Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Field Theory: The future's so different…,

    As far as I can tell Avatar is only showing in 3D in about five cinemas *in the country*

    ..and Chartwell in Hamilton, where it has been booked out for days.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Did anyone else see this Greg Dixon column just before Christmas?

    I did and I agreed with him, for it fits my sole BDO experience (to see Arcade Fire). But I wonder who the 40,000+ who have bought tickets for this year's bunfight might be.

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  • I feel Ayn Rand,

    Gossip is how humans communicate, a lot of the time, and no-one is forcing anyone to participate at knife-point.

    As in all professions, when academics get together (usually at conferences) much of the talk is what I would call 'gossip'--who has shifted jobs, who is feuding with whom, in which department, who has fallen off the rails, who is angling for promotion, who has written the most outlandish article recently, etc etc.

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  • I feel Ayn Rand,

    But am I the only person who finds the whole ratings argument rather disingenuous?

    No, you are not. Ratings--especially Peoplemeter measurement which is the standard across the globe--are a load of horse-doo. I don't wish to divert this conversation but, on some other occasion, I am happy to argue as to why they are a steaming heap of horse-doo.

    The problem is that whilst there is so much money invested in ratings (eg it costs an estimated $NZ5million a year for AC Nielsen to run the NZ system); so many egos dependent on them, and so little public questioning of such constructions of the TV audience by producers, programme makers and funders (including NZOA), they continue to dominate. I have worked in audience research, and have written a bit about ratings over the years.
    I was pleased to hear Brenda L, from NZ on Screen, having a go at ratings at the SPADA conference last year.

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  • I feel Ayn Rand,

    If we buy into the Ayn Rand dim version of the world, then we have to ask whether Mr R. Hide is one of her majestic individuals (he may well think so).

    Tried to read Rand once and gave up early on because it was so crappy (but, then again, thus was my experience with Mein Kampf). But, then, I am deeply resistant to any world view which bases its belief system on one book or singular philosophy, from the bible to The Fountainhead to Steiner's take on early childhood education (no primary colours, no primary colours!)

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Geoff, seriously. Oh. Em. Gee. I am so excited about Al Green

    Just as long as he sings "Belle". I saw him on Later With Jools Holland a couple of weeks back and I thought his voice was straining a bit at the high notes. But any notes will be good.

    Happy to buy you a drink or two, if I run into you at the Civic.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Is that Jeff Mangum aka Neutral Milk Hotel?

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    I have to say that I am much more excited by the Laneways lineup than the BDO

    ..and, dare I say, I am looking forward to Al Green at the Civic on Jan 21 more than any of that...

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  • Hard News: Holiday Musings,

    Storylines don't need to be original, they need to be compelling

    I agree and I will quote (again) Phillip Larkin's dictum Every story has a beginning, a muddle, and an end.

    I am not convinced, however, that Cameron's visual imagination is matched by an ability to construct a compelling and convincing plot. Indeed, his dialogue is more cringe-inducing than creative..

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  • Hard News: The Honours,

    @Phil. Wonderful! I wonder how Martin Luther King or Winston Churchill might go..

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