Why Podcasts Are So Popular (As A Medium)

 New research finds that of all media, podcast content generates the greatest degree of consumer concentration. –
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It’s A Weird Time To Be A Critic

The instinct to abuse critics is justified by the idea that it is “punching up” at elitist gatekeepers. But unlike Siskel and Ebert, modern critics are neither famous nor wealthy nor powerful. – Unherd
Tags: Art, Issues, Ebert, Siskel

The News Shared On Facebook Gets Smaller And Smaller

The percent that are about news — defined broadly, including sports and entertainment — is now somewhere less than 4%. It’s something of a niche interest for Facebook users. – NiemanLab
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More Governments Are Censoring Online Content

Governments are limiting or banning applications, content and connectivity itself — and Big Tech companies, rich and powerful as they are, can’t or won’t fight back. – Axios
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The Next Era: The “Exponential Age”

The Exponential Age is challenging our assumptions about globalization. A car can be designed in Guiyang and assembled in California with remarkable ease. But it also represents an inversion of globalization—a return to the local. Strategy + Business
Tags: Art, California, Ideas, Guiyang

Pathbreaking TV Writer Irma Kalish Dead At 96

Most female scriptwriters in the 1950s and ’60s had to churn out proto-Hallmark-Channel movies, but Kalish thrived in comedy. Her biggest mark was in Norman Lear’s sitcoms All in the Family and its spinoff Maude; she co-produced the Maude spinoff Good Times. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Norman Lear, People, Maude, Kalish, Irma Kalish

Someone Thought Putting The Bible, The US Constitution, And Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” In One Book Was A Good Idea

“Big-name Christian authors penned a letter blasting it as ‘dangerous,’ and more than 900 people signed a petition decrying the decision to print the book. The advertised publisher, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, disavowed the book and denied it ever planned to print it in the first place.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Usa, Words, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Lee Greenwood

7 Photography Logo Styles – Which is Right for Your Photography Business?

Photography is a creative and artistic business. Which of these seven photography logo styles works best for your business?
Tags: Startups, Design, Sales, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Starting A Business

Clearing Up Simplicity: The Fallacies Of Occam’s Razor

Cited widely in science, but often misunderstood, for some it’s invaluable, hinting at profound truths about the nature of knowledge. For others it’s worse than useless. – Prospect
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Pennsylvania School District Bans Children’s Books On MLK And Rosa Parks

In a clip from a meeting aired by CNN, which reported on student protests of the ban, members referred to the list of reading and educational material as “divisive” and “bad ideas.” – Miami Herald
Tags: Art, Cnn, Words, Rosa Parks

"For many years, Yusuf Islam has been pretending he didn’t say the things he said in 1989, when he enthusiastically supported the Iranian terrorist edict against me and others."

"However, his words are on the record, in print interviews and on television programs. … I’m afraid Cat Stevens got off the peace train a long time ago.”: Salman Rushdie emailed Howard Fishman, the author of a long Washington Post article called "The Meaning of Yusuf/Cat Stevens/After a brilliant but turbulent career, he is reemerging on the public stage. How should we feel about him­ — and his music — now?"  Fishman, who is a culture writer, and who clearly wants to be able to indulge hims...
Tags: Art, Law, Washington Post, America, Afghanistan, University Of Houston, Hiroshima, Norm Macdonald, Stevens, Rushdie, Salman Rushdie, Fishman, Andrew Anthony, Yusuf Islam, Masculinity, Cat Stevens

Free Artistic Expression In India Is Being Gradually Strangled

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, “censorship (is) no longer about nudity, gore, or promiscuity. It (has) firmly set its sights on whether (a) narrative matched the right-wing Hindu nationalists’ narrative.” – Slate
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Hindu, Issues, Bharatiya Janata Party

