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Are there any good critiques of Neil Postman out there?

So I was assigned Amusing Ourselves to Death as a freshman, and strongly disliked it; much of it was over my head, and my takeaway then was that he was merely a reactionary who believed "Print good. Electronic media bad." However, I'm older and hopefully smarter and I'd like to come at it fresh, and see if I can get more out of it. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Inspirational Material for Picaresque Fantasy Roleplaying Game

I'm in the early planning stages of a new tabletop FRPG campaign. My current concept is a traveling gang of ne'er-do-wells in an Iron Age world of city-states. I'm imagining an episodic, problem-of-the-week style game. [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Is there a reason for preferring ISIL name over ISIS version?

Media reports often note that Obama's use of 'ISIL' refers to the exact same thing as ISIS, and that it spools out to '...in the Levant.' But is there a *reason* for continuing to use distinct terminology?
posted by mmiddle on Sep 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Seeking all-in-one SFF headline site for daily reading

Seeking recommendations for a site with good coverage of books, films, comics etc. centered around SFF nerdery for my RSS reader. I used to read The Mary Sue, but have been meh about it since its revamp. I'm currently trying out Tor.com, but I'm looking for other alternatives. Feminist orientation is a plus, but not mandatory. I don't play video games, and I'm not particularly interested in rewatches/rereads other than on FanFare.
posted by immlass on Jul 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Careers in communications / social justice

I'm going back to school for communications in the fall. I'd like to start gathering career ideas now so I know what to look for when I graduate and also so that I pick the right courses for my career path. When I went in to my undergrad in 2007, I had no idea of what I would do upon graduation. So, I'd like to gather some ideas now and tailor my course selection towards potential career options. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Good place to get super-8mm home movies put on DVDs in NYC?

Lots of home movies, some are super-8, some are tapes, some are mini-DV tapes, etc. I'd like to get them put on DVDs that I can then easily edit. I'm in Manhattan, NYC. thanks (oh a long time ago there was another question like this and somebody suggested a mail-order place, but I don't feel comfortable sending off my precious home movies from the 1950s etc. away)
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Trade Blogs and Publications for Online Publishers?

A colleague wants to deepen his understanding of online publishing (and I do, too!) -- how do the big print magazine/newspaper publishers manage their online publications, and what are the smaller, newer, younger online-only publications doing, too. Topics of interest run the gamut, from editorial policy to metrics. [more inside]
posted by notyou on Jul 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Media-based volunteering in the New York metro area?

Hey Internet. I'm a recent grad, and I loved the media-based extracurriculars I had in college (radio, newspaper, etc.). Do you know of any small media outfits (zines, indie newspapers, indie radio stations, off-beat special interest websites, etc.) that typically need volunteers in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia? I already know about WFMU. Thanks!
posted by topoisomerase on Jul 9, 2014 - 6 answers

TV viewing recs - teenage kid visiting his middle-aged relatives

Our 17 year old cousin is coming to visit. He comes from a sheltered environment, not allowed to watch TV at home, and they don't have wifi. We'd like to enjoy some really good TV together. I'm looking for good quality shows that are sophisticated and fun, with minimal romantic/sexual content. On the kid's last visit, he really enjoyed the Firefly and Justified series. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Jul 7, 2014 - 62 answers

Avengers, Assemble Onto My Bookshelf!

What's the best way to read comic books in the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me set a fair commission for qualified lead gen in advertising

I run a small media company with a staff of five (two people on sales, two editors, one social media person). The salespeople have a low salary, high commission salary structure, and advertising deals are generally in the low-mid 5 figure range. Our social media person is interested in getting into sales, or more specifically, getting compensated for introductions that eventually turn into sales. We're happy to accommodate her but have no idea how to structure things. [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Jun 28, 2014 - 11 answers

How to get cited in media articles relating to your domain?

How does one get interviewed/cited in articles? Someone once told me there was a service that you could sign up with if you were interested in being contacted by journalists who were covering a particular domain. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by mmmmbobo on Jun 9, 2014 - 5 answers

What are the current important cultural touchstones of 11-13 yr olds?

I teach a summer camp, and on the first day we hand out a list of questions and have the students interview each other one-on-one as an ice-breaker. We do it very quickly, so simple questions are the best. What are some things that a group of 11-13 yr olds (mostly girls) are likely to have an opinion on? Thanks!
posted by velebita on Jun 6, 2014 - 21 answers

What kind of painting/mixed media support am I looking for?

I want to combine the perfect smoothness of parchment with the thickness of 140lb watercolor paper, so that I can use watercolors as well as undiluted acrylic paint in the same piece without the support becoming warped. [more inside]
posted by macinchik on May 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Positive radio: any UK radio stations that aren't negative?

