Posts from April 20, 2005

Tab wars

Tab wars

: Bild, the German tabloid, complains about its English tabloid cousins and their Hitler-youth headlines on Benedict XVI: “English insult German pope!”

: The Sueddeutsche Zeitung has a gallery of front pages on the pope.

Tipping point (continued)

Tipping point (continued)

: Lost Remote find more evidence of big media embracing blogs at the RTNDA:

: “I think citizen journalism is a huge force that’s going to get greater and greater. There’s no stopping it,” CNN President Klein said. “As long as we’re clear what the audience created and what CNN created, there’s room for both in this universe.”

: “I don’t know why Brian Williams isn’t blogging right now,” said NBC Universal Television Group President Jeff Zucker at a Yahoo conference. “We should be looking for a more interactive component… and be experimenting more.” Zucker said he also envisioned a Katie Couric blog…

More on the tipping point here.

Next: The Chuck Manson You Never Knew

Next: The Chuck Manson You Never Knew

: I had to read it three times, not believing that even a Hollywood executive could say something so awfully insensitive and idiotic and so much of a self-parody of show biz PC. But in a story about the 9/11 movies and miniseries in the making, he said it:

Brian Grazer, co-chairman of Imagine Television, which is producing the NBC mini-series – and which has hired The Times as a consultant – said he hoped it would do for Muslims what Wolfgang Petersen’s film “Das Boot” did for World War II-era Germans.

“Every approach prior to that was, the Germans were horrible,” he said. “He humanized them, because they are human. That’s what I’m hoping we do, that we don’t demonize, that we humanize all the different sides, and so we see the seeds, and we get an understanding from each culture’s point of view as to how they got to such a horrible place.”

He wants to “humanize all the different sides.” How the hell do you humanize the evil bastards who killed 3,000 innocent fellow Americans, Glazer?

What seeds are there that make mass murder understandable or justifiable?

What point of view do you need to see that these men are evil?

And if you try to say that you’re talking about the larger world of Islam, then it’s Muslim bloggers who should be flaming your ass right now for presuming that these murderers are in any way representative of them as a people.

Explain yourself, Mr. Glazer.

: This, by the way, is a classic case for wanting to read or hear the entire interview with Glazer to see whether there is any context in which what he says could possibly make any sense.

: I dread most of these movies. The Times says they are debating whether to show planes hitting the buildings. That is the least of the horror of the day. It’s one matter to give witness and learn lessons, another to exploit. I’m not sure we can find the line yet.

: And there are more reasons to dread these: “The Great New Wonderful,” a film about survivors a year later, comes from Danny Leiner, who made stoner movies “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” And producer Scott Rudin is making a movie from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” which turns images of a victim falling to his death into a flipbook in reverse.

Yes, “dread” is not too strong a word.

RTNDA links

RTNDA links on citizens’ media

: I was virtually part of a panel on blogs and TV at the Radio-Television News Directors Association confab in Vegas (they were in Vegas and I was on the blogcast in New York but the sound was bad and I couldn’t hear so I no doubt looked duh dumb and issued some non sequitors…. ah, technology). Anyway, I said I’d post some useful links for the crowd there. Here they are:

: A list of links to blogs of interest to media folks (done for the Aspen Institute last summer but not too out-of-date).

: My PowerPoint on citizens media and the newsroom for that Aspen gabfest.

: A few good directories of blogs.

: I suggested having reporters to go Technorati.com and Pubsub as well as A9.com (as suggested by Steve Rubel here to have them find what bloggers are saying about the topics of their stories. I said I use these tools to find blogs for MSNBC blog reports.

: I recommend reading Rupert Murdoch’s speech on newspapers and online (the same holds for broadcast); Merrill Brown’s Carnegie report on newspapers and youth (the same holds for broadcast); and Bob Garfield’s report on the coming chaos in marketing and media.

: The demo vlog I made for the panel today.

: A few of my media posts: a Q&A on media’s future at Corante… a new model for local citizens’ journalism…. an email/blog exchange with NY Times Executive Editor Bill Keller… an argument that anyone can do journalismtwo pieces on Dan Rather… two posts about challenges facing news media and ways to attack them… a post about blogcasting on MSNBC… too damned many posts about exploding TV, media, weblogs, and censorship and Howard Stern

No, I don’t expect anybody to read much from that last bullet; I’ve just been meaning to compile them in one place so I can find them (ah, if only Flickr had popularized tags when I started this blog).

Turning the other cheek and/or face

Turning the other cheek and/or face

: On the third of three “hits” — as they say in TVland — on MSNBC yesterday, I joined Kathy Shaidle of Relapsed Catholic (my suggestion) and Mark Shea of Catholic and Enjoying It, who were both very good on the tube.

I gave my what’s-the-blogosphere-saying-on-this-Jeff spiel, starting with German reaction (Heiko Hebig says now the Germans will win the World Cub and “Wir sind wieder wer,” which I hope I translated correctly as, we’re somebody again). Next, I went to positive reaction like Kathy’s, who had said she was glad this “will annoy all the right people.” I quoted Curt Jester: “Of course besides having this wonderful man as Pope we get the added bonus of him really annoying the dissidents.” And I quoted from Ratzinger Fan Club, which was hammered by traffic and down just then. I said they were triumphal.

But this was also a controversial election and to illustrate that I could find no better illustration than Andrew Sullivan, who said: “This was not an act of continuity. There is simply no other figure more extreme than the new Pope on the issues that divide the Church. No one…. And I expect the Church’s immersion in the culture wars in the West – on every imaginable issue. For American Catholics, I foresee an accelerating exodus…. This was a statement as much as a selection. And the statement is that the church is circling the wagons.”

Shea was then introduced and asked what he was seeing on the blogosphere and he said he was seeing what I saw. He then gave a very good interview and Kathy did likewise.

See the segment, thanks to Ian, here.

Then, this morning, I read Shea’s blog. I see a very different picture there, about “a guy named Jeff Jarvis:”

After that, Jeff Jarvis came on to give the Polarization Report from the Blogosphere. It turns out that those who are happy about Ratzinger’s election are “triumphalists” while those who are wetting themselves and losing control of basic bodily functions due to panic are freedom-loving custodians of the flickering flame of all that is good and decent in this world. In particular, Jarvis quoted Andrew Sullivan’s magnificent shriek of hysteria with its absurd claim that this is some sort of radical discontinuity from the legacy of John Paul and the Council….

Kathy Shaidle, as possessor of the pair of XX chromosomes in the group, was anointed to speak on behalf of all Womankind, but failed her entire sex by not much caring whether women are ordained or not.

Gee, he seemed to be enjoying himself at the time; I heard no dissent or complaints.

There are many viewpoints on this story. Blogs reflect that. I selected blogs that, in turn show that. Was I supposed to quote only the fawning posts? Oh, and yes, I would call the tone of many triumphal. And I don’t think that’s a bad word, being accused of blog triumphalism all the time. So what’s wrong with a little Catholic triumphalism, eh?