Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her first starring film role, “Born Yesterday.” She was idiosyncratic and unique, which made her memorable, but it also made for a short career at a time when conformity was equated with safety. www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com
Hugo Gernsback invented modern science fiction. The Hugo awards are named for him. He was a tinkerer – today, we’d call him a hacker or maker. He saw science, inventing machines based on the then-new technologies of radio and electronics, and science fiction as all one thing.
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You can hurry through your trip snapping the same pix as everybody else, or you can use the camera as a tool to help you really see and experience your trip. [Laura Malone] www.wired.com
Books have been unchanged for a century or more. Even ebooks are just print books digitized. But digital technology has transformed the entire ecosystem around them: Print-on-demand, Kickstarter, social media, email newsletters, audiobooks, podcasting, and more. [Craig Mod] www.wired.com
I can think of two reasons why books themselves have been unchanged, despite breathless 1990s predictions to the contrary — and yeah these reasons are contradictory:
- Books are perfect for what they are. Mass-published print books have been evolving for a thousand years, and the written word has evolved over ten thousand years. Books are mature technology, like shovels and forks and tables, refined to perfection with only a little bit of fiddling left to do around the edges. Sure, other media emerge, but they’re other media; a movie is not a book, nor is a podcast.
- Monopolization by Amazon stifles innovation. We’re not going to see ebook innovation until somebody competes with the Kindle.
Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan were close friends and collaborators, but they fell out when Kazan named names to the House Un-American Activities Committee. HUAC didn’t call Miller to testify until Miller became engaged to Marilyn Monroe. Miller wrote “The Crucible,” a parable for the witch trails, set in the actual witch hunts in colonial times in Salem, Mass. www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com
I guess child predators are worse than vigilante mobs. But it’s a close call. [Brandy Zadrozny] www.nbcnews.com
SON: I was awarded the Leslie Nielsen badge at school
ME: What's that?
SON: A big building with lots of kids
— Hans Grubertron (@HansGrubertron) January 4, 2019
During the Communist witch-hunts, Lena Horne was forced to choose between her career and her friendships — including her relationship with her mentor and friend Paul Robeson, the “singer, actor and political firebrand.” [You Must Remember This podcast] www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com
Elia Kazan eventually decided that naming names before the House Un-American Activities Committee was the lesser of two evils, but he hated the decision the rest of his life. [You Must Remember This podcast] www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com
Why would Amazon and Facebook want to predict the end of a relationship? “When a relationship ends, people go shopping.” [E.J. Dickson] www.vox.com
Libraries aren’t just for books. They can often be classrooms, cyber cafes, places to find answers, or be alone. This American Life tells “stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required…. Libraries are some of the last places you can go where you don’t have to buy or believe in anything to be allowed in.” www.thisamericanlife.org