Posts Tagged ‘Media

02
Jan
11

ify:7 the tv

TV for the masses was just getting started when it, like so much other stuff, was postponed due to the 2nd World War. It got rolling by 1950 but suffered from the ‘chicken or the egg’ phenomena – not much need to broadcast if no one had a telly, and why buy a telly if there was nothing to watch?

But it’s hard to keep a good media down 🙂 Most of us watched something downtown at the store that sold TVs as they would set them in the front window and turn them on, and the first family in the neighborhood to get a set would get very popular.

Early RCA test pattern

There might be only one ‘channel’ broadcasting in your part of the state and the shows were limited at first to only a few hours during the day or in the evening. It took a while to start things up at the station so the they broadcast a “test pattern” and you had the time to adjust the horizontal & vertical of your picture if needed. The last thing broadcast was invariably the “Star Spangled Banner” at midnight.

As kids, sis and I were forced to come inside, so the folks didn’t have to watch us outside and could enjoy the shows. We didn’t like TV much since it was for adults. The folks loved it, as only the best of the very best were on TV – comedians, dancers, singers and bands, stage plays, etc.

1950 Crosley Model 10"

It was simply magic to see & enjoy things from places you would probably never visit in person, all on a tiny, round, 9″ black & white screen. Then there was the immediacy of TV, no more waiting until photos appeared weeks later in the Saturday Evening Post.

However, the soul of TV was the fact it was live. It happened at the same time you watched it. If the folks on the ‘set’ messed up then you saw them mess up, if the singer missed a note you noticed, if the lady in the commercial couldn’t get the door of the Frigidaire open , you watched her flub up. It was real in the sense that it was real, really 🙂 It was NOW, as in RIGHT NOW.

Not like today,
when you don’t know when a video was recorded or when a web page was written or who wrote it.
You have no idea anymore, as reality has an obsured meaning since you can’t tell if it’s real or not.

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29
Dec
10

ify:6 the medium, the message, a mess?

Radio was the original message board. It could reach out and connect peoples across a very wide area. It embellished the newspapers, and the magazines like Life, Look, and Saturday Evening Post. Movies were recorded on film just like the personal cameras of the day. News films were shown prior to movies being played at the theater houses. This film however, was time consuming and expensive to ‘process’. TV was broadcast ‘live’ – in real time – which made for exciting shows!

It didn’t take long to invent video tape which didn’t need ‘processing’ so by 1960 TV was no longer ‘live’ but could be edited and then broadcast to the public at some later time.

Understandably, TV grew in significance but was only the 3 main broadcast channels, NBC, CBS, and ABC. During the summers we began to see the first of the “reruns”, I guess that seeing older content was somehow better than seeing new content????

In the 60’s we were sending broadcast satellites into the heavens and soon cable TV was being wired into our cities. It became obvious the we were going to have many more ways to deliver video to more people around the world. Asking WHO was going to fill all this potential new broadcast space was a perfectly valid question. The sci-fi writers had wondered this question for quite some time, and now others were joining the fray.

Marshall McLuhan - in the early 70's courtesy Wiki

Marshall McLuhan was one of those. He coined the term “global village” and wrote a powerful book on the topic of the exploding communication technology.

The satellite medium, McLuhan states, encloses the Earth in a man-made environment, which “… turns the globe into a repertory theater to be programmed.

‘The Medium is the Message’ is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.

In simpler terms, I think he means that the volume and breadth of content available to us will become at least as important that the individual news items that are broadcast. It sounds reasonable, if we all had TVs strapped to our wrists, and we had 50 different broadcasters sending us ‘information’ who would have to time (or brain-power) to assimilate all of it? would it become omni-present?

How are we going to filter and organize and catalog this content? What’s going to happen if we create the inter-webs and allow common citizens to create and disperse content?

We were used to editors and journalists making publishing decisions about ‘ethics’ and ‘honest-unbiased’ content, what would happen if that were stripped away?

13
Dec
10

garbonzo bean band

Garbonzo Bean Band Event Poster

My sister sent me a link to a video she’d found on YouTube which brought back some old memories of gigs I’d done and bands I’d played with.

Everybody in town knew these guys and I ended up sitting in with them outside of Lindberg’s at the St. Patrick Day parade. Almost every musician in town played with them at one time or another, but especially drummers. John and Chris were the core members and quite often played “walk around” gigs, so drummers were ‘optional’.

I played with them for a year or so and loved every minute of it. The ideal of the band was basically .. “If you’re gonna play for folks, then by gawd, it outa be fun” 🙂

These guys made it fun, and outlandish dress was part of the gig. It wasn’t just music, it was seldom serious, and costumes were required. **

My favorite was was a lime green, pleated, Empire waist pinafore with spaghetti straps.

Most gigs were a bit like performance art and they were all very unique. We played once in the back bedroom at a private New Years party (so we wouldn’t be too loud) and couldn’t see the audience. We quit at 12:30 and visited with them and they said “You guys were great!”.

I’m glad I got to gig with them and have lots of good memories. I’ve got to say that I do not remember recording this video below, but that is me at the set of drums provided for the video.

** I wore pantyhose one evening, and I now know why DRUMMERS DO NOT WEAR PANTYHOSE !!!

09
Dec
10

ify:4 a miracle a minute

The converter box on my TV began to fail the other day and while the new one is winging its way here I’ve been limited to two channels, NBC and the one from Harrison, Ark. which is the religious based DayStar.com. It’s all Christian all day damned day so my viewing has been limited to somewhat sub-standard fare.

