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Hard News: The Future of the Future

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  • Jeremy Andrew,

    BTW, isn't "gardening leave" a synonym for "waiting til my non-compete clause expires before starting my new job"?

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    They were echoing the criteria that the Qantas awards were purportedly following

    Really? Why? Isn't the whole point of the thing that they didn't like the Qantas awards?

    Really enjoyed the show Russell. Go hour-long Media7! And Mr Barbosa is a great foil. Shades of the Blues Brothers when you were at the Samsung launch.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Isn't the whole point of the thing that they didn't like the Qantas awards?

    I believe *that's* what they didn't like about it

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Great programme tonight, Russell--but there is now competition from my Significant Other who wants to watch SGU (StarGateUniverse) on Prime at the same time.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Loving the one hour timeslot - the interviews aren't feeling rushed or cut off just as they're getting going.

    It's bloody hard work though! I can't believe we did it every week last year.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    BTW, isn't "gardening leave" a synonym for "waiting til my non-compete clause expires before starting my new job"?

    Well you might ask. We were speculating wildly at this morning's editorial meeting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    They were echoing the criteria that the Qantas awards were purportedly following

    Really? Why? Isn't the whole point of the thing that they didn't like the Qantas awards?

    There was a point, long since lost in the madness, that two of the finalists in the Qantases didn't seem to relate very strongly to the criteria.

    Really enjoyed the show Russell. Go hour-long Media7! And Mr Barbosa is a great foil. Shades of the Blues Brothers when you were at the Samsung launch.

    Heh. I quite enjoyed being the mute guy. Of necessity, as it happens -- they'd only brought one mic.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    By far the state with the highest usage of porn in those circumstances was Utah.

    Well of course. What you aren't factoring in is that they don't do coffee and that means the only way to stay awake in an airport hotel is to watch porn.

    perfectly reasonable don't you agree?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    there's always the Gideon, Bart :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    And cocoa. Because it's allowed for the LDS, cocoa is to Salt Lake City as coffee is to Seattle.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    If you're going to satisfy multiple partners, then it seems reasonable to provide adequate stimulants.

    I mean the cocoa, of course.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Great programme tonight, Russell--but there is now competition from my Significant Other who wants to watch SGU (StarGateUniverse) on Prime at the same time.

    Meh... after the distinctly under-whelming pilot (and word of mouth that it doesn't get any better for a loooong time), I think SG:U is going to end up gathering virtual dust on the PVR... If FlashForward had been marginally better, this would be the biggest disappointment of the SF geek year to date.

    In the end, I think they were trying for BSG-style grit while being the Stargate franchise's Deep Space Nine. Instead we got the same shitty writing for women, addiction to dei ex machina & situational brain fade as plot drivers and, still, the horrible deja vu stories that were done better on SG1 a decade back.

    Now, when the frak is C4 going to start screening Dollhouse and Caprica? Also hoping we're going to be seeing sooner rather than later the next production from the people who brought you Mad Men and Breaking Bad:

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    And cocoa. Because it's allowed for the LDS, cocoa is to Salt Lake City as coffee is to Seattle.

    I think I once read (prolly on dooce.com, queen of the mommybloggers) that some LDS folk also drink vast quantities of Diet Coke, as it is not a *hot* caffeinated beverage. Loophole!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I think I once read (prolly on dooce.com, queen of the mommybloggers) that some LDS folk also drink vast quantities of Diet Coke, as it is not a *hot* caffeinated beverage. Loophole!

    Ah, yes... reminds me of a Mormon gentleman of my (mercifully brief) acquaintance, whose "blowjobs aren't really sex, therefore getting sucked-off by someone of the same gender doesn't make you gay" logic was kind of awe-inspiring.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    The oil spill cam effectively adds another television channel dedicated to just watching the oil flow. More information, yay. But information isn't knowledge, and the problem is still how to create a media ecology where we can acquire and exchange and create more knowledge.

    Does more 'data' (if we can call imagery of oil spewing out that) cause less context/knowledge? Are there being resources being diverted from elsewhere to show these images or are they just additional?

    Also hoping we're going to be seeing sooner rather than later the next production from the people who brought you Mad Men and Breaking Bad:

    Filming just begun of the pilot I think. Be nice to see it well done, anything inspired by George Romero is on my to see list.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Does more 'data' (if we can call imagery of oil spewing out that) cause less context/knowledge? Are there being resources being diverted from elsewhere to show these images or are they just additional?

    Attention resources are beind diverted, our capacity to make sense of things. Think for how long, for how many hours a day, the American media covered the lead-up to the Iraq war. Did it make the public any more informed or, as I'd rather put it, better informed? We need better information, not more data. All these live feeds and infographics and live crosses just serve to defer forever the moment of synthesis and criticism.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    (After a certain point, I mean - of course I'm not disputing the fact that it's good to have more access to primary information than was the case before the Internet.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I do wonder in this case if it's just provided convenient imagery for tv news to put in the background while they cover day 41 of the story, rather than a live cross to... some place 50 miles away from the leak.

    They still do some live crosses of course.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    We need better information, not more data. All these live feeds and infographics and live crosses just serve to defer forever the moment of synthesis and criticism.

    And does nothing to stop the damn leak. The only news of any relevance, IMO, is the one that says 'yay for us, we aren't totally useless after all and managed to put a round peg in a round hole. Who knew?'

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I do wonder in this case if it's just provided convenient imagery for tv news to put in the background while they cover day 41 of the story

    But we're supposed to be wanting to bypass that - why else would there be an iPhone app for it?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Walking Dead sheez, I just want to stay out of the way of the Driving Dead this weekend.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    And does nothing to stop the damn leak.

    Well, they've announced they're not going to nuke it, so I don't know what's next...

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    We need better information, not more data

    Agreed - and anyone who finds that leak to be compelling repeat viewing has bigger problems

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Well, they've announced they're not going to nuke it, so I don't know what's next...

    This from a sadly now lost Jalopnik comment on other possible fancy-named ways to stop the leak (post-"Top Kill"):

    The "Lost" Method
    Technical Summary: Lower Jack down into the hole to plug it with a cork
    Suggested Sexy Name: The Anticlimax

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

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