“Donald Trump, Perhaps Unwittingly, Exposes Paradox of Nuclear Arms.” So reads the headline of the latest offering from The Interpreter in The New York Times. Unfortunately, The Interpreter (Max Fisher), perhaps unwittingly, exposes his misinterpretation of nuclear deterrence. Continue reading
Has there ever been a more devastatingly effective use of a pop song in a movie sound track? Or a more quietly shattering portrait of a marriage? Continue reading
Just Americans is mentioned in a story about Saburo Kitagawa by Michael Matza in the Philadelphia Inquirer (November 21).
The master of stop-motion special effects, who influenced Lucas, Spielberg, and Cameron, dies at 92. Continue reading
An unintentionally hilarious analysis of the failings of Old Media buries in its last paragraph the serious caveat that, for New Media, “coming up with revenue models continues to be difficult.” And nowhere is it explained that all those much lauded New Media chops — “curation,” linking, aggregation — require … um, something to “curate,” link to, and aggregate in the first place. Continue reading
The singer of “At Last” and other songs dies at 73.
Barry Blitt’s cover illustration for the current (October 24) New Yorker is a post-modern version of cartoons from the late 19th century that savaged the trusts and Tammany Hall. Continue reading
A Washington Post report on the “fury at Murdoch” reveals a difference between British and American politics that challenges conventional wisdom on the role of money in elections. Continue reading
The announcement by News Corp. that it would be closing News of the World in response to allegations that the British tabloid engaged in phone hacking and possible criminal behavior will no doubt be received with joy by the countless detractors of Rupert Murdoch. But before celebrations begin, one question should be raised: Is it actually good news that a 168-year-old newspaper with 3.7 million readers is going out of business? Continue reading