Month: February 2015

  • Francis Ford Coppola on the Amateur

    in the documentary Hearts of Darkness, A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse Francis Ford Coppola’s wife, Eleanor, chronicled the filming and production of her husband’s masterpiece Apocalypse Now. It’s an fascinating film, a meta-commentary of the American entertainment industry as a metaphor for American imperialism and the war in Vietnam. I highly recommend it. The clip above comes right […]

  • Modern Family take on Noah

    Variety reports that the TV sitcom Modern Family is going to film an entire episode featuring the UI of phones, laptops, and tablets as a way to tell a story. The idea came from a short film, Noah, that debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film festival and won many awards for it’s innovative commentary on […]

  • Apple Design Extends to Process

    Like everyone else I too read through 17,000 word profile of Apple Design chief Jony Ive. It’s extensive and well worth your time if you want to get a sense of the scope of Apple’s vision and how they think about design. What struck me most was the passage below which shows you just how […]

  • Brian Williams – the pressures to promote

    Brian Williams – the pressures to promote

    Two perspectives of the modern war correspondent in this age of the personal brand and selfie sticks. We want our anchors to be both good at reading the news and also pretending to be in the middle of it. That’s why, when the forces of man or Mother Nature whip up chaos, both broadcast and […]

  • David Carr

    David Carr

    David Carr left us today. He was simultaneously optimistic about the adaptability of the news media in the modern age while pessimistic about the agility of the institutions that were the keepers, underwriters, and employers of those that practice the craft in its current form. He was conflicted which way to go, like a man astrid two ice […]

  • Getting the Band Together Again at SmartNews

    Getting the Band Together Again at SmartNews

    Following a month off after my unexpected liberation from Gigaom, I started this week as Director of Media & Technology Partnerships at SmartNews. I feel very fortunate to have discovered this company at a time when I believe I have a lot to offer. First, some recent coverage, News Aggregator SmartNews Shows Rapid Growth, Adds […]

  • Is Social Media Just Network Television Reborn?

    What if we follow the trend of the “app-ificaiton” of media to the next logical step? What if Snapchat’s Discover feature is just the modern version of network television where channels control distribution and readers become passive again, replacing their allotted 5 hours of TV with 5 hours of browsing Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and the […]