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Apple TV+ 'Oprah Talks COVID-19' launches as free-to-view show " Apple Insider

A new series has launched on Apple TV+ starring Oprah Winfrey, with "Oprah Talks COVID-19" covering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by holding discussions with experts and people affected by the globally-spread virus.
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BBC sets out plan to inform, educate and entertain during unprecedented times | BBC Media Centre

Today the BBC is setting out how it will ensure it keeps the nation informed, educated, and entertained in unprecedented times.
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The Starlost


JoDee and I just finished up watching "The
Starlost
" which was
"Canadian-produced science fiction television series created by writer
Harlan Ellison and broadcast in 1973 on CTV in Canada and syndicated to
local stations in the United States." (thanks, Wikipedia!). I won't go
into the history of the show, the premise, or how it was literally
disowned by Harlan Ellison (who used his "Cordwainer Bird" moniker to
show his complete disavowal of the show. There are plenty of other
sources for that, and frankly I would be parroting them here (thanks,
Wikipedia!). I will however provide a link to
archive.org
so you can view the show yourself. And I frankly hope you do watch this
show, not because this show has amazing special effects (which it does
not) or because the stories stellar (which they certainly are not), but
because even though this show has issues (which it does) it still
manages to tell whatever ridiculous story as best it can. The actors
still show up and still deliver their lines as though they truly believe
their lives depend on them. Even when the sets, effects, and writing
fail the actors they still move through as though their very actions
will somehow avert their eventual doom. It's what makes what could be an
entirely wacky and forgettable TV series into something much, much more.

OK, I said I wouldn't mention the premise of the show, but here's a
quick synopsis: Devon, an outcast from the rustic world of Cyprus
Corners, finds out that Cyprus Corners are part of a larger ship called
The Ark. Each world is a separate biosphere, with different technology
levels, aims, and means. Devon escapes from Cyprus Corners and is
eventually joined by Rachel, his love, and Garth, the man who is
betrothed to Rachel. Devon finds out that The Ark is on a collision
course with a star or something that will destroy The Ark and it is up
to these three folks to save The Ark from eventual destruction.

The first few episodes of The Starlost felt a lot like the laser disc
game "Time
Traveler
", in
part because of the set design and in part because of the exploratory
nature of the main protagonist Devon. As the show progresses and Garth
and Rachel become part of the exploring trio they uncover all sorts of
weird situations and characters of various skill levels and intellects.
Most are aware that they're on the Ark but none of them seem to be able
to help in any meaningful way.

In many ways this show reminds me of a roleplaying game. Initially the
goal is to find the bridge to see if The Ark can be saved. However, that
would make for a short campaign, having found the initial goal so soon.
So, turns out, the crew are all dead and the bridge doesn't directly
control the ship. They instead need to find the backup control room in
order to try to control The Ark. Each episode they encounter another
challenge (or biosphere) where they try to convince the denizens to
help. Naturally they get embroiled into something that they need to
solve. Sometimes it makes sense. Many times it doesn't. If that doesn't
scream "roleplaying game" I don't know what does.

The characters also feel like archetypes. Devon is the intellect; the
curious one who keep the party going where they might not otherwise go.
Rachel is kindness and heart, and is the voice of helping others when
the rest of the party might want to keep exploring. Garth is brawny and
cantankerous. He's loyal to his friends, though, and helps wherever he
can. Together they feel like many facets of one character.

The original "trailer" for The Starlost promised the latest and greatest
in TV effects and a story and premise that really could have been
something special. In many ways though The Starlost really did become
something special. It presents a concept that could be easily extended
into a campaign or a game setting. And even though the show itself
didn't make any sense it did so with heart and conviction. This is what
makes The Starlost such an enjoyable series to watch, despite it's
flaws.

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The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda by Ken Lashley, colours by Juan Fernandez

 
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The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda by Ken Lashley, colours by Juan Fernandez

 
Trends in U.S. Adolescents’ media use, 1976–2016: The rise of digital media, the decline of TV, and the (near) demise of print.