No, I do not believe in gods, ghosts, gouls, goblins, devils, witches, saints, vampires, werewolves, miracles, sin or any variant of these mythologies. ‘Tis lunacy to do so. YMMV

What I see on this Judeo-Christian channel does not seem to have changed substantially since I last checked, at least they want the same thing from folk. Primarily it’s the old “don’t think just have faith” and “don’t feel just believe” with a healthy dose of send us your money. This is all done by folks who are obviously superiorly spiritual, who know what their audience does not know, and must have god’s cell number as they talk to him at least daily.

They are embracing the new communication technologies, own their own TV stations, and are totally active on what’s called social media, so I have no doubt they are spreading their message to more folk, and collecting more money to boot. You no longer have to leave the living room to attend a faith healing, and you can watch all sorts of panel/interview shows that feature guests describing their personal miracles. All told, you can get about one miracle a minute.

The sermons are substantially different in content. Sure, you get the normal droning, all based on that particular ‘view of the universe’ that there is a “plan” for all this, and the plan is known and is working as ordained, and you should just hold on as things will be fixed up really-really tidy (pretty soon) and we’ll all live happily ever after. [que Disney style theme music]

Many of these so-called sermons are strictly political, social or economic in nature, and although they are disguised in religion or spirituality, they are no more than stump speeches. These preachers all want to Take Back the country which has been stolen by the Evil Do’ers. It’s no wonder the congregation applauds the fiery speech, rather than shouting hallelujah.

Don’t get me wrong, no matter what I may think of the Abrahamic religions (Islam included), I harbor no hope of changing anyone’s views. I understand that going against the beliefs of perhaps 3-4 billion people would be hard, and that many have to fall back on “I believe this because that’s the way I was raised”.

But here is the scary thing. If you can UN-think enough to believe in these myths, then when, or where, or how will this UN-thinking erupt in your thinking in the future?

Will you enact into law something that says “Life begins at conception”?

Will you enact into law something that defines “Hate” as a criminal offense?

If so, then the next step can only be that thinking itself is a crime.

01
Dec
10

IFY: in fifty years – prologue

Forsyth, MO in 1950

Forsyth, MO in 1950 courtesy Missouri Photo Workshop

Any fifty year period in human history would cover a period of astounding changes, events or inventions. Of course, during this same period there will be a lot of things that don’t change, or things that just absorb the changes that are occurring without the slightest burp. It seems the nature of change is not absolute, but it does create a hell of a lot of potential.

I happen to have been born in 1950 and have somehow arrived at today. Now I’m not saying there is anything special that has happened to me during my life, but astonishing does seem to apply to the amount and depth of change in the world while I’ve been here to watch it happen.

I did not start this ‘watching’ until about 1954 when I became aware of yesterday, when there became more than a now, and I awoke to the idea of continuous events piling up into yesterdays. This seems like a forward movement in time which really does not move forward, but past you and your awareness as you watch it go, slipping away into yesterday.

By some mysterious law of physics, things & stuff that you personally screw up as time passes by you can come back to effect the now as it is going by you (which you call the future), which is damned confusing …. at first.

If this phenomena works on groups and societies like it does with individuals, then it is no wonder why humanity seems so easily to mess things up, or “shit in their own shoes”.

Anyway, I’ve seen and done some things, and watched a lot of stuff go by, and wondered what might go past me, what might happen in that future that really does/doesn’t exist and I don’t feel the least bit obligated to comment on it.

Really. 🙂

But I’m going to.

25
Nov
10

Thanksgiving

Taylor Swift

So I wake up on turkey day and I’m sitting here with cup of coffee and watching the creek shine in the morning twilight. Thanksgiving is (or should be) a rather contemplative day. I certainly have a lot of things to be thankful for and the many things I have.

The tv is on with entertainment news and “surprise, surprise” //say that with your Gomer Pyle voice// I hear that Kanye West is indulging in yet another dumb ass rant. I saw the fiasco he pulled at the VMA’s and saw the NBC interview a few days ago and, like, he’s under serious sedation or he just eats stupid for breakfast.

I don’t know, but being thankful that I am not a Kanye West is is kind of an anti way of being thankful.

The segment ends with an ad for this evenings NBC special featuring Taylor Swift.

That sort of balances out world karma real well.

Thanksgiving is gonna be a good day.

23
Nov
10

hottie for Prez

It thought it was interesting a few years ago when Sarah Palin the female Governor of Alaska was floated onto the McCain VP list. Since then the media has been delighted to make her a continual target for their fodder. Despite the media saying she is not ready to be president, is not running for the job, and couldn’t win even if she did run … the media is making a big deal of this. So much of a big deal that they are effectively running her for President whether she wants it or not !!

Well, all the media bullshit aside, we need to address the issue like adults, so we need to accept the fact that:

1) Someday we will elect a female to the highest office
2) That woman may be a really good looking babe

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin


I think Ms. Palin is one hot babe, what else can I say? I have no doubt that a lot of guys would agree, and I’d imagine that she would get a big ‘thumbs up’ from the lesbian community as well.

So the media is going to feature her constantly the next couple a years and for me it means that on occasion a good looking babe will be on screen to feast the eyes on.

If she got elected we wouldn’t have to take any crap from the French, ’cause she’d whip Nicolas Sarkosy

    and

that wimpy tart he runs with. 🙂




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