Taking a break from thinking about my prezvid paper to post a few links. By the way, I watched Gary Hustwit’s documentary, Helvetica, last night. I’ll try to write a longer review later, but it’s worth mentioning that Hustwit has taken a focus on what might seem like an innocuous
font typeface (see below) and turned that into a fascinating exploration of the relationship between graphic design and public space. In a sense, the documentary functions as a form of media history, especially when it comes to graphic design and advertising. Now on to the links:
- Pretty much everyone has commented on the fact that the Library of Congress has put many of the photos in its collections on Flickr, but here, via Oliver Willis, is a pointer to one image from that collection, an African-American version of the Rosie the Riveter icon. I used the LOC collections of Farm Security Administration photos quite a bit in my “Documenting Injustice” course, so I’m excited about the new forms of access to these images.
- In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, here’s an audio recording of King’s speech explaining his opposition to the Vietnam War.
- Like Chris, I’ve been slow to adopt electronic alerts from journals. But it looks like a good way to keep track of when a new issue of a journal is coming out and its content. Chris has a helpful list of many of the major journal publishers and how to subscribe to their email lists or RSS feeds.
- I’m also late to the party on this fascinating little video featuring people from age 1 to 100 playing the drums in the order of their age. It’s a neat little meditation on aging that wears its gimmick well.
Update: I’ve been meaning to mention Bernard Timburg, Erick Green, and Hsaio Chu’s “Launch Texts, Rebound Texts and Commentary Montage,” posted to FlowTV a few weeks ago, but it got lost in the shuffle a couple of times. It’s an interesting use of video-form criticism that looks at the revival of Al Gore as a public figure in 2006-07, focusing in part on his acceptance of the Best Documentary Oscar last year.