Below is an abstract of a study which just came out on media use among teens, across a 40-year period, including a focus on the trends of the past few years. Seems like reading may be an endangered species, along with attention span and focus.

I've researched, lectured, and written extensively (since the 1990's) about the "addictiveness" of Internet, first solo, then fused with all-encompassing "devices", now addictive to the point people cannot bear being detached. (See E.g., http://www.devicedevotion.com)

Researcher/author Larry Rosen presented stats (around the time of this study) showed variations among generations & mini-generations in media/communication preferences. Some (and adults increasingly) prefer instant communication - chat/texting.
Some (boomers, e.g.) watch TV a lot whereas other gens never watch and don't take TV's to dorm rooms these days.
You can get a sense of this (easy reading) at http://www.fenichel.com/pokeme.shtml
~
Here's the new long-term study. (I'd guess the trend has continued exponentially from 2016 through today)

Digital media use has increased considerably, with the average 12th grader in 2016 spending more than twice as much time online as in 2006, and with time online, texting, and on social media totaling to about 6 hr a day by 2016. Whereas only half of 12th graders visited social media sites almost every day in 2008, 82% did by 2016. At the same time, iGen adolescents in the 2010s spent significantly less time on print media, TV, or movies compared with adolescents in previous decades. The percentage of 12th graders who read a book or a magazine every day declined from 60% in the late 1970s to 16% by 2016, and 8th graders spent almost an hour less time watching TV in 2016 compared with the early 1990s. Trends were fairly uniform across gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The rapid adoption of digital media since the 2000s has displaced the consumption of legacy media. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Citation
Twenge, J. M., Martin, G. N., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2019). Trends in U.S. Adolescents’ media use, 1976–2016: The rise of digital media, the decline of TV, and the (near) demise of print. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(4), 329-345.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000203

#communication #media #generational #mediapreferences #digitalmedia #television #printmedia #reading #psychology
 

How Marion Stokes, an Activist Librarian, Recorded 30 Years of TV News on 70,000 Video Tapes: It’s All Now Being Digitized and Put Online


http://www.openculture.com/2019/08/how-marion-stokes-an-activist-librarian-recorded-over-30-years-of-tv-news-on-70000-video-tapes.html
Marion Stokes set out to do more than any of the men above who made pronouncements about television. She dedicated her life to preserving the evidence, taping television news for over 33 years, from 1979 “until the day she died,” writes the Internet Archive, who now hold Stokes’ “unique 71k+ video cassette collection” and intend to digitize all of it. Stokes “was a fiercely private African American social justice champion, librarian, political radical, TV producer, feminist, Apple Computer super-fan and collector like few others.”
#television #news #MarionStokes #TheMarionStokesProject #openculture
 

How Marion Stokes, an Activist Librarian, Recorded 30 Years of TV News on 70,000 Video Tapes: It’s All Now Being Digitized and Put Online


http://www.openculture.com/2019/08/how-marion-stokes-an-activist-librarian-recorded-over-30-years-of-tv-news-on-70000-video-tapes.html
Marion Stokes set out to do more than any of the men above who made pronouncements about television. She dedicated her life to preserving the evidence, taping television news for over 33 years, from 1979 “until the day she died,” writes the Internet Archive, who now hold Stokes’ “unique 71k+ video cassette collection” and intend to digitize all of it. Stokes “was a fiercely private African American social justice champion, librarian, political radical, TV producer, feminist, Apple Computer super-fan and collector like few others.”
#television #news #MarionStokes #TheMarionStokesProject #openculture
 
La télévision forge-t-elle des individus ou des moutons ?

Vivre en troupeau en se pensant libres

#liberté #télévision #mouton #individu

https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2008/01/DUFOUR/15491
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#GameofThrones

#TheMormonts

“Let us return to Bear Island, Cousin.”The Mormonts by lunarite

 
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