_Wall-E’s_ Debt to D.W. Griffith

To describe the gentle movements of Wall-E’s eponymous, robot hero, critics have regularly invoked the poetic physicality of Charlie Chaplin and, occasionally, Buster Keaton. This seems particularly apt in the film’s opening thirty minutes, when the robot’s trash compacting movements around a desolate Earth is synchronized with music and proves expressive to the point that… Continue reading

_What Would Google Do?_ PowerPoint

I heard Jeff Jarvis give a brief talk last night about What Would Google Do? The book deserves full reading and consideration — there’s much in it both to admire and critique — but here’s a provocative if skeletal summary presentation of some its ideas. http://www.slideshare.net/jeffjarvis/wwgd-the-powerpoint?type=presentation

Remaking the FCC?

The current economic crisis has driven ongoing comparisons between the present day and the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s. Besides Lincoln, FDR has been the leader most often cited as a possible model for President Obama as he faces today”s many economic and domestic challenges. Roosevelt’s first hundred days, the fifteen major… Continue reading