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500 Questions is the new TV quiz game where contestants try to answer a series of rapid-fire questions. The show is being broadcast for seven consecutive nights. Tonight, May 27 is the sixth night (8pm on ABC). .
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.
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.
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.
- The Register: US drops ‘net regulation bombshell, threatens WCIT exit -- Pique-propelled pacifier projectile launched at ITU
- ZDNet: WCIT-12 leak shows Russia, China, others seek to define 'government-controlled Internet'
- LISWire: Kudzu Kidz, LLC Launches a New Book, Counting and Rhyming with Friends, fun for all ages!
- Security4Lib - IT Security For Libraries
- Reuters: Internet governance talks in jeopardy as Arab states, Russia ally
- Chronicle of Higher Education: What if We Made Fewer Ph.D.'s?
- AEIdeas: November Jobs Report -- Another nasty, ‘new normal’ month for US workers
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Is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we've gained?