Archive for April, 2012
Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Sean
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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by Sean
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 by Sean
If you follow 60 Minutes on Twitter, you’ve surely noticed that it’s “The most successful news magazine in TV history.” The designation is the first thing noted under “@60Minutes” on the show’s profile. With the advent of the World Wide Web, it’s unlikely that any television news magazine will ever manage to accomplish what 60 Minutes did in its prime–the news breaking, the authority, the controversy, the capturing of all the hearts and minds in Americans at once.
The show’s influence will be forever tied to the personality and broadcasting panache of Mike Wallace, who died earlier this week. Mike will be missed, but the hour of news, features, and profiles he helped establish will most certainly go on without him. Though 60 Minutes may never again be quite as successful as it was when network television ruled the world, it will still be gloriously important, imperfect, hammy, and powerful. Take last Sunday’s feature on a beyond-obscure Congolese symphony orchestra, for example:
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Sean
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the
consulate. The man with the candy; will lead the children into the sea.
The naked woman on the ledge outside the window on the sixteenth
floor is a victim of accidie, or the naked woman is an exhibitionist, and it
would be ‘interesting’ to know which. We tell ourselves that it makes
some difference whether the naked woman is about to commit a mortal
sin or is about to register a political protest or is about to be, the
Aristophanic view, snatched back to the human condition by the fireman
in priest’s clothing just visible in the window behind her, the one smiling
at the telephoto lens. We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the
social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see,
select the most workable of multiple choices. We live entirely, especially
if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate
images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shifting
phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”
— Joan Didion, The White Album
Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Sean
Friday, April 6th, 2012 by Sean
Friday, April 6th, 2012 by Sean
Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Sean
The interpretation? Open. The candor? Laudable–especially during an election year.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by Sean
Space Shuttle Discovery shot out beyond our stratosphere some 40 times before being retired last year. You may remember our fair maiden from such adventures as Flying Hubble into Orbit or Servicing The International Space Station.
So, what now for Discovery? We’ve reached the end of the shuttle era and she takes up a fair amount of space. Why not send her to the District of Columbia to be admired by the masses? Why yes, that seems quite appropriate. Lucky for us, NASA feels the same way. TOY STORY 3 SPOILER ALERT: Much like Buzz and Woody, Discovery has fulfilled its mission and will move on to a new home to be fetted with endless events, exhibits, and playtime. Who knows? Maybe it will inspire some young whippersnapper to design its successor.
How does one transport a space shuttle from Florida to the District, anyway?