Sci-fi script and a cage-shaped mosque: Islamic art gets subversive

From subtle riffs on traditional script-based decoration to a late father’s letters to his lover, the artists vying for the Jameel prize generate deep emotion from meticulousnessWords have had outsize importance in Muslim culture since the beginning. The Qur’an, which literally means “recitation”, was of course revered as the word of God. But, crucially, images of human beings and animals were disapproved of because they could distract people from prayer; as a result, artists poured all their cr...
Tags: Art, Culture, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Museums, Exhibitions, V&a, Jameel

Looping — Perhaps Hollywood’s Most Surprising, And Most Secretive, Profession

Loopers are the equivalent of extras: they’re voice actors who provide realistic background chatter for just about any setting or subject. And no, you can’t become one: says one insider, “No one gives up their spots. You have to kill someone to get in.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media

Scientists Have Created The Whitest White Ever

Their original goal was to create a paint that would effectively reflect sunlight away from a building, which required producing an extremely white pigment. – Hyperallergic
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Ethiopian Popular Culture Is Making The Chinese Its Bogeymen

As investment from China flows into Ethiopia, social media and entertainment are voicing worries about inexpensive made-in-China versions of Ethiopian handicrafts, mocking Chinese eating habits, and stoking anger that the country’s donkeys are being stolen and shipped to China to make a traditional medicine. – Global Voices
Tags: Art, China, Ethiopia, Issues

China Now Has Its Own Version Of The Carbuncle Cup

Each year, an online architecture magazine offers a list of 80-odd edifices from which readers can vote for the ten ugliest buildings in China. What’s the purpose? “To provoke thinking about the beauty of and ugliness of architecture and promote architects’ social responsibility.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, China, Visual

The Royal Ballet’s Most Unlikely Star Says Farewell To The Stage

Edward Watson was a very promising student, but the gangly ginger never fit the handsome-Prince mold. As he retires after 27 years with the company, 16 of them as principal, his astounding flexibility and dramatic intensity have created a new model for male ballet stars. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Prince, Edward Watson

Do You Know About #DarkAcademia?

On Instagram, the tag #darkacademia now has over 1 million posts, and Grazia has named the aesthetic as autumn 2021’s biggest trend. The TikTok generation has keenly embraced the tweedy cosiness of scholarly life. – The Conversation
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Don’t Forget to Innovate the Customer Experience

Too often we speak about Innovation, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Employee Experience and Organizational Change as very distinct and separate things. But is this the right approach? Those of you who have read both my first book Stoking Your Innovation … Continue reading →
Tags: Design, Digital Transformation, Customer Experience, Change, Innovation, Employee Experience

Enormous Stage Rock Nearly Crushes Tenor; Court Rules It Was Sabotage

It’s the end of Tristan und Isolde at the Capitole de Toulouse. Isolde is singing the Liebestod and Tristan is playing dead upstage when he senses something very large very close: a 467-pound stage boulder that was supposed to stop 30 inches away … – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Toulouse Isolde

With The Walls Finally Stabilized, Reconstruction At Notre-Dame In Paris Can Begin In Earnest

Those solid, 850-year-old walls were damaged much more by the catastrophic 2019 fire than authorities realized at first. (They really could have collapsed.) Now that they’re stabilized, rebuilding can begin — and could possibly be finished in time for the 2024 Olympics. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Earnest, Paris, Notre Dame, Visual

Supply Chain Problems Are Still Plaguing Publishing, And There Might Be Book Shortages For Christmas

“Supply chain problems have touched almost every aspect of book production, storage, and delivery, mostly as a result of Covid-related bottlenecks. Printer capacity issues plagued the publishing industry last year, too, though 2021 is expected to be worse.” – Yahoo! (Quartz)
Tags: Art, Words

Five Small Theaters Sue City Of New York Over Vaccine Requirements

The issue: the venues must require audiences to wear masks and be vaccinated, but similar buildings, or even the same one, are exempt from those rules when used for church services. The mandate “applies differently to venues depending on who is speaking and what they are saying.” – Gothamist
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre

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