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In this lively & provocative collection of essays, veteran media critic Ron Powers, recipient of both a Pulitzer Prize & an Emmy Award, takes a searing look at a pivotal decade in TV history. He playfully presents some serious thoughts on TV, arguing that TV is a subject of utmost importance, perhaps the unifying & inevitable subject of our time. The essays by Powers contain significant insights into what TV did for us &, most especially, to us in the 1980s. He shows how America has reached a stage where the distinction between entertainment, news, & education -- between TV & the real world -- has nearly vanished.
This book was written in 1990. I think it is especially interesting to look at books again because now time has passed and you can see where things have actually headed and that can be contrasted to the discussion in the book.
There isn't much hipster culture that doesn't get lampooned by the IFC program Portlandia. And one of the big cultural shifts of the moment is the move away from ownership and toward access. Younger generations say they care less about owning a home, for instance, or even a car. Why bother, when you can couch surf and car share, bike share and more? It's powering the sharing economy, an economy of bartering and entrepreneurship, where people offer their own excess goods and services.
Librarians know all about ownership vs. access. Full NPR report here.
This year's final episode presents an essay. No new episodes will be released until further announcement is made in 2014. In the interim we encourage you to enjoy the back episodes of the 2013 reboot of The Tomorrow People. (N.B. No sponsorship has been provided by The CW, we just like the show enough to recommend it)
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Writer and Philadelphia area librarian Roz Warren writes about her experience as a guest on the Today Show in the Huffington Post. She was invited to appear after writing an essay about being self-accepting wearing a bathing suit. Warren is 58.
Here's the original post: At Ease With a Body Fighting Gravity from the NY Times Booming.
Twelve videos about librarianship that spoof movies & TV from Singaporean librarian Aaron Tay.
This week's program has a somewhat cheerful essay talking about cultural balkanization as seen through the lens of mid-season television show cancellations. Notice was also given that there will likely be a special dropped into the feed without warning during the week as proceedings continue at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.
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EarlyWord (The Publisher | Librarian Connection) has a post telling about how they answered the question - What Does GCB Stand For?
They are reporting that this post has received 89,000 hits.
Librarian in Crystal Lake on 'Jeopardy!'
A local librarian is scheduled to appear on the game show “Jeopardy!” later this month, making her the third librarian from McHenry County to appear on the program since 2010.
Julie Zukowski, 41, of Lakewood is scheduled to appear on the show May 24. She has worked at the Crystal Lake Public Library since 2005.
Imagine what’s possible from Comcast’s perspective: If you can slice and dice traffic, play definitional chess (“that’s not the internet, that’s a specialized service!”), and be the only game in town, you’ll get to replicate the cable model by making sure that every successful online application owes its success in part to you and pays you tribute.