Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hardening of the Categories

One way we might examine the dynamic and complex environments around us is by breaking those environments down as systems and subsystems. Much can be revealed about the structures that constitute our environments, their interplay with other structures, and the … Continue reading

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Storming & Informing

I thought I’d follow up my last post on #stormporn with a slightly more developed take on the critique of television in event coverage of the sort we had during Hurricane Irene. The public discourse I’ve been following and participating … Continue reading

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#stormporn

CUNY journalism prof and author of “What would Google Do,” Jeff Jarvis, has become quite the maestro of Twitter hashtags. During the peak of the Washington “debt-crisis” debacle he tweaked the discourse with the trending hashtag #fuckyouwashington and has struck … Continue reading

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Sucking the Air out of Public Places

Look at this photograph I took at my local airport’s gate area: What is it exactly that has these folks collectively transfixed? *** *** *** *** *** Ah, yes. Television. In this particular case, the travelers were entranced by the … Continue reading

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The Irony of Mr. Vernon

I’ve always been a big fan of the 1985 John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. I think my enjoyment of the film largely comes from the fact that I was a high school student in 1985, and the sensibilities speak … Continue reading

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Google: The Internet’s Cheshire Cat

Lewis Carroll anticipates the Internet and Google…or at least one might play a McLuhanesque game based on the premise. The Matrix certainly makes the explicit link between Through the Looking Glass and the virtual world, but why stop there? The … Continue reading

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McLuhan’s Basement : Newhart’s Elevator

I’ve been reading the extraordinary biography of Marshall McLuhan by journalist Philip Marchand recently, and one relatively minor blurb about television caught my attention and struck me as amusing enough to share. Marchand writes: When television appeared in the fifties, … Continue reading

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