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Strange Horizons - Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift By Erin Horáková
An interesting essay on the ways that popular culture misremembers Star Trek to make Kirk a reckless womanizer.
television  title(StarTrek)  memory  culture  gender  reader  reception  popular  feminism  criticism 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Computer Chronicles : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
"Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world's most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 - 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide, with translations into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The series had a weekly television broadcast audience of over two million viewers."
computers  history  news  journalism  1980s  1990s  2000s  television  personal  technology  sts 
january 2017 by tsuomela
Shaka, When the Walls Fell - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic
"A charming sentiment, and a move that always works for Star Trek—the juxtaposition of classical antiquity and science-fictional futurism. But Picard gets it wrong one last time. To represent the world as systems of interdependent logics we need not elevate those logics to the level of myth, nor focus on the logics of our myths. Instead, we would have to meditate on the logics in everything, to see the world as one built of weird, rusty machines whose gears squeal as they grind against one another, rather than as stories into which we might write ourselves as possible characters. It’s an understandable mistake, but one that rings louder when heard from the vantage point of the 24th century. For even then, stories and images take center stage, and logics and processes wait in the wings as curiosities, accessories. Perhaps one day we will learn this lesson of the Tamarians: that understanding how the world works is a more promising approach to intervention within it than mere description or depiction. Until then, well: Shaka, when the walls fell."
title(StarTrek)  language  linguistics  metaphor  logic  philosophy  culture  television 
june 2014 by tsuomela
Emily Nussbaum: Norman Lear and the Rise of the Divided Audience : The New Yorker
"There is no way—and maybe no reason—to unite TV’s divided audience. If television creators began by trying desperately not to offend, they clearly learned that the opposite approach can work just as well: a show that speaks to multiple audiences can get ratings by offering many ways to be a fan. As for the “vast wasteland” debate, at times it feels as if the balance has shifted so far toward a reflexive cynicism (about torture as entertainment, for example) that it’s difficult even to talk about the subject—at least, without getting called a Margaret Dumont. Perhaps there’s another way to look at it, which is to imagine an ethical quality that is embedded in real originality. The best series rattle us and wake us up; the worst are numbing agents. Sometimes, a divided audience is a result of mixed messages, an incoherent text; sometimes, it’s a sign of a bold experiment that we are still learning how to watch. But there’s a lot to be said for a show that is potent without being perfect, or maybe simply perfect for its moment: storytelling that alters the audience by demanding that viewers do more than just watch."
television  criticism  1970s  morality  history 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Bill Nye the Science Guy Has Become Liberals' Climate-Change Star | New Republic
"The "Meet the Press" and Creation Museum appearances are part of a broader cultural renaissance for the former host of "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," a popular PBS Kids show for much of the 1990s, and the fawning doesn’t end with the press. Policymakers sing his praises as liberally as liberal pundits, with one White House official even telling Mother Jones that President Barack Obama himself “lights up when he sees Bill.”"
science  communication  popularize  popular  television  media  celebrity 
march 2014 by tsuomela
U B U W E B - Film & Video: John Berger - Ways of Seeing (1972)
"Ways of Seeing was a BBC television series consisting of visual essays that raise questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series gave rise to a later book of the same name written by John Berger. "
television  series  video  archive  visual-thinking  1970s  criticism 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Why Cosmos Can’t Save Public Support for Science - Audra Wolfe - The Atlantic
"As is so often the case with science communication, the assumption seems to be that public understanding of science—sprinkled with a hearty dose of wonder and awe—will produce respect for scientific authority, support for science funding, and a new generation of would-be scientists. If only Americans loved science a little more, the thinking goes, we could end our squabbling about climate change, clean energy, evolution, and funding NASA and the National Science Foundation. These are high hopes to pin on a television show, even one as glorious as Cosmos."
science  communication  television  public-understanding  popularize 
march 2014 by tsuomela
MTV's Musical Legacy: How 'Unplugged' Sold The Radio Star : Monkey See : NPR
"In the end, MTV pushed spectacle in music, but simultaneously created a market for an authenticity proving ground, which it then filled. Just as "Money For Nothing" could be both of MTV and suspicious of MTV, artists could combat their MTV images ... on MTV. That was the way in which the channel was revolutionary: for a brief cultural moment, it was both the disease and the cure – both supply and demand."
history  music  television  culture  1980s  authenticity 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Narratomania | berfrois
"In my view, stories are important not because they make us behave morally but because, on the one hand, they encourage us to confront the barrier between the imaginative and actual universe and, on the other, they discourage us from adopting a literalist view of this universe."
