The $750m deal places the legendary nonprofit under 21st Century Fox's control.
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The first edition of National Geographic was published in 1888, the same year that the National Geographic Society was founded. An note in the first issue said the publication would help spread the research of others, “so that we may all know more of the world upon which we live.”
But things have changed since 1888, and the Society said Wednesday that selling its publications to 21st Century Fox, which has partnered with the non-profit in owning and operating its television channels for almost 20 years, was the best bet for survival in the modern media market.
The group plans to develop a new generation of royalty-free open source digital media formats for video, audio, and still images.
Michael Dant has a collection of well-cared-for Panasonic portable music players from the early 1970s. He's also taken excellent photos of them, which you can see here. I had a red Toot-a-Loop AM radio. Panasonic ought to re-issue this line of Panapal players with Bluetooth streaming and MP3 playing capability. Read the rest
The presidential candidate and professional assclown called Mexican immigrants "rapists."
Natalie Tran is well known for the hilarious, absurd, and relatable observational comedy videos she releases on her YouTube channel CommunityChannel. But she recently stopped by Brown University to give a slightly more serious chat about Asians in media. Read the rest
The Westport Independent casts you as the clip-happy editor of a newsrag under an oppressive regime, where you decide what goes to print. Can you manage the government threat and still subvert it?
From NYC media-literacy charity The LAMP
, a radical tool to remix the media, lay out its agenda, and tell our own stories.
Thanks to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a lot of discussion recently about racial bias in the media Read the rest
My latest Locus Magazine column is Stories Are a Fuggly Hack
, in which I point out the limits of storytelling as an artform, and bemoan all the artists from other fields -- visual art, music -- who aspire to storytelling in order to make their art. Read the rest
Up until Obama's "most transparent administration", and throughout the entire history of the USA, national security leakers had received a total of 24 months of jail time. There are many more cases pending. Read the rest
John Schindler was a prof at the College; he slammed Snowden as a traitor and compared Greenwald to Hitler, and was generally dismissive about concerns about network surveillance; he also sent pictures of his dick to a woman who wasn't his wife. He also co-wrote the report that stated that Sadam Hussein had WMDs, and helped send America to war. That was a lot worse than dick pics.
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The kingmaking evil billionaire offered $75B, and said he'd sell off CNN to avoid competition inquiries.
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"An unidentified video editor operates an editing system during a large red-shirt rally on the Royal Plaza on Jan 29, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand." [Shutterstock]
Al Jazeera America thought tens of millions of people were starved for serious, hard-hitting, longform journalism. Now the numbers don't seem to be panning out. At The Atlantic, Derek Thompson explores the psychology of why we ask for broccoli and then eat jelly beans. Read the rest
Fox News claims that the Lego movie is "anti-business", despite the fact that it exists to sell toys. Sean O'Neal, at A.V. Club:
the network has lashed out at the film for attempting to indoctrinate the naïve with simpleminded messages about capitalism, only for the wrong team, blasting a movie based on a global, multibillion-dollar toy manufacturer—and the reinvigoration of its branding through movie-generated merchandising—as being “anti-business.” ... As Dergarabedian goes on to suggest implicitly that calling a major studio’s marketing synergy-based movie franchise “anti-business” might be overreaching, Payne replies that it at least sounds like “hypocrisy” to him. A hypocrisy that may result in the children who see it developing antagonistic attitudes toward business, even as they demand their parents buy them more Lego bricks. Read the rest
Prosecutors allege that Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks "hid evidence as police probed claims at the paper
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The story of a woman who spilled coffee on her lap and ended up being awarded $2.9 million in a lawsuit against McDonald's is often cited as THE example of frivolous lawsuits and out-of-control juries. The real story, though, is different from the version you've probably heard. For one thing, the woman suffered burns to 16% of her body, some of which were 3rd degree. For another, at the time, McDonald's served their coffee at a temperature 30 degrees hotter than the stuff that comes out of home coffeemakers. Also the $2.9 million was only the jury-recommended
award, based on just two days worth of McDonald's coffee sales. This New York Times video
is an interesting look at the nuance that gets lost when media, pop culture, and politicians twist an event to better serve their own narratives and ends. Read the rest