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hyping links: tv edition

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When TV Became Art: What We Owe Buffy
This post is from late 2009, but I just read it again and couldn’t resist sharing.

this is when we talk about rayanne graff
I’ve been meaning to re-watch My So-Called Life, and Tavi Gevinson reminded me why.

Can a Show Change Its Endgame?
For the Gossip Girl fans out there, this piece discusses the Dan/Blair relationship and how other television shows successfully changed their romantic endgame.

Mad Men Gets a Deal to Make More Seasons, Blows Up Internet
It’s old news by now that Mad Men has officially been renewed for at least two more seasons, but this post from NPR’s Monkey See blog asks some great questions regarding how the new “director’s cut” will affect fans’ (over)analysis.

People take apart Mad Men like no other show currently on television. It’s the new Lost, in that regard. It’s the new show where every camera angle, everything seen in the background, every glance, every ice cube potentially has meaning. It’s also a show about which a significant population of viewers is meticulous about avoiding spoilers. They don’t want to know a single thing about what’s going to happen until it airs.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in links, pop culture

 

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why i library

In George Orwell’s essay “Why I Write,” he lists four “great motives” that people write — sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.  I was originally going to think of reasons people become librarians, but instead I decided to list four motives for using the library (in no particular order).

  • for love of the book (or film, magazine, cd, etc.)
  • frugality
  • computer and internet access
  • space, both reflective and social

What are some other “great motives?”  While I would love to think the expertise of librarians is a main draw for people, I’m really not sure how true that is — just speaking from my own experience.  In elementary and middle school, I spent hours and hours at my local public library.  The reason I kept going back was the books.  Though I loved my librarians, I don’t recall asking them for recommendations.  As I moved onto high school, while I still went to the library often, I never approached a librarian for help.  In undergrad, I used our academic library (though not as much) — but never the librarians.  I have to wonder if my personal lack of librarian use is because I grew up consulting Google and Wikipedia.

I also know I’m not the only one.  I don’t have any numbers to back me up, but I’m pretty confident that the number of people who use the library outweighs the number of people who consult librarians.  What I can’t figure out is if that’s a good or bad thing.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Tim O’Reilly on Piracy, Tinkering, and the Future of the Book
I really enjoyed reading this interview. Here’s an excerpt:

Meanwhile, if the price is right, you don’t think much about paying a couple of bucks, or even paying a lot for a legitimate copy. I find the whole DRM argument completely overblown. It’s never been proven to work. And that’s not to say that there aren’t some things that you can do to detect and respond to very extreme and obvious piracy.

An Adjunct Who Had Enough
I don’t agree with everything in this piece, but it’s definitely worth a read.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in links