Hello, It seems like a lot of radio stations these days try to be provocative. There are many to choose from. Listening to a snarky station for any length of time is very irritating, so I've never really done a preview of lots of different stations. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on May 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

What is the Intellectual Property component of the USA's GDP?

Any economics geeks out there who can point me to how the government calculates intellectual property now in GDP figures? Is there information on how they calculate the value of a movie versus a TV show versus a book? I've seen some articles that say news shows and newspapers don't count towards the intellectual component of GDP, but is there a thorough explanation anywhere?
posted by lostguy on May 9, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I feel less uncomfortable with sexism in the media?

How do I feel less uncomfortable with sexism in the media? Or am I the problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2014 - 34 answers

The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

I don't wanna stare out the window, I wanna play POKEMON!

I'm traveling for work this week Tuesday-Friday. I would like DS (not 3DS) and audiobook recommendations, please! Bonus question: cool things to do in Portland, ME weeknights? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Apr 28, 2014 - 8 answers

External HD with Ethernet & USB file access?

I want to read/write files on an external HD via both USB and over the network. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Apr 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Are there any media archives in the UK open to the general public?

I think it would be really cool if I could get access to any recordings of TV programmes or copies of magazines from the last decade or so. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Mar 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Fangirls on TV

For a research project, I need to find portrayals of female media fans on television shows. Any genre, and potentially any time period, will do, although I suspect this is more likely to be a relatively recent phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by Superplin on Mar 16, 2014 - 28 answers

Two Trains Running...well two media devices...on the same Remote

I've got two media devices that both respond to the commands from either's remote; fatal (meaning return one of them for a different brand) or fixable in some other way? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me keep from feeling like I'm on Big Brother.

I value my privacy, and knowing that people I don't really know can easily discover my current physical location makes me feel queasy inside. How can I use the internet/social without basically shouting to the rest of the internet "this is where my body is right NOW!"? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

The Reaganettes, brought to you by Tab

I am looking for TV commercials from the 1980s that feature mothers, women and girls conforming to yuppie, conservative, WASPy ideals of beauty and behavior. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 25, 2014 - 20 answers

What are good "screentime" guidelines for my toddler?

My toddler son is finally of an age where the iPad and youtube are beginning to be a big draw. This is great, but I'd like to have some good guidelines from the start that allow him some screentime but prevent it from taking over too much of his life. I'm looking for a sense of what others have found works and doesn't work for them. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 22, 2014 - 28 answers

Beyond McLuhan

I have read some of Marshall McLuhan's books and would like to continue to read more in the same vein. I don't have a background in Media Studies or Philosophy, but I want to learn more about what contemporary thinkers have written about media and culture touching on some of the same subjects as McLuhan. I'm interested in philosophy of media studies (and futurism/technology/etc.). I'm also interested in artists that have reflected some of these ideas in their work. Suggestions?
posted by catrae on Jan 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

meta stories are meta

I really love works of fiction that use the style, setup, or form of another media product as a means of storytelling and sometimes subversion. For example: TEDxSummerisle (complete with tweets and botched livestream) and The Theory of Narrative Causality, written primarily in the form of Livejournal posts by the Sherlock Homes fandom (inc comments and bits of fanfic) as well as GChats, TVTropes, and related media. What other similar works are out there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 4, 2014 - 22 answers

“Original” self-marketing ideas

I'm looking for original self-marketing ideas for a writer and/or a designer. Okay, social media is important: Design your own page, update it frequently and get your friends to like it and promote it to their friends. But I'm looking for those kinds of tips that you've read and thought to yourself "Well that's original!". Something on par with Nine Inch Nails'/H2DA/Radiohead's decision to give their music for free "lest they come to the unique live concert experience" marketing ploy. Have you ever come across a Seth Godin or a Malcolm Gladwell book (or anything else) and was struck by something interesting?
posted by omar.a on Dec 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Where should social media posts originate?

Greetings all, I work for a small company that provides educational services. We are quite active on social media in an attempt to increase traffic to our main website and push up our status on Google. We create various types of social media posts including memes and short videos. We currently post these directly onto the social media sites. My question is whether we could better serve our website by having them originate there (our main domain) and to then link to them on FB, twitter etc. Another idea is to embed the code from our Youtube channel onto our main webpage and to then link from social media. Would either of these have any impact on the traffic to our main page?
posted by tjabeijing on Dec 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me find an article about seeing 50% women as "mostly women"?

