03-03-09 Links

I haven’t posted in a few days, mostly because I’ve been doing quite a bit of non-blog writing, but here are a few links that have crossed my radar in the last few days:

  • I really like this little video clip, “Scary Movie,” from the people at the Service Employees International Union.  the video uses the aesthetic of 1970s grindhouse movie trailer to satirize the scare tactics being used by conservatives to try to derail the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would provide workers with more power to unionize.  Conservative groups have described passage of the bill as potentially causing “Armageddon,” so the mockery works well here.  The end of the video, where the same haunting voice-over describes the EFCA is less effective (a different voice might have better separated the video’s two modes of address).
  • Earl Wilkinson has a thoughtful, informative article about the “crisis” sweeping the newspaper industry and offers a few useful caveats, suggesting that some newspapers are better equipped to weather the current financial storm and offering suggestions for new business models.  I can’t pretend to be an expert on all of these issues, but it is a nice corrective to some of the more alarmist depictions of the current status of the newspaper industry. 
  • Salman Rushdie’s Guardian article on celluloid adaptations of novels (including his own) is worth a read, especially given Rushdie’s own fascination with the “social adaptations” that are necessary in a rapidly changing world.  Unlike a number of authors and readers who seem genuinely hostile to the process of adaptation and see it as a form of (bad) imitation, Rushdie sees it as a kind of creative act.  The article is also marked by Rushdie’s trademark wit and humor–a nice break for those of you grading, preparing for, or recovering from midterms.

Update: Forgot to mention it earlier, but it’s “Digital Documentary” week on In Media Res this week.  Also worth noting, Rich Edwards has a recent IMR post on a video clip discussing the now-famous Shepard Fairey poster and its viral distribution on the web.

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