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Posts Tagged: Media

Straw Man

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“Just as women don’t hate Samantha Brick for being beautiful, and feminism hasn’t ruined anyone’s chances to be married, and no one thinks mothers don’t work, and there is no argument between working and stay-at-home mothers, there is no contradiction between the sexual imagination of some and sexual politics for all.”

At The Guardian, Hadley Freeman skewers the strategy–at play in both politics and media–that seeks to inspire in-fighting amongst women thereby distracting from actual policies or content.

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“The Faces of Black Men”

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“Somewhere between the inaccurate and distorted media images of the black male super predator and the black male superhero, live the majority of black men.”

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education has created a Tumblr dedicated to moving past media myths and representing “the everyday lives of black men.” Anyone can submit images with brief descriptions of “the boys, men and male-identified folks in your life.” Check out the blog’s archive.

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A Place for Literary Videos

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In response to YouTube’s lack of a literature category, Reddit has created its own “underground” site for literary videos.

“Poetry videos, short story videos, live readings, spoken work performance, audiobook links, animated storytelling videos, documentaries about writers, book trailers, author interviews, and anything else you can think up that combines literature and other media.”

(Via GalleyCat)

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Talking, Lying Heads

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Certain technological mediums seem to encourage lying, and—according to this article— “may make it easier for talking heads to lie.”

Researchers have found that—compared to in-person interactions—people lie more by phone, but less by email and IM. Factors that encourage lying include real-time interactions and being in separate rooms, while lying rates decline when the interactions can be easily recorded.

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The Poet as Pinup

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Wild Women Press just wrapped a photo shoot for a 2012 calendar featuring a new nude poet for every month of the year, with proceeds from sales going to type one diabetes research.

To top it off, all of the pinups are male, which Wild Women Press co-founder Victoria Bennet said sprung from the the inspiration to ‘explore the idea of the male muse, as opposed to the female muse.” Each poet was paired with a female photographer for their shoot, which took place after photographer and subject read a piece written by a female poet for inspiration.

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Publicists vs. Reporters

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“The dangers are clear. As PR becomes ascendant, private and government interests become more able to generate, filter, distort, and dominate the public debate, and to do so without the public knowing it.”

Newsrooms are experiencing a PR takeover—as the numbers of journalists further descend, publicists are picking up the slack and filling in the empty spaces that reporters once occupied.

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Lovely Faces

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“Welcome to the only dating site that lists real people, sincerely posting their real data and picture. You’ll feel comfortable watching them. Just like in Facebook.”

To construct Lovely Faces, the third column in their phenomenal Hacking Monopolism Trilogy, which began with Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir, Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico borrowed info from one million Facebook profiles, then ran the pics through face-recognition software.

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Love in the Time of Terror Babies

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“My parents, with admirable foresight, had their first child while they were on fellowships in the United States. My mother was in public health, and my father in a library-science program. Having an American baby was, my mother once said, like putting money in the bank.”

So begins Daniel Alarcón (who is reading at the next Monthly Rumpus)’s recently published short story “Second Lives,” whose narrator is a Latin American man with a potent longing for a First World life.

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