By MIKE HALEOCT. 25, 2016 The New York Times When we talk about technology and the movies these days, we’re often talking about the movies becoming smaller. They can be shot on GoPros and cellphones, then watched on laptops, tablets and those same cellphones. Access to the means of production grows while the artistic product […]
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By SUSAN DELSON Oct. 25, 2016 12:42 p.m. ET The Wall Street Journal Put down that smartphone. Step away from the remote. “Dreamlands” is here. Opening Friday at the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016” presents a bracingly different take on the moving image—not as something to catch on your […]
By Jill Lepore This election’s first Presidential debate will be held on September 26th, the anniversary of the first televised Presidential debate, between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, in 1960. Nixon and Kennedy met in a bare CBS studio in Chicago, without an audience; the event was broadcast, live, by CBS, NBC, […]
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, […]
By Amanda Christy Brown and Katherine Schulten This August, as a new school year was about to begin, the University of Chicago captured media attention with the letter it addressed to incoming first-years. As The Times reported in “University of Chicago Strikes Back Against Campus Political Correctness“: The anodyne welcome letter to incoming freshmen […]
John Donvan of Intelligence Squared U.S. tells what reforms are needed to make the presidential debates truly debates, instead of stump speeches and one-liners. Source: CNN
By Jeff Jacoby One of the country’s most experienced political commentators, a senior columnist at The New York Times, bemoans the disgraceful spectacles that presidential debates have turned into. “These high-stakes showdowns,” he writes, “are gushing fountains of misinformation, disinformation, posturing, prevarication, and puerility.” The nation’s foremost TV news anchor agrees. “The debates are […]
By Robert Rosenkranz Finally, America may have a shot at real presidential debates — debates that require the candidates to discuss substantive issues with depth and nuance, to marshal relevant facts, to respond to challenges, and to demonstrate their ability to transcend memorized sound bites and actually think on their feet. The current format […]
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By Lee Drutman I’m a big fan of the Intelligence Squared US (IQ2) debate program, so when I learned that the program had compiled data on the 119 debates it had held since 2006, I was eager to dive in. And in doing so, I learned a few things: People do change their minds […]
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The five reaming Republican candidates will debate tonight in Houston. The debates have draw big ratings wins for news organizations—13.5 million people watched the last GOP debate on CBS two weeks ago. For the news networks, the debates have become sporting events, with a national anthem, a highly produced introduction with photos and soundbites from the […]