media still influencing public opinion?

the xplosion of information on the internet means high signal-noise ratio. we need filtering mechanisms – friends, trusted sources, or our own motivation to check it out for ourselves. as my mother told me: ‘question everything’.
but even our friends and large media outlets have limited time and resources. things need to posted as soon as received, otherwise it’s not current – 48 hours after posting to youtube, you gotta get your vid 50,000 hits to get up there on the daily most-watched, otherwise you go down to the weekly most watched according to dan ackerman greenburg.

so how much can you believe what you read or hear?
what is the value of an ‘independent voice’ too, and how far does independence stretch nowadays? i mean, we have clay shirkey on TED extolling the virtues of groups and amateur input being co-ordinated via the internet and by virtue of self-organising systems, while we have others such as the horrible andrew keen (no i will not be drawn into linking anything to do with this charlatan on this site, but he is an eye opener. also, colbert’s interview with him on the colbert report was rather amusing) arguing that the amateurism promoted by the internet is ruining journalism and also, well, yes, honest profit-making – which, as we all know, makes the world go round. and will probably not cost us jobs, but will cost us a habitable earth itself into the bargain.

meantime, a small experiment seemed in order over at hungry beast:



…and bugger off murdochs of the world – leave our BBC’s and ABCs alone!…

uh, for those of you not comprehending this outburst, i recommend an update via the following video – made by the BBC, so it must not have an ‘independent’ view of this issue anyway, according to james murdoch. james equates state management of media news gathering and dissemination with lack of plurality, and unfair ‘land-grabbing’ of the media commons.
he claims that the only way for an independent media to survive is through profit… the BBC does not make a profit and thus it unfairly takes away the profit of commercial media enterprises by being too good… and free… duh. but of course, he neglects to mention that if anything is run by the state it is not free, it is a community resource. as people protesting againt universal health care in the USA must also believe….



if the BBC is so popular, then why shouldn’t it be used as a standard? i mean, does popularity necessarily mean lack of independence, or that news and other programming it delivers will be slanted or ‘biased’?
for those on the right, this seems to be the case, i.e. anything run by the state they believe must necessarily produce programming that is skewed in favour of what the government of the day does.

in fact, the problem with the ABC here in oz is that conservative governments so much fear the ‘independence’ of this state-run organisation, that they regularly reduce its funding, cut back positions and instal new heads of departments. it is only the more middle of the road governments (i cannot class the present labor govt as left by any stretch of the imagination) who do not appear to intervene… but of course, all these media wags at the ABC are lefties anyway, as the right will tell you.
oh, and teachers too for that matter – unless they are kept in order by being employed by… you guessed it! private schools run for the holy profit motive.

dragons coming home to land



in 1978, i was living in london, in a place where you sometimes caught sight of a dragon coming in to land on the horizon between the buildings. so close it looked as if it were landing just a couple of bus stops down the road.

a video from youtube saying more about me than anything else…

…well, tracing one’s internet/browsing habits might take the path of checking out what folder-names and actual URLs one has bookmarked in the favourite browser. even better would be access to browser history – obviously i do not use youtube to look for videos of trains and planes and aviators every day, but after a while a pattern does develop…

there are many videos of concorde – from inside and out – on youtube, but this is the one that makes me cry. about the time the second concorde comes back from edinburgh, my throat starts to catch, and by the time the next one is landing i’ve got the tissues out.             ..something about the sky, the people, and the commentary witnessing the last home-coming of these unbelievable flying things seems to tickle my weeping bone.

Shatner Reads Palin

From last night. This will go viral — big time.

Below the fold, both parts of Palin’s actual address. thx Frank
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do you know the dance (still?)

one of my heroes – or perhaps better, ‘role models’ – showing us how it is to be a domestic goddess…



i dont suppose there is any resemblance – in the 4 characters on stage in this clip – to any persons either living or dead? [i’ve always coyly hoped to emulate morticia, i admit….]

the dance continues in another of the clips arrayed accross the bottom (thanks to youtube functionality), and of course, afficionados will enjoy the opening theme song there too…which we all could sing, and with which we all learned to snap our fingers…

eldon’s intertextual reference mine #1

here is the first of a proposed series of TV clips which have somehow figured in my past – and worked in some way to configure my present, so to speak: in this sense, they are “intertextually relevant” for me.

youtube now allows users to rediscover and share clips from the past, and in a way, posting clips on a blog, adding a link to them on your site, sending them on in an email, indicates some affiliation found, and perhaps affiliation sought..

this is the the first segement of the first episode of ‘monkey’ – the english dubbed version released in the late 70s.

the series is based on an old chinese story about the young monk (tripitaka) on his quest for the holy scriptures in gandhara. on the way, he meets many challenges and obstacles  – the biggest challenges are provided by his three helpmates:  representative of the three aspects of himself he needs to both control and incorporate…monkey, sandy (the water demon), and pigsy (the Epicurean)…

Double Cheese, Please

(New York Times 4/15/2009excerpt) When two Domino’s Pizza employees filmed a prank in the restaurant’s kitchen, they decided to post it online. In a few days, thanks to the power of social media, they ended up with felony charges, more than a million disgusted viewers, and a major company facing a public relations crisis.

In videos posted on YouTube and elsewhere this week, a Domino’s employee in Conover, N.C., prepared sandwiches for delivery while putting cheese up his nose, nasal mucus on the sandwiches, and violating other health-code standards while a fellow employee provided narration.

The two were charged with delivering prohibited foods.

By Wednesday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than a million times on YouTube. References to it were in five of the 12 results on the first page of Google search for “Dominos,” and discussions about Domino’s had spread throughout Twitter.

As Domino’s is realizing, social media has the reach and speed to turn tiny incidents into marketing crises. In November, Motrin posted an ad suggesting that carrying babies in slings was a painful new fad. Unhappy mothers posted Twitter complaints about it, and bloggers followed; within days, Motrin had removed the ad and apologized.

you-tubing

testing the embed function with one of my all time fave NC video clips.
everything – the lyrics, the intonation, the set, the suits, the plastic waves, the moves, the hair…
never fails to raise a smile

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