Mirzoeff focused his presentation around the idea of the “visual commons,” which he defined to be conceptual spaces “where we practice freedom, see each other, invent each other, and create a common space between us that cannot be owned.”
He also said citizens have a responsibility to use the visual commons to protest injustice in innovative ways in order to combat the short attention span of the media.
“To have a better understanding and appreciation of potential talents among people whose initial linguistic impressions may not strike one as favorable takes a great deal of discipline,” he says.
The following are seven essential truths about the news today that Kamarck and Gabriele explore in detail:
Print newspapers are dinosaurs
Hard news is in danger
Television is still important
And so is radio
News is now digital
Social media allows news (and “news”) to go viral
For the younger generation, news is delivered through comedy
What Sunni Islam needs, rather, is a counter-reformation, a renewal and reconstruction of what made Sunni Islam great in the first place—pluralism, debate, disagreement, and dialogue, with mechanisms for cooperation. The Muslim world could also really benefit from some kind of overarching and truly multinational institutions, independent and well-funded organizations dedicated to discussing our differences and productively and deliberatively addressing ongoing challenges.
Like, say, a caliphate.
“As a mother and a woman, there’s plenty of missed opportunities in your lifetime,” Christine said. “The chosen ones. You choose to miss them. But then you get to a certain point, and you don’t want to miss.”
So, who is winning and losing in the large and growing boredom market today?
The losers are easy to identify. Anyone who was banking on consistent and predictable boredom slots is out of luck. Newspapers, radio personalities and daily game shows and talk shows. They’ve been thoroughly outclassed by a new generation of companies that serve the new atomized and variablized boredom market: pipes like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Still up in the air is what content you’ll engage with while using these apps.
“Shared experiences make a community,” reflects Zoppelletto, “there is nothing more thrilling than being with others in a dark theatre and together burst out in laughter or being in suspense. These shared emotions make us feel equal to the stranger sitting next to us and [because of this], cinema is a very democratic art.”
Lynsey was stunned. “You can write on Instagram?”
She laughed, picked up one of her phones. Swiped toward the retro-camera icon.
“I thought that was for, like, food and cats.”
“The boys that I liked read magazines with girls on them that looked nothing like me,” she said to me. “And I thought that I was undesirable for them. When I was a kid, the standard I held myself to was what I’ve perceived the boys I liked personally wanted.”