For a tiny nation like New Zealand, where plans to cut $35 million from the education budget set off national outrage earlier this year (and a backtrack from the government), the “Hobbit” concessions were difficult for many to swallow, especially since the country had already provided some $150 million in support for the three “Lord of the Rings” movies.
Now, even amid the excitement of the “Hobbit” opening, skepticism about the government’s film-centric strategy remains. And recently it has become entangled with new suspicions: that Mr. Key’s government is taking cues from America’s powerful film industry in handling a request by United States officials for the extradition of Kim Dotcom, the mogul whose given name was Kim Schmitz, so he can face charges of pirating copyrighted material.
..If the internet ideal inspired the protest movements of the past year, it’s little wonder they’re struggling..
..Of course, we’re all familiar with the cases of overt oppression that existed, but it’s much harder to identify or even articulate the nature of the oppression that is hardwired into the culture—the sort of thing that flows quietly beneath the surface, assumptions and attitudes that we accumulate little by little over the years.
“It’d go off the newsstands in a week if they printed the real truth … [like] a plain picture … a tramp vomiting, man, in the sewer.
And next door to the picture, Mr. Rockefeller … Just make some kind of collage, which they don’t do.
There’s no ideas at Time magazine.”
I was watching Cameron Crowe’s PJ20 earlier today and there is a segment in there an excerpt from this interview is shown.
Reminded me of my previous post and how much of a struggle it is for these magazines to stay relevant and maintain some sense of integrity in today’s world. The blurry line between their sense of authority and propaganda is highlighted and amplified each time an issue come out.
Of course, Bob figured this out about 50 years ago in 1965.
What If We VisualizedPolitical Positions In 3-D, Instead Of “Left” And “Right”?
- Use the left-to-right dimension for a candidate’s opinion about the appropriate level of government involvement in ownership and regulation of the means of production, and the distribution of goods and money
- Use the up and down (“high” and “low”) dimension for commitment to the Bill of Rights, high for the most, low for the least.
- Use the third dimension, in front of or behind the surface of a piece of paper or a computer screen, for foreign policy
The New York Times says writer Salman Rushdie’s face-off with Facebook–over the deactivation of his account, demand for proof of identity and then temporarily turning him into Ahmed Rushdie–points to an increasingly vital debate that is emerging over how people represent and reveal themselves on the Web sites they visit.
Facebook purports itself to be providing you a definitive identity online - so who decides who you are?