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.
From the Library of Congress to the Smithsonian Institution, national research resources abound for the curious writer. Here’s how to use them.
By Jennifer L. Blanck @ The Writer
The C-SPAN app may be downloaded here as well.
An introduction and overview of mass communication.
“Fuck you, we’re basically a publicly funded marketing department for every publisher in the country, and we constantly hold author events where authors sell lots of books, the profits from which go to publishers and not libraries.”
By Michael Kozlowski @ Good e-Reader
Just the thing for an August afternoon
By Doyle McManus @ Los Angeles Times
By Bill Zeiser @ Real Clear Politics
And it doesn’t help that we have a president who routinely endorses, or retweets, conspiracy theories, ensuring they stay in the public eye even longer.
By Brian Resnick @ Vox
Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today by John Shelby Spong @ Good Reads
From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity by Bart Ehrman @ Sycamore Creek Church
The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History by Craig R. Koester @ SnagFilms
The FBI acknowledges conspiracy theory-driven violence is not new, but says it’s gotten worse with advances in technology combined with an increasingly partisan political landscape in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.
By Jana Winter @ Yahoo News