Friday, April 10, 2015

Resources for April 10, 2015

Lowin, Rebekah. "Mom's powerful photos of her daughters show 'Strong is the New Pretty.'" Today (April 7, 2015)

Steve McQueen: The Power of Cinema from Edwin Adrian Nieves on Vimeo.

Wickman, Forrest. "How Accurate Is 12 Years a Slave?" Slate (October 17, 2013)

"Steven Soderbergh and Neil LaBute on filmmaking." Filmschoolthroughcommentaries (March 2, 2015)

Hayes, Heather Ashley and Gilbert B. Rodman. "Django Unchained: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Film." Jump Cut #56 (Winter 2014/2015)

Toxic Sludge is Good For You (Media Education Foundation: Loretta Alper & Sut Jhally, 2002: 45 mins) ["While advertising is the visible component of the corporate system, perhaps even more important and pervasive is its invisible partner, the public relations industry. This video illuminates this hidden sphere of our culture and examines the way in which the management of "the public mind" has become central to how our democracy is controlled by political and economic elites. Toxic Sludge Is Good For You illustrates how much of what we think of as independent, unbiased news and information has its origins in the boardrooms of the public relations companies."]

Hess, Amanda. "Justice Through a Lens: A new wave of apps offers assistance—and advice—for citizens capturing police wrongdoing on camera." Slate (April 9, 2015)

Century of the Self (UK/BBC: Adam Curtis, 2002: 4 60 minute episodes) ["To many in both business and government, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power is truly moved into the hands of the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How is the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interest? The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund’s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud. Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man’s ultimate goal."]

Alpert, Roger. "The Artificial Intelligence of Her: The specter that haunts Western culture." Jump Cut #56 (Winter 2014/2015)

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