Posts Tagged: Media
I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the night –Roman emperor Gaius Caligula (AD 12–AD 41).
Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich. –Donald Trump
Even after authors finish writing their book, they have plenty of work to do to promote it. With so many books and limited space in media outlets, the literary hustle is a major part of any book launch. Over at Publishers Weekly, Camille Perri looks at the challenges and subjectivity of book coverage:
I also try to remind myself that even though the list of books that garner the most buzz each season can feel arbitrary or even disheartening, I do believe the cream rises to the top.
According to research by the Global Media Monitoring Project, women comprise 24% of the people read about or heard in print, radio, and television news—a statistic that has changed very little in the last twenty years. The Women’s Media Center outlines actions being taken around the world to combat gender bias in media reporting....more
As part of my ongoing thesis of questioning how we create, consume, store (and fetishize) media, it’s my wish that a classic, functioning typewriter altered to write in the most popularly despised font of modern times will provoke thoughts about such media concerns.
On October 5th, a collection of speakers presented their use of technology in modern day storytelling.
Featuring innovations beyond flourishy eBooks, the fifteen short films featured on The Future of Storytelling’s site are inspirational and provide a starting point for conversations around new/old media....more
“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....more
“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....more
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.”
Louis CK has revealed the results of a social experiment in which he directed, self-produced, and sold his show Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theater. By doing it all himself and avoiding a big company, he was able to make the show available internationally, free of restrictions, and only five dollars....more
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....more
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....more
Al-Jazeera has started a new project–an online dictionary of words and phrases the mainstream media (which I–though not everyone–would argue they’re a part of) uses when writing/talking about whatever the news story of the day happens to be. It’s either darkly funny or painfully true, or perhaps a combination of both....more
“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....more
“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....more
How a Brooklyn musician uses Tumblr to cover a song a night (roughly) and write accompanying life stories....more
“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....more
“In a way,” I say. “A mating dance. It’s a game. See, these girls compete to marry the boy. In each episode they have to impress him so they can win a rose.