“As author Andrew Keen puts it in Press Pause Play, a documentary about “democratised culture” made by two Swedes, both under 27: “I don’t think a young Fassbinder or Hitchcock would make it in this business. They would get lost in the ocean of garbage. In the global masturbation.”—SXSW Film: The Pros and Cons of Geek Culture
From Dana Goodyear’s profile on Hollywood industry therapist Barry Michels:
Michels also told the writer to get an egg timer. Following Michels’s instructions, every day he set it for one minute, knelt in front of his computer in a posture of prayer, and begged the universe to help him write the worst sentence ever written. When the timer dinged, he would start typing.
From the archives, a 3900-word piece from March 14, 1993:
In hopes of becoming energy independent, Japan has set a goal of constructing 40 new reactors during the next 20 years, more than doubling its capacity to use nuclear power to generate electricity. That would push Japan past France and the former Soviet Union to make it second only to the United States in nuclear-power generation.
But the battle speaks to more than nuclear power. The way the Japanese government, in concert with industry, has used money, jobs and propaganda to overcome opposition and turn Shimokita peninsula into a key element of its nuclear strategy is a telling example of how a country’s leadership can push through policies it has determined to be in the nation’s best interests, even if those policies are unpopular.
But saying you’re an atheist removes the religion (non) argument, and being in an unmarried long term relationship removes the institutional (non) argument, so how can you say you are against gay marriage and not come across as a bigot?
“Junk like “Clash of the Titans” pays the bills, but money alone has never kept the industry chugging. For that you need films like “True Grit,” movies that speak to a mass audience intelligently, and are more than a sum of business calculations. Audiences need movies that they can excitedly recommend to friends and assure them, no, really, it’s very good — and so does Hollywood.”—The Oscars Red Carpet (The Parallel Universe), The New York Times
“But the work itself isn’t inhumane—unless you consider a repetitive, exhausting, and alienating workplace over which you have no influence or authority to be inhumane.”—Well yes, I suppose I would consider that inhumane. From Wired’s deeply ambivalent feature article on working conditions at Foxconn, parts manufacturers for Apple.