David Byrne on media

“Some are better for saying a particular thing than others. I think it’s also part of that punk do-it-yourself
attitude, of being like: ‘Well, I don’t care that I’m not an expert in
this. I know my limitations, but I think I can express what I want to
express within those limitations.’ You know — like I may only know
three chords, but that’s all I need.”

Will Hermes, New York Times, "Indie Rock's Patron Saint Inspires a New Flock"


Full of passionate intensity

[…] Were pro-Israeli and
pro-Arab viewers who were especially knowledgeable about the conflict
immune from such distortions? Amazingly, it turned out to be exactly
the opposite, Stanford psychologist Lee D. Ross said. The best-informed
partisans were the most likely to see bias against their side.

thinks this is because partisans often feel the news lacks context.
Instead of just showing a missile killing civilians, in other words,
partisans on both sides want the news to explain the history of events
that prompted — and could have justified — the missile. The more
knowledgeable people are, the more context they find missing.

more curious, the hostile media effect seems to apply only to news
sources that strive for balance. News reports from obviously biased
sources usually draw fewer charges of bias. Partisans, it turns out,
find it easier to countenance obvious propaganda than news accounts
that explore both sides.

"If I think the world is black, and you think the world is white, and
someone comes along and says it is gray, we will both think that person
is biased," Ross said.


Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post, "Two Views of the Same News Find Opposite Biases"


“Superman Returns”

Pretty savior-centric, sis. You WILL believe Jesus is magic. When I could, I focused on the media over the message.

  • The kid with the cameraphone producing what Frank Langella-as-Perry White calls an "iconic" picture vs. poor Sam Huntington-as-Jimmy Olsen's vague blur-caps. Kevin Spacey-as-Lex Luthor's goons documenting the evil-that-they-do with video cameras.
  • Kate Bosworth-as-Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial writer Lois Lane) clearly bugging the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of Peta Wilson's spokeswoman with persistent questions about the shuttle launch, plus the one about why a single network was covering one particular related event.
  • A Daily Planet story meeting like none I've ever seen. And then, the next day? An elevator full of silent riders with their eyes glued to the newspaper.

Spacey? Scenery-chewing goodness from start to finish. Parker Posey? Not enough scenery left for her. Kal Penn? Screen time yay, but not a single word. Bosworth/Routh/Marsden? Bland. Marlon Brando? Surprisingly good for someone dead two years.