A few years back I remember reading an article that talked about female characters in media, specifically that a fifty-fifty split of men and women was seen as "mostly women", and a lower ratio (1/3? 1/4?) was seen as "even". I seem to recall "The Simpsons" was used as an example? Maybe it was just mentioned. Anyway, I would like to read that article again but my google-fu is failing me. Halp?
posted by insufficient data on Dec 10, 2013 - 15 answers

Er..so my Kickstarter funded in 2 days and doubled in 7. Now what?

I began a Kickstarter last week and it exploded, reaching its funding goals in 2 days, 6 hours. I've started adding stretch goals like mad, but I'd like to use the overwhelming response to get some media attention. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Dec 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Really Good Newsletters?

Maybe I am just old-school, but I really enjoy getting well-curated newsletters in my e-mail inbox. My favorite is NextDraft, and I also enjoy Harper's Weekly Review, The Quartz Daily Briefing, and Quora's newsletter (that is apparently customized to my activity on their site). What do you look forward to seeing in your inbox on a regular basis?
posted by shotgunbooty on Dec 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Social Media Marketing

Traditional marketing says blanket your market with repetitious ads for the new people who haven't seen it. I have a project I want to promote and attract attention to. Although I won't send out a tweet or a post every minute, should I make repetitious posts on Social Media too? Is there a good balance?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Proper Settings for Adobe Media Encoder Bulk Transcoding?

Previously, I have used Adobe Media Encoder to convert hundreds of varying video files in to one common format. Works great. Set it and forget it. A godsend. Now, I have a folder of about 5000 WMVs (with a few MPGs and MOVs scattered throughout) of all different resolutions and quality. I need to convert them to MP4s, each the same resolution and quality of the file each original was. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Language school in Beijing needs social media advice.

Please help. I work for a language school that teaches Mandarin Chinese to foreigners inside China. We specialize in one month intensive teaching for beginners. We want to increase our social media presence and have some (even though we do say so ourselves) excellent stand alone ideas to do this. They are educational free formats that allow people to study Chinese online in creative ways. We don't know the best way to present them though. Should they be 'onsite' options through our main webpage,or would they be better served as stand alone entities with their own page and an affiliation to our main company website? Any thoughts and shared best practice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by tjabeijing on Nov 4, 2013 - 1 answer

Looking for Gaia, Tellus, Mother Earth, etc.

I need recommendations for gendered representations of nature (e.g.: Gaia, Tellus, Terra, Mother Earth/Nature, etc.) in literature, media, art, children's books, or anything else. [more inside]
posted by still bill on Oct 20, 2013 - 13 answers

How Are Talk Shows Organized?

Interested in hearing from the Mefiverse about how big-time talk shows are organized behind the scenes, i.e. do they prep the stars on questions before-hand and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Oct 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Logistics and advice for digital/physical improv skit?

Help me think through a smart/simple/clean way to project text from two different sources onto a screen. And - have you seen/been in any shows that mix digital/physical worlds? I'm all ears for advice about how to make this an especially delightful experience. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Oct 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Macbook to media server.

What's the best way to utilize this busted up macbook (and other bits and pieces from the house) as a media hub/server? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 answers

How to figure out which news story is trending the most at a given time?

Twitter and Tumblr feature trending or hot tags/news. But is there a way to find the most read/shared news story associated with a certain tag/news topic? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Congressional Press Release data online?

Where can I find historical data on US congressional press releases? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Oct 6, 2013 - 1 answer

Fictional accounts of therapy

I am looking for fictional depictions of therapy, preferably ones where it's taken seriously. More along the lines of In Treatment and The Sopranos than What About Bob? and Analyze This! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 4, 2013 - 53 answers

Do I need a second set of social media accounts?

I am about to launch a project that I think will get a lot of attention. I have personal/business social media accounts already, but do I need a second set of social media accounts just for this project to keep my personal/business ones from getting cluttered?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Fortune-tellin magazines: who they is?!

Green clan members: please help me identify those magazines / newspapers / quarterlies that have been (and probably still are) particularly prescient. [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Sep 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Media Overload - Help Me Find Some (New or Old) Quality Content

What websites or tools do you use to weed through and find new quality media content... Movies, Music, TV Shows, Video Games, Magazines, Books, other... both old and new? [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Sep 12, 2013 - 1 answer

Should I use garlic infused oil to prevent an ear infection?

I have a huge, life-determining standardized test tomorrow. A bit of ear plug got stuck inside my ear this morning when half of it ripped out as I tried to remove my earplug. Now, my ear has started hurting a little, and I'm terrified! I'm highly prone to ear infections, and am fearful of waking up with one tomorrow. It would be a huge distraction during this 3 hour test that has required months of preparation! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 10, 2013 - 24 answers

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