
First Look: J.J. Abrams' Fringe | The Underwire from Wired.com
"'How long has he been dead?' she asks. 'Five hours,' the intern replies. "'Question him,' she commands."
television  tv  writing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | Those dirty girls
"Sexual ecstasy is not something you buy. It cannot be bought. But we have come a long way. No question. Definitely. But it's not because of 'Sex and the City.' It's because of what real women have done in real lives, not on TV sets."
sex  women  television  power  beauty  writing  diy  cable  friendship  cities  urban  feminism 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Switch to Español - washingtonpost.com
"There's no comparison in the coverage. For people here, there are two places to look for better news: BBC News and Spanish-language news."
language  spanish  english  journalism  media  television  diversity  news  california 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: 'It's about launching a conversation'
"These really not simply amazing people but people either through their actions or through what they were caught up in, not only helped shape the country ... but became a kind of mirror of the country, an explanation for ourselves."
celebrity  canada  identity  television 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Not listening | yelvington.com
"Today I see journalism falling into two traps. One is the passive abandonment of responsibility that sometimes comes along with the 'objective' mode, and the other is the crass exploitation of divisive opportunities that you see from infotainers [...]"
journalism  television  cable  media  politics  elections  obama  campaigns  radio  newspapers  blogging 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Feature by Bret McCabe: Case Closed | 3/12/2008
"[T]he parasite is killing the host. Is the internet a marvelous tool in myriad ways? Of course. Is it the future? No doubt. But thus far it is not a responsible or viable alternative to a major metropolitan newspaper."
newspapers  hbo  television  cable  media  internet  community  journalism  baltimore  maryland  toread 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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