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Video Art shown to HS students

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 14, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

It seems to me that the best way to get people to think about video and film in different ways than the narrow range shown in commercial media is to systematically expose them to alternatives while they're still young.



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MIT Student Paper Interviews MPAA's Jack Valenti

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 28, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

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Valenti clearly shows "whose side" he's on in the debate about copyright, ownership and the ability of everyone else to live without corporate control.






 

A quote from the past

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 27, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

Personally I believe that the problems faced by avant-garde film began a while ago, and I've come to suspect that these problems began during the 1980s. This quote is from a book called Privatizing Culture by Chin-tao Wu. It seems to sum up the problem, and explains how Hollywood films have managed to annex terms like "independent."
"commercial films are as much art as non-commercial ones.... We've got to bring the two together." (1983) said Frank Hodsoll, NEA chairman during the 1980s.

Interesting to consider since all too often the "experimental category" in festivals is just a euphemism for inept attempts at narrative cinema.






 

A New Culture War Starts?

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 14, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Shari Anne Brill, director of programming at media buyer Carat USA describes it this way: "There will be stricter self-regulatory guidelines because it seems that in this climate, everyone is afraid to cross the line." In other words, there is a definite chilling effect happening. It would be trite to say this is Janet Jackson's fault, since it was underway before she made herself an easy example for the would-be restrictors.

This suggests there is a developing culture war much like we had in the early 1990s. I guess we should all be ready for all sorts of new, unsubstantianted claims of "harm" and the consequent witch-hunts. Anyone making media with unpopoular ideas, or taboo content, caveat lector.






 

The Future of Media?

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 12, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Choice quote from Bill Aho, chief executive officer of ClearPlay Inc.: "It's against the First Amendment to stop the media from providing content that's edgier and edgier. It's up to technology,'' In other words, they are going to build DVD players that have a "don't show" listing. I have to wonder how this doesn't qualify as some kind of censoring, even though I know it *technically* isn't...




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TV causes ADD!?

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 4, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

CNN is running this article.

Apparently TV is bad for children.




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Flavor of the Week

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 2, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

I live in Miami, FL, and we've hosted a branch show of Art Basel for the past two years with the predictable result that we've now got more galleries opening up here. Generally speaking, this is a good thing: more galleries means more support for artists, etc. in the long run.




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Wound Culture

story © Michael Betancourt | published February 14, 2003 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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A spectacle of violence forms around the scene of the crime. The phantom public audience is self-conscious when they encounter the site of violence. It is the as if quality of murder sites seen in mass media that create a gathering point around the wound. The cohesion of civil society is menaced by violence; this is its source of fascinationthe threat it poses through its relationship to chaos.




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