Thursday Links (Clearwater, Florida, Edition)

Because my girlfriend is attending a conference in Clearwater this weekend, I decided to tag along, get a little sun, go for a run along the beach, and get away from North Carolina for a couple of days (perfect timing, too, because it’s rainy and miserable back home).  The wifi at the hotel is fast and free, so I’m also taking advantage of that to get a little work done.  At any rate, a few more links before I go on a mini-hiatus from the blog to finish up the paper:

  • On Ira Deutchman’s blog a few days ago, Tyler Davidson issued a call for a “public option” for filmmakers.  There is, of course, some public support for U.S. filmmakers already, but Davidson calls for a model resembling the Canadian system in which films “are primarily funded by a mix of government funding and incentives, government mandated funds from broadcasters, broadcasters themselves, international financing partners, and film distributors.”  I’m certainly intrigued by this idea, and the Canadian model has helped to foster some unique filmmaking talents, but I also recognize that it might be a difficult sell, especially given the culture wars that raged around the NEH in the 1980s.
  • Anne Thompson has an article on the “Flixster effect,” an analogue to the so-called Twitter effect.  Thompson notes that Flixster, which has a huge presence on both MySpace and Facebook, is host to over two billion reviews.  I have a very brief discussion of Flixster in my book, taking note (as Thompson also does) that Flixster can also collect data on its reviewers in order to better target them with advertising.
  • Via Tama, a link to the trailer for Truth in Numbers, a documentary about Wikipedia.  From the trailer, it appears that the film gives equal time to both proponents and critics (Andrew Keen, among others) of the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit.  Given my struggles with the Wikipedia assignment I gave my first-year composition students, it would have been helpful to have had this documentary as a way of framing student discussion.

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