narrative  story-telling  non-fiction  publishing  habit  media  television  framing  personality 
october 2012 by tsuomela
What if Interactivity is the New Passivity? Jonathan Sterne / McGill University | Flow
"What if all the bad things that media critics have been said about passivity for the past century or two are now equally applicable to all the demands to interact, to participate? What if interactivity is now one of the central hinges through which power works? In many moments today, the most compliant gesture we can make is to consent to interact on the terms presented to us by our software and machines. "
media  critique  criticism  passivity  interaction  interactive  television  social-media  critical-theory 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Mythbusters Banned From Discussing RFID By Visa And Mastercard | Disinformation
Host Adam Savage of Mythbusters tells how Visa, Mastercard, and Discover had the Discovery Channel put the kibosh on an episode that would have revealed just how “trackable and hackable” the RFID chips found in many credit cards are. It’s a telling example of how corporate advertisers serve as the gatekeepers of mainstream media/entertainment:
rfid  business  advertising  corporatism  television  media 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Star Maidens
"The were patiently waiting for Space:1999 to return for its second year when a beguiling sci-fi series shuffled onto your screens, regional ITV scheduling permitting, for a brief thirteen weeks and then sloped off apologetically to disappear forever. Maybe you're here because you just vaguely believe you may have dreamt about a planet ruled by women dressed in platform boots (and perhaps you did - that's your own business), or maybe because you're a 'fan' infuriated by the lack of hard and fast info around on this series. Maybe you're just hoping to find pictures of Judy Geeson dressed as a space lady. Whatever brings you here - you're in luck. This site intends to bring you everything you ever wanted to know about Star Maidens but were afraid to ask."
television  tv  1970s  sf  fandom 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Chuck Barris -
"Long before "Survivor," the eccentric who created "The Gong Show" discovered that people will do anything to get on TV, and others will watch them."
television  history  celebrity  fame  motivation 
january 2011 by tsuomela Science Fiction
If you are a true science fiction fan then you will agree there is nothing more superior to this genre of books, games, movies, television shows and so much more. It is within the realm of science fiction you can expand your mind beyond the confines of reality and dive deep into the worlds of creativity and fantasy. Our goal is to do just that
sf  fiction  television  movies  reviews  news 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Caring about the X Factor
"“Do clever people care about the X Factor?” asks Matthew Taylor.
Yes - by definition. The X Factor final got 17 million viewers. Any clever person must be curious about such a significant social phenomenon. " Annotated link
television  culture  talent  fundamental-attribution-error  fame  music  pop 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Christmas tree and the TV set: If they were made for each other, why keep them apart?
"Christmas is watched on television at least as much as it actually lived, if not more. "
culture  television  christmas  commerce 
december 2010 by tsuomela
About Last Night: Not unlike
Most fascinating of all, though, is the fact that the earliest surviving color videotapes of entertainment telecasts should be devoted to the three TV specials featuring Fred Astaire that aired on NBC between 1958 and 1960. Astaire, needless to say, starred in a good many color films, but the movies for which he is best remembered are all in black and white, and to see his dancing preserved via the you-are-there immediacy of videotape is to feel the obscuring veil of the past falling away like a layer of shed skin.
television  history  perception  black-and-white  color  media 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Hot Air : CJR
Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?
climate  climatology  meteorology  television  environment  science  psychology  journalism  media 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Ailes' New Political-Media Party: The FNC-RNC Hostile Take-Over - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
This FNC/RNC merger is another threat to reasoned discourse in public life, because it is a showman's concoction of very powerful emotional elements: resentment, sex, religion, anger. It creates its own reality.
politics  republicans  media  television  conservatism 
january 2010 by tsuomela
The Big Blog Theory
By science advisor for television show Big Bang Theory.
weblog-individual  television  science  physics 
october 2009 by tsuomela
HBO Imagine
An interesting 3d cube story-telling interface.
television  story-telling  visualization  3d  video  interactive  interface  design 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Role of Television in Household Debt: Evidence from the 1950's
We examine whether advertising increases household debt by studying the initial expansion of television in the 1950’s. Exploiting the idiosyncratic spread of television across markets, we use microdata from the Survey of Consumer Finances to test whether households with early access to television saw steeper debt increases than households with delayed access. Results indicate that television increases the tendency to borrow for household goods and to carry debt. Television is associated with higher debt levels for durable goods, but not with total non-mortgage debt. The role of media in household debt may be greater than suggested by existing research.
economics  history  technology-effects  technology  debt  1950s  television  media 
october 2009 by tsuomela
A professor, a genocide, and NBC's quest for a prime-time hit.
genocide  country(Rwanda)  history  television  law 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Home Page - Television Tropes
Welcome To TV Tropes!

What is this about? This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart's content.
wiki  reference  television  writing  tropes  resources  culture  art  fiction 
may 2009 by tsuomela
She Did It Her Way « Easily Distracted
In a way, the Susan Boyle story is a reminder that liberalism actually has heartfelt, emotionally rich stories that are intimately familiar to many people in many societies. Chief among them is the insistence that individuals contain within them talents, character, particularities which are poorly described by stereotypes or collective identities and poorly managed or appreciated by social institutions and conventions.
about(SusanBoyle)  talent  liberalism  exploitation  reality  television 
may 2009 by tsuomela
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