One day as I was fast-forwarding through the commercials of a show I recorded, I noticed an inordinate number of scenes, however brief, of smartphones whizzing by in the ads. Practically every commercial displayed a smartphone or computer of some type, regardless of the product being advertised. The innumerable number of smart devices are less obvious when watching the commercials at normal speed, but the rapid succession of images brought them to light. My subsequent inspection of commercials have revealed a bit less than my initial discovery, but it’s still striking.
On the other hand, there are movie.
An introduction and overview of mass communication.
The making of 1971’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Vintage Footage (9:34)
Paula Kerger, who joined the Public Broadcasting Service as president and CEO in 2006, told a TV critics meeting Monday that she committed to stay in the job for five more years because of her belief in “the purpose and power of public television.”
By Lynn Elber @ ABC News
An excellent exploration by Devon Deimler of this iconic 1969 film.
(Thirty three minutes and fifty eight seconds)
Film review by Owen Gleiberman @ Variety
American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel
By Johanna Blakley @ The Conversation
Five shows that all three ideological groups watched include America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bones, Criminal Minds, MythBusters and Pawn Stars.
Microsoft’s eBook Apocalypse by Brian Barrett @ Wired
By Sara Century @ Syfy Wire
Because this has always been a sensitive and controversial subject and perhaps always will be, it is through the often socially taboo genre of horror that questions of faith are so often most successfully addressed.
I came across this article from The Western Journal, a conservative website founded by conservative opinion commentator Floyd Brown, which critiques a HuffPost Q&A session with Penny Lane, director of the documentary Hail Satan?
The critique has a modicum of weight to it. There are indeed practitioners of theistic Satanism, in far-right Nazi groups for example. Additionally, The Western Journal article cites Santa Barbara Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Russell’s work on the history of theistic Satanism. I have not read any of Russell’s books, but a review of an Amazon product description to his tome A History of Witchcraft reveals, “Whether the diabolical witchcraft for which men and women went to the stake ever existed is open to question. What matters more is that it was believed by intellectuals and peasants alike.”
Here is a short history of the many incarnations of the the devil as depicted in the Bible from The Biblical Archaeology Society.
By Jana Riess @ Religion News Service
…the night is dark, and full of terrors.
I am not myself a consumer of this particular piece of mass culture.
By Jennifer Ouellette @ Ars Technica
“The problem is that people have very high expectations,” Gilliam told the BBC in May 2017. “A lot of people say I’m a fool to make the film, and that it would have been better to let people imagine how great it would have been rather than making it a reality and disappointing them. People love Roman ruins because they’re not complete and you can imagine them. So I may be making a great mistake. Maybe the film would be better as a fantasy.”
A short film directed by Eric Kissack.
I could not stop cracking up.
By Gail Mitchell @ Billboard
The bigger thing is that Cooke, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Dr. King and Jim Brown were all circling each other and learning from each other. It was this robust intellect; people poised to shape and change our culture. And we lost every single one of them except Brown. Examining what we lost as a culture and spending time in that space was a beautiful learning experience.