I am teaching a online course this semester ("Teaching NCEA Media Studies") and I was pleasantly surprised, when I polled the 8 students (scattered around the country) about their media use, that all of them regularly read newspapers and magazines, went to the movies, watched TV, and used email. On the other hand, none of them used Twitter. A small group, I know, but they do fall into that demograph (18-24 years) who are not supposed to be using media in this way.
After a very intense funeral for Rosie Jackson in Wellington yesterday (the sort of ceremony I would would want--friends talking of love and friendship, and no religious banalities) , I slipped away to see Yes, Sir, Madam. It was a surprise because I knew nothing about the focus of the film --the first woman police commissioner in India--which could have been dull but was carried by the force of the central character, and the stupidity of those who opposed her throughout her career. A bonus was having the director do a Q&A after the film.
Good thoughts here, Russell. They resonate with the paper I have written for The Future of Journalism conference in Cardiff later this year.
All ok to take a bunch of my students into the bowels of TVNZ on Aug 5, for a Media 7 record?
Flying to Wellington tomorrow for the funeral for Rosie Jackson, which will be rather sad, A week or more on, it still is hard to take.
I used to mis-hear it as 'frolic acid' but I presume that it is a naturally-occuring acid. We do get some unholy alliances around these issues. The anti-flouride mob are stirring again up this way.
We haven't had the festival down here yet but people in Auckland have been saying good things about Afghan Star, a doco about Afghanistan's Pop Idol.
Yes, it is a real treat--and just on the ticket for including in my second year Television course.
I have been in touch with the production company (Havana Marketing), to see when it would be out on DVD. Quite soon in the USA and UK but they asked me if I knew of any potential distributors in NZ. I suggested Real Groovy, Fishpond and Mighty Ape but I would welcome any other suggestions, to pass on to them.
The shitty thing is that if I want to to see any more films, I need to drive up Highway One again. Biill Gosden cancelled the Hamilton festival (after 31 years of festivals), arguing that there wasn't a suitable venue (the Rialto has closed and the Lido in moving in , in late September). There are plenty of available screens, so he has really done us a dirty. Greymouth gets a festival but Hamilton doesn't!!
It seems so weird to me that a lot of people genuinely think buying music is a drag.
I agree but my buying practice must seem archaic to many young 'uns. I buy CDs (sometimes online; sometimes from a store), transfer them to my iPod and seldom play them again. Still, I like the CD as a physical object--the case and inserts. It may well be like the arguments over the e-book vs the paper book--all about tactile pleasures, portability, sharing etc.
Nevertheless , I remain ambivalent about older models of the music industry, as they have screwing us for so long in respect of the actual-per-unit-cost of yer average CD (especially the out-of-license back catalogue), and the pitiful share artists get from the majors profit margin.
I had meant to run a dedicated NZIFF blog, but work and my emergency medical excitements got in the way. I'll get up a rolling discussion this morning.
Thanks, Russell. I didn't want to come across all impertinent.
Oh God, please no. Not this again.
Hands up who wants to talk about films instead!
To sidetrack this discussion for a moment (into another medium), I would be interested in postings about film festival offerings. I drove up to Auckland yesterday, to catch 4 films in a row (damn you Bill Gosden, for unfairly cancelling the Hamilton festival).
Mid-August Lunch, was charming in a slow and Italian fashion.
Afghan Star was wonderful (I have already used it in my teaching)
Moon was bloody good (shades of Solaris + 2001 + Alien)
Humpday was self-regarding tedium. People were chortling all around me and I wondered why.
2.5 out of 4 ain't bad. But then we experienced our own kind of horror film, trying to remember where I had parked our car in the SkyCity bowels. Found it after 50 minutes of searching! Who is the idiot who devised their parking system? Eventually got home at 3am, after driving through a storm. I might do another trip north at the week's end.
....'in' NZ cityscapes, that is
(enough from me today)