Sunday Links

A whole collection of links, many of which are related to some of my ongoing research projects:

  • A.J. reports from the International Documentary Association reception for this year’s Oscar nominees, where Michael Moore called for multiplexes to dedicate one screen per theater to documentaries or to devote one night per week to documentary screenings, creating what might be called a “documentary night in America.” Regular readers might guess that I really like this idea quite a bit.
  • Via Sujewa a pointer to the From Here to Awesome promo video. My talk at SCMS is on new internet-based distribution methods, so I’ll be interested in learning more about this model. There’s also a New Tee Vee interview with Four Eyed Monsters co-director Arin Crumley that’s worth checking out.
  • Jennifer Holt reports from the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, where she encountered quite a bit of anxiety about television’s digital future, with panels titled “Taming the Online Video Beast” among others.
  • A typeface we can believe in: Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica, has an interesting post on the Obama campaign’s use of the Gotham typeface to promote his message of change.
  • Speaking of Obama, Gene at techPresident have highlighted yet another user-generated remix of that will.i.am video, “Hope.Act.Change.” I think Gene is probably right to argue that “there won’t be a singular moment that captures the ascendancy of the Internet in the way that the Kennedy-Nixon debates marked the arrival of television.” But I wonder how much that debate has been retroactively mythologized to suit a certain narrative about the 1960 election. Attempts to trace out this media shift will likely point to George Allen’s “macaca moment,” Phil De Vellis’s “Vote Different,” the first YouTube debate, and ObamaGirl, among other internet phenomena, but I think it’s still worth emphasizing how all of these moments were ultimately mediated by television and other older media.
  • Finally, a quick note that the dates for the 2008 Flow Conference have been announced. I really enjoyed the 2006 conference, so I’m hoping to attend this one as well.

While I’m thinking about it, I had a chance to watch Crazy Love last night, Dan Klores’s compelling documentary about the bizarre love story between Burt and Linda Pugach. I knew very little about the obsessive romance between Burt and Linda, so I won’t reveal any of the roller-coaster details, but suffice it to say that they are two of the most fascinating characters I’ve seen on-screen in a long time, and Klores does an excellent job of withholding certain details from viewers who are unfamiliar with the story.

3 Comments »

  1. George Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    I posted the link re: Obama’s Typeface to the SHARP listserv, and someone then recommended this link: http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2008/02/22/05 about typeface and political campaigns.

  2. Chuck Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:44 am

    Aha. I was wondering what was going on. For whatever reason, the source for all of this traffic wasn’t registering in my Statcounter numbers. Perhaps this is a sign that I should join the SHARP listserv.

    Helvetica, if you haven’t seen it, is a really interesting documentary, one that engages with ideas about design and public space in some really thoughtful ways. The director has done quite a bit of interesting work, including a Wilco documentary (I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) from a few years ago.

  3. The Chutry Experiment Said,

    February 27, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    [...] few days ago, I posted a quick pointer to an article on Barack Obama’s use of the Gotham typeface in virtually all [...]

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