This is worth checking out. There are SO MANY subtle cues in this film I lost count after about twenty-five. I don’t know much about Helena, other than knowing her as a model, but she’s got some super solid work and probably knows as much about BEING photographed as any human on the planet. The other two are rightly considered legends. Oh ya, notice the prints….. Also notice the length…yes, this is an adult conversation.
I actually don’t remember what I said, but I’m sure it was profound and life-changing. You know when someone asks you if you want to do something and you say, “Sure,” without really thinking about it and then it finally dawns on you what you agreed to about .5 seconds before you actually have to do it. This was like that. Ultimately, it was fun but the idea of “live television” didn’t hit me until it was actually happening. I began to sweat. I continued to sweat, like an overheated motor, until long after the camera had turned to a brighter scene. This happened months ago but I forgot to post it. At least I think I did.
I know this is going to scare the living Hell out of you because the FIRST thing you will do is check to see how long this film is. How do I know that? Because I did the same thing, and everyone that was near me when I found out about this film did the exact same thing. So, you and I, and everyone else around me, are part of the problem.
This film really strikes home for me because about 11:25 in they talk about chronicling the Los Angeles local news market and found that during a typical newscast real news is given 22 seconds…..total. Local news is a critically important way of getting messages out, and real news for that matter, but we are so distracted by entertainment that the actual news is not only secondary it is almost nonexistent.
They also hit on the political debates and how essentially massive corporations, which we already knew about but still give free passes to, completely and utterly control the media.
One more classic line goes something like this…“Are these shows making us stupid.” “No, we started stupid.” Throw in blatant disregard for truth, lack of fact checking and disappearing journalistic standards and you have the perfect storm of stupidity. And guess what people, WE ARE IN THE BOAT.
Fact, truth and accountability need not apply. Watch and listen. And then, do something about it.
What am I doing? Well I just got rid of cable TV, in both locations where I live, which basically means I don’t have television. I went through brief withdrawl from the spinning things, ticker tapes, pounding informercials and political ads, but after a week or so I felt worlds better and was getting even more done. Television is a tremendous time suck, as bad or equal to the computer. Second, I try to entirely avoid any mainstream media feed. Networks, cable giants, etc, on the screen or online, and I try to avoid their advertisers, which is easier said than done. And under no circumstances do I get my political information or view from mainstream media. I realized a long time ago I could no longer rely on media for my news. Watching things like the second Gulf War unfold on the networks was sickening. I realized a long time ago I was probably NOT going to have the real story until the books began to emerge. When I say that I mean the books that ultimately emerge from a major story, and NOT those that come out three weeks later that are only meant to boost a particular journalists credibility or ego. I mean that books that come out a year or two down the line.
What sucks about all this is that I have a degree in photojournalism and know what good journalism has the power to do. There are STILL good folks out there, as they reference in the film, but with each passing day they seem to hold less power and less opportunity to get their work out in the powerful corporate world.
There is a FAINT spark of hope about all this, but the corporations are holding a bucket of frigid water and look primed to soak us all.
This interview with Eileen Gittins, CEO and founder of Blurb, just came out on Tech Crunch TV and is well worth the listen. Dreaming up then creating a company like Blurb is NOT an easy task, even in the age of instant everything. Eileen is a powerhouse, in addition to being a photographer and all around cool person, and her master plan, revealed here in this interview, is a testament to her ability to not only understand the present but also see well into the future.
Plus, she is my boss so you better leave comments or I’m going to hunt you down.