Category media

Creating worlds via editing bits

In the summer of 1977 I was introduced to a new world, it was the world that George Lucas wanted me to see in his American epic space opera film series Star Wars. Like that film and more recently Christopher Nolan’s Inception… the below offers a quick view into a world which only has the boundaries that exist in our imaginations.

Nice little vignette.

The decline of western civilization. The Twitter years.

It’s been suggested that the democratization of content creation (everyone is a reporter because they have a twitter account, everyone is a photographer because they can post phone pics, etc) has accelerated the demise of the content (and thus culture overall). There IS some truth to this.

Logic suggests that adding people without training to any craft yields less meaningful, less insightful content. Newbies produce junk.

However there is a flip side to the above argument. It’s interesting to have access to people we would otherwise not have access to. By following someone on twitter we now have the ability to understand what they think about and what they value. We also have access to things they create in forms less formal than traditional books, CDs or art shows. This is an interesting and positive shift as it opens things up… and flattens historical content creation hierarchies.

My opinion is there has always been bad, largely un-additive content. The largest filter I see is time (not money). Our family didn’t have cable television for a solid decade and now we have it. As I turn the TV from time to time I’m reminded that we didn’t really miss anything for those ten years (and remember television is “professional” content creation).

Regardless of medium or the pro/am status of the content creator… there is a small amount meaningful, enriching content available. It’s up to us to filter out the daily tsunami of junk.

Jon Stewart’s writers continue to offer an oasis in the desert.


Edward R. Murrow

If the name Edward R. Murrow means nothing to you then Good night, and Good Luck is an important film to see. His is the story of an American fighting for the very values that we all hold so dearly and doing so in the most public of coliseums… live, on network television.

If you know the name Edward R. Murrow and haven’t seen this film yet, do.