Notable film and media links--July 20, 2009
`Teenagers do not use Twitter,' he wrote. `Most have signed up to the service, but then just leave it as they realise that they are not going to update it (mostly because texting Twitter uses up credit, and they would rather text friends with that credit). They realise that no one is viewing their profile, so their tweets are pointless.'
He warned that traditional media – television, radio and newspapers – are losing ground.
No teenager Robson knew reads a newspaper regularly since most `cannot be bothered to read pages and pages of text while they could watch the news summarised on the internet or on TV'. The only newspapers that are read are the cheaper tabloids and freesheets.
His peers are also put off by intrusive advertising so they prefer listening to advert-free music on websites such as Last.fm to traditional radio. Teens see adverts on websites - pop ups, banner ads - as `extremely annoying and pointless,' Robson said. However, `most teenagers enjoy and support viral marketing, as often it creates humorous and interesting content'."
---The Cut's slashing review of Lindsay Lohan's Labor Pains gets poignant after awhile:
"It's a shame, because in the film Lohan does try. Lindsay's problem has never been lack of talent — just lack of judgment — and in fact, she's probably the best thing about the movie (except maybe the part where it ended and we turned it off). But at this point, her best isn't enough: She alone can't elevate a movie if the script is a dud, and looking this hard up for work never helps rehabilitate a career. For the Great Labor Pains Catastrophe of 2009 to be remembered as a glitch instead of one of the final nails in her coffin, Lindsay’s best bet actually may be to stop trying altogether. Seriously, Linds, do nothing. Don’t even leave the house. Just be patient and let the world miss you while you hunt for a project that's worth all that effort. Otherwise, in ten years we may be watching you on TV hawking bail bonds as we tell our kids we knew you when. And then the mean girls will have won, after all."
---For those of you in the midst of reading Wallace's Infinite Jest, here is some advice on how to read it and a NYT profile of Wallace written right after the book was published.
---Proof that Twitter will kill you.
---Have you seen the new FilminFocus Media Room? I like their apocalyptic exhibit.
---Jacob Weisberg reflects on massive changes in media:
"DIA: We've seen the media landscape change so much over the past decade. What do you think it will look like five or ten years from now?Mr Weisberg: More different than it did five or ten years ago. We'll be much further along in the separation of reading and printing. Convergence of all forms of media will take place on mobile devices. The question is whether Apple, Amazon or someone else will build the universal media appliance that lets you read, watch, or listen to anything, anytime, anywhere."
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Take this sentence: "Compare 2010 to 2001, The Cotton Club to Singin’ in the Rain, Dune to Forbidden Planet, Gimme Shelter to Woodstock: in each case the social context becomes narrower while the individual head-trip looms larger."
What is he comparing? Pre-pot films to post-pot films? Pot-as-communal-experience films to pot-as-solo-experience films? What about the fact that Gimme Shelter and Woodstock came out the very same year?
It's a promising idea, but I'd rather see him revisit and revise the essay than reprint it: too many holes and sloppy arguments. And the picture belie his premise, in that many of the pre-pot ones seem more psychedelic than the post-pot examples.
Good points, Movieman. You read the post more closely than I did. I just liked the freewheeling, free-associating way in which Rosenbaum mixed together all of the movies in terms of drug use. He seems more interested in surveying all of the possible evidence instead of finalizing his argument.