Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Media and Journalists and Writers: Post-Truth

INK BOTTLE“The government of my country snubs honest simplicity, but fondles artistic villainy, and I think I might have developed into a very capable pickpocket if I had remained in the public service a year or two.”
~Mark Twain, Roughing It

HMRC IT boss quit £185k job for more cash 

“Art,” Jeanette Winterson observed in a terrific conversation about art and the human spirit“pulls people up short. It says, don’t accept things for their face value; you don’t have to go along with any of this; you can think for yourself.” This function of art as a force of wakefulness — of wokefulness — is particularly vital and vitalizing at times of injustice and oppression, under regimes built on ideologies of mass coercion. But it comes at a price

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms, 1929
Amerikan Dragon 1899 - 1963

The series was adapted from novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, which were co-written by ex-News Corp political correspondent Steve Lewis and the ABC's Chris Uhlmann.
At a time when the public is particularly cynical about our leaders, there is something appealing about programs like Secret City that imagine us as flies on the walls in the corridors of power
In what may possibly be a sign of the impending apocalypse, Canberra is beginning to look pretty good on Australian screens.
I'm not, of course, in any way referring to current coverage of the federal election campaign, the drudgery of which is making that long-rumoured 10-hour Lars von Trier film about hibernating prairie dogs an ever more appealing proposition.
In 2014, ABC TV's The Code brought guns, hackers, murder and uranium to the steps of Parliament House. It was a pace-y, more-you-peel-more-it-stinks onion of a thriller, led by actor Dan Spielman as a journalist Who Knows Too Much.

Secret City: A fictional antidote to the dull reality of Canberra

The Artist Who Won Britain’s Hepworth Prize Plans To Share It Equally With All The Other Finalists 

Sculptor Helen Marten said, “In the light of the world’s ever lengthening political shadow, the art world has a responsibility, if not to suggest a provisional means forward, then at least show an egalitarian platform of democracy. I believe the hierarchical position of art prizes today is, to a certain extent, flawed.”

The Oxford Dictionaries declared "post-truth" the word of the year (evidently they were unimpressed with our counterarguments

Author photo, tours, readings, lectures, interviews: The modern hustle of the moderately successful writer. Elena Ferrante wanted none of it...Book Club 

How Swedish literature reflects the benefits of a shorter working day The Conversation 

Hardly normal NorMan: WHY JOURNALISTS LOVE TWITTER Current Affairs (chris g). The use of tweets in lieu of quotes based on original reporting has been noteworthy

Blankespoor, Elizabeth and deHaan, Ed and Zhu, Christina, Robo-Journalism and Capital Markets (November 7, 2016). Available for download at 
“In 2014, the Associated Press (AP) began using algorithms to write media articles about firms’ earnings announcements
One of Japan’s largest casualty insurers is going to start offering internet and social media backlash insurance.
Here is the link, including to the original Japanese

To grow up in the Soviet Union was to celebrate suffering. It “justifies our hard and bitter life. For us, pain is an art” Celebrating Suffering 

...roads paved by the brave without knowing the way
Don't stray bro they didn't build Rome in a day
And I don't need to satisfy a ceaseless appetite
Just to feel at peace or gratified
If we don't reach for the stars only reach for satellite
We'll live in faded colour and dream in black and white
I know our demons walk among us
But struggles something that we do not something to becomes us
So let go of the of all the suffering and hurt
Yo unless we ball it up and we burst
Via BC The Lyrics Noir- burning midnight oil 

“The ‘freedom of the press’ doesn’t give the media any special privileges — but it’s also not a redundancy” [Eugene Volokh]

Biography in Twitter age
Dan Filler (Drexel), The Value Of The Pence Protest ...