Mass Media

Life is Surprises

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Film, Mass Media, Norms, Now, Spectacle, Sports, surprise, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Life is Surprises

A remnant of what I used to teach… I would say to my students that their medium is “surprises” – not video, not film, not sound, but surprises. Just like actual living. From the New York Times Sunday Review The Economics of Suspense APRIL 24, 2015  Credit Gérard Dubois Gray Matter By JEFFREY ELY, ALEXANDER FRANKEL and EMIR KAMENICA IMAGINE the following situation. After a grueling day at work, you plop down in front of your TV, ready to relax. Your TiVo has recorded all of the day’s March Madness games. You’ve sequestered yourself away from any news about who won or...

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Sports as Spectacle

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Art, Film, Mass Media, Politics, Spectacle, Sports | Comments Off on Sports as Spectacle

Al doilea joc – The Second Game – Match de Retour by Corneliu Porumboiu “In the Communist era, you couldn’t show bad sportsmanship.” C. P.

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Against Repetition

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Art, Mass Media, Norms, Spectacle | Comments Off on Against Repetition

To like something, you must have seen or heard it for a long time, you bunch of idiots. — Francis Picabia Pour que vous aimiez quelque chose, il faut que vous l’ayez vu et entendu depuis longtemps, tas d’idiots. — Francis Picabia

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Richard Serra’s “Television Delivers People” (1973)

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Art, Mass Media, Spectacle, Television | Comments Off on Richard Serra’s “Television Delivers People” (1973)

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Pasolini & Television: The Fascism of Consumer Society

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Mass Media, Politics, Television | Comments Off on Pasolini & Television: The Fascism of Consumer Society

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Idiocy Exists! L’Idiotie Existe!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Mass Media, Spectacle | Comments Off on Idiocy Exists! L’Idiotie Existe!

And it is here to stay! Et elle se porte très bien! You don‘t need to speak French to understand the media circus around another end of the world.

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