Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Speaker: What Star Wars can teach us…,

    Fascinating and insightful. “Story’ has been a marketing buzzword for the last few years, and I too find this both attractive (of course we all love a good story) and creepy (marketing!? Who wants to be a ‘mark’!?)
    I think there’s a lot more to the success of Star Wars than the ‘monomyth’. There’s something to the ‘hero’s journey’ for sure, but I don’t think you can sweep all mythology into the one structure. It’s too static – and myths do mutate.
    But still. Watching the US president-making-machine grind back into gear, the race is crowded with candidates calling themselves ‘anti-establishment’ and vying for the chance to take on the Death Star.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1805 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    That looks like the ticket. I thought paypal might work, but amazon won't allow that.

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  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…,

    Some success buying music from 7digital and google play. But both appear to have less-than-stellar back-catalogue.
    Bandcamp is great, but didn't have what I was looking for this time.)

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  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…,

    Flying out are good, but limited range of course.
    Just frustrated I can't buy a bunch of music even with ready money :)

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  • Hard News: Music: All this and some…,

    Off-topic and all that but ...
    How do people buy downloadable music in New Zealand, apart from itunes store? I can't find a decent legitimate outlet to spend $.
    Amazon US have a great range, but the Australian/NZ music site seems hopeless. (It doesn't even seem to be separately searchable - so there's no way to work out what you can buy with an NZ credit card, and what you can't, until you try to buy it. Then the rule seems to be - if I want it, I can't have it.)
    Amplifier was good, but only for NZ titles, and it's almost gone.
    Any other options out there?

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  • Hard News: Radio being made, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Reporters will want to get good at sending pictures

    I know reporters who don’t want to get good at photography and video :)

    And broadcasting schools better at teaching this stuff.

    At Canterbury university, the TV component of the journalism diploma has been a bit old-school. But 2015 it was all about shooting – and editing – on whatever students had/could lay their hands on.
    You can get great images on a phone (and rubbish on a high-end dslr!) Mostly they did very well – shooting, writing, and editing. The weakest link (imho) was most often the audio. But even that was surprisingly good sometimes, considering it came from cheap camera/phone mics used thoughtlessly.

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  • Hard News: Radio being made,

    Still good radio, and great to have JC back on air. But I didn't get much from the pics - in fact I felt they detracted at times. Watching good professional journalists look awkward to be on camera was distracting.
    Technically, livestreaming from multiple cameras and multiple sources is 'cheap and easy' now. Adding value is another thing entirely.
    I'm curious whether more shows will go out in this format/style. On one level, having invested in the capacity, it makes sense. 9-noon and the weekend morning interview programmes are studio talk-fests.
    But remembering watching eg Kim Hill interviewing, I don't know if that's a good idea either. KH is amazing to watch - her face races with ideas and emotions, her body-language fast and twitchy. But it also distracts from the joy of the talk - which is surely the real treasure.
    One of the biggest things that keeps radio alive is the ability to enjoy it while doing something else. RNZ needs to hang onto that hard.

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  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine, in reply to Alfie,

    presented by Mihi Forbes. I guess TV3’s sterling record in the current affairs arena must have impressed somebody

    Mihi Forbes record makes all the difference, eh? Cos IMO she has more current affairs mana in her little toe than TVNZ have across their channels.

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  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine, in reply to Alfie,

    How about…

    Reckon I'd watch both of those. In terms of entertainment - irony, tragedy, heart-ache, schadenfreude, unintended consequences, disastrous decisions, ridiculous antics, bare-faced lying, cheap tricks - MediaWorks 2015 has it all.
    Trainwreck TV.

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  • Up Front: So Farewell Then, UCSA,

    If anyone is interested- reminder there's a 'farewell to all that' 10am on Dec 10.
    (Meself - haunted those corridors and sunny rooms for years, sometimes lonely, sometimes with mates. A small gang of far-more-sensible-now friends woke me up on my 20th birthday with a side of roast mutton and a flagon of vodka. By lunchtime we were dancing on the tables in the cafe. It's the only time in my life, I think, I've ever had any desire to dance on a table.)

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