Category: Media

Books or Brown Bags?

Chipotle has a tendency to make headlines for more than just its burritos, which, full disclosure, along with being born, hitting my first home run and achieving puberty, are the best thing that ever happened to me. Eat guilt free, they say. The ingredients are fresh, never frozen. The beef is grass-fed, the chicken is […] 

Mr. Misery

Go on YouTube and pick an Elliot Smith video at random—a live performance, interview—and it’s clear that that he was painfully uncomfortable in front of cameras and interviewees, but front of a crowd, armed with only an acoustic guitar, he transformed into someone infinitely more comfortable and unimpeachably cool. As a novice guitar player, it’s […] 

Ballard, Media and Art

More Media Prescience In my last post, I discussed the ways in which Billy Wilder augured the future of media culture in his 1951 film, “Ace In The Hole.”  Along similar lines, JG Ballard‘s short story, “Studio 5, The Stars” anticipates the paradox of the insatiable need for content, and the failure to create anything of […] 

Media Storm

Media Storm: Billy Wilder’s “Ace In The Hole” Billy Wilder’s “Ace In The Hole” was made in 1951, but its themes—cultural boredom, professional opportunism and media hysteria—are as relevant as ever. A Media Storm Brewing Chuck Tatum, played by an explosive Kirk Douglas, is a crooked newspaper man who’s been run out of every major […]