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Part of the reason why I write about the media is because I am interested in the whole intellectual culture, and the part of it that is easiest to study is the media. It comes out every day. You can do a systematic investigation. You can compare yesterday’s version to today’s version. There is a lot of evidence about what’s played up and what isn’t and the way things are structured.
My impression is the media aren’t very different from scholarship or from, say, journals of intellectual opinion—there are some extra constraints—but it’s not radically different. They interact, which is why people go up and back quite easily among them.
You look at the media, or at any institution you want to understand. You ask questions about its internal institutional structure. You want to know something about their setting in the broader society.
via OpenMinds [This was published on November 13]:
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Roswell researcher and author Tom Carey told the crowd at American University yesterday that he has the “smoking gun” to prove once and for all aliens are real. According to an article by WTOP in Washington, Carey claims to have a picture of an alien, but did not have the picture with him.
Carey has been researching the alleged crash a flying saucer in Roswell, NM since 1991. He is a co-author and researcher of a couple of books on the topic with his research partner Don Schmitt.
He told the crowd that the images are on Kodachrome color slides and that their research on the legitimacy of the slides has been promising.
Carey says: “What’s interesting is, the film is dated 1947. We took it to the official historian of Kodak up in Rochester, New York, and he did his due diligence on it, and he said yes, this filmstrip, the slides are from 1947.
This season reminds us that there are a lot of things to be thankful for.
For instance, not having to go to jail for minor infractions like parking tickets.
But sadly, that’s not the reality for everyone. We live in a world where government and corporations continue to make money off of those who are poor, hungry and desperate.
To Prison for Poverty exposes two private probation companies who exploit and make million of dollars off of people who can’t afford small fines.
It’s kind of crazy that people will accept an army draft in wartime, serving jury duty, and now buying health insurance as government mandates, but the notion of required voting provokes outraged reactions. As it is, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be quick to point out you don’t even have a right to vote.
As I have screened PAY 2 PLAY across the country, audience members have been thankful for including solutions that attack the cycle of pay-to-play outlined in our documentary. Most of the fundamental reforms we list in our Fix Six are welcomed without question–except one. Compulsory Voting.
Law students in particular take issue with the idea. As proponents of civil liberties, they’ll insist, how can that be fair? The government forcing people to vote is an abomination. I’d think it is a much bigger abomination that only 36% voted in the 2014 midterms, and they are allowed to affect the country so drastically.… Read the rest
“Historians may credit Mussolini with inspiring Hitler’s rise to power, but the despot called a different contemporary his ‘shining star,'” writes William O’Connor at Daily Beast:
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Adolf Hitler’s obsessions, for he was a man prone to unhealthy fixations, were dangerous for the world—whether with himself, with art school, with his dreams of grandeur, with Eva Braun, with his hatred of Jews—or, more obscurely, with Turkey.
To say that the roots of the Third Reich’s rise have been thoroughly examined would be an understatement. Yet one element of Hitler’s power grab has largely been neglected—the importance of Turkey and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (or as Hitler called him, his “shining star”) on the Führer’s thinking.
In his exhaustively researched new book, Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination, Stefan Ihrig charts the outsized role that Atatürk and the New Turkey played in the minds of Germany’s Weimar-era far right—an influence that extended through the Nazi years.
Just days after another Walmart launched the holiday giving season by placing a food donation bin for employees to help out their co-workers in need, some workers have placed a much larger bin outside the home of someone who makes a little bit more than $10/hour from the nation’s largest retailer — Alice Walton.
Alice is the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. And while the business is publicly traded, the Walton family owns more than half of that stock, making Alice one of the world’s wealthiest people.
The Indianapolis Star just withdrew a comic that many deemed as racist and insensitive. The comic was on the topic of immigration. See the comic here. Not only was this comic racist, it was also incredibly off the mark and here’s why. This clip features Ron Placone and is a video summary from the Indie Bohemians Morning Show: A Morning Show, for people who hate Morning Shows.
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Canadian director David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by technology, whether it’s the grotesque hand/gun hybrid in Videodrome or the fleshy ports in eXistenZ that allow gamers to plug directly into their spines. That interest is fully on display in Cronenberg’s first novel, Consumed, a murder mystery which explores the way that YouTube and 3D printing are shaping our reality.
“I definitely belong on your blog,” David Cronenberg says in Episode 125 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I was definitely a geek. I don’t think I was a nerd, socially, but I was definitely a geek and loved technology.”
Consumed concerns a young couple, Nathan and Naomi, who travel the world in search of ever more scandalous material to post online. They text each other constantly but rarely meet face to face, masters of the digital world but strangely disconnected from the real one.
“It’s tiring,” explains author Stephen King in this succinct interview, “to see the world looks more and more like George Orwell’s vision in 1984 where war is a constant thing… it’s just a little bit depressing.” h/t reddit
Alex Gibney has an excellent portfolio of hard-hitting documentary films including Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013). Now he’s turning the lens on the “church” of Scientology, with backing from HBO, reports the Hollywood Reporter:
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THR has learned that Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) is putting the finishing touches on a film that tackles the Church of Scientology and its Tinseltown tentacles. HBO, no stranger to controversy, having ushered such hot-button docs as The Case Against 8 and the Paradise Lost trilogy to the screen, is eyeing a 2015 airdate for Going Clear, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s controversial book that was also exclusively excerpted in THR.
HBO long has championed documentary filmmaking. It commissioned the Scientology project nearly two years ago, right after the book’s January 2013 publication, when frequent collaborator Gibney brought it to the network.