But creating a category that segregates popular films from more elevated fare hardly seems like an improvement or likely to keep the academy relevant, since it calls attention to the awards’ elitism rather than actually broadening their appeal. If the academy really wants to make the Oscars more appealing to a wider audience, it should consider just recognizing the artistic … [Read more...] about And Here’s Another Story
The chaotic swirl of information, anger, conflict, identity, performance, and trivia that characterizes Trump’s governance also characterizes the mediums that created him. For all the talk of normalizing Trump, it was our normalization of the platforms he thrived on — reality television, cable news, and Twitter — that made Trump possible. Could Trump have won the Republican … [Read more...] about The Coming Information Wars
Yesterday's Washington state primaries suggest Republicans are in for a lot of hurt this November, writes Danny Westneat in the SeaTimes. "Democrats dramatically outperformed the norm in many of their districts up and down the ballot. Maybe it’s from a backlash to President Donald Trump or a record influx of new Democratic candidates, or both." Full results here.Joel Connelly … [Read more...] about Could Dems Pick Up Three Congressional Seats In WA?
In 1995, the artist Meredith Bergmann was working on a film set in Central Park when she noticed something was off. “I noticed then there were no statues of women,” said Bergmann. “There was a wonderful Alice in Wonderland sculpture, but there were no sculptures of actual women of note and accomplishment.” Now, 23 years later, Bergmann has created the winning design for … [Read more...] about Hello world!