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People Won’t Listen To Scientists ABout Climate Change? Fine, Then Let’s Dance Them To Undertsanding

March 27, 2015 - 2:42pm

“Scientists today believe that such critical information must be disseminated and quickly acted upon to avoid catastrophe. But that is not happening, as indicated by the ‘much talk, little action’ status of climate change. The central need is clearly not for more natural science research (although in many areas it would be very helpful). Rather, the social sciences and humanities need to be reorganized and refocused — ‘rebooted’ — to provide better understanding of human behaviors and how they can be altered.”

On YouTube: A Battle Over Fair Use And Superfans

March 27, 2015 - 2:36pm

“If you’re video maker who’s had a video flagged and you want to dispute it, the process is Kafkaesque. The copyright holder alone decides the outcome: It can uphold its claim. It can agree that your video does not infringe its copyright. Or it can do nothing at all for 30 days, during which time all advertising is suspended. Most likely, your video eventually is returned to you—but by that point, the damage is done.”

UK Funders Will Blacklist Museums That Sell Art For Profit

March 27, 2015 - 2:17pm

In a joint statement, the organisations said they were “concerned that a growing number of organisations are considering selling items from their collections for financial gain. Museum collections… represent an extraordinary act of generosity from one generation to another. It is clear that even when legally owned by museum governing bodies, they are primarily held in trust as cultural, not financial, assets.”

LA Philharmonic Extends Dudamel’s Contract For Three Years

March 27, 2015 - 2:10pm

“The extension means that Dudamel, who’s also music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in his home country of Venezuela, will lead the Phil for at least 13 seasons. The orchestra did not disclose financial terms; Dudamel earned $1.44 million in 2012, according to the Phil’s most recent public tax filing.”

CBC: Death By A Million Cuts

March 27, 2015 - 2:08pm

“The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced Thursday that it is cutting another 244 jobs over the next six months to save $15-million annually, as part of its five-year plan to eliminate up to 1,500 positions by 2020.”

Used Records Are Fueling A Vinyl Resurgence

March 27, 2015 - 2:06pm

“It’s what fuelled the beginning of the comeback, as not many classic albums were available on new pressings even five years ago. Even now that they are becoming available again, many new reissues of classic albums are quite costly or simply still haven’t even been reissued yet, so used vinyl fills the need.”

Why Would Anyone Start A New Literary Magazine? (But Then…)

March 27, 2015 - 1:51pm

“Demand isn’t fixed or finite; it has the opportunity to surprise us. In strict consumer terms, people can’t demand what they don’t know about. The introduction of a service​, a product or an idea is what ultimately drives demand. One of the things the LA Review of Books proved was that the demand for smart writing is larger than anyone expected, and what we’ve found in recent weeks is that there does seem to be demand for what we’re supplying.”

How Tech Criticism Is Failing Us

March 27, 2015 - 1:45pm

“That radical critique of technology in America has come to a halt is in no way surprising: it could only be as strong as the emancipatory political vision to which it is attached. No vision, no critique. Lacking any idea of how sensors, algorithms, and databanks could be deployed to serve a non-neoliberal agenda, radical technology critics face an unenviable choice.”

Report On UK Creative Industries: Here’s What Needs Doing

March 27, 2015 - 1:38pm

“The welcome emergence of London as possibly the leading creative industry hub in the world has disguised the lack of equivalent growth outside London, and this situation should be addressed by government as a priority,” it concludes.

Booker Prize Mastermind Martyn Goff, 91

March 27, 2015 - 1:36pm

Goff, who died on Wednesday after a long illness, masterminded the Booker for more than three decades. “The current health of English fiction can be explained in two words: Martyn Goff,” wrote John Sutherland, when the former bookseller announced he was stepping down from the prize in 2002.

The Revolution Is… Where Do Movies Go From Here?

March 27, 2015 - 1:34pm

“Cinema is gone—everyone agrees. And yet cinema also abides, if only so that Jean-Luc Godard can go on delivering valedictions to what it used to be. Like the history of which it’s a part, the moving image has not finished its work, nor is it likely to anytime soon. I think it’s just gotten a little too much into itself.”

The Curator Of MoMA’s Björk Disaster Should Be Fired

March 27, 2015 - 4:07am

Christian Viveros-Fauné: “[Klaus] Biesenbach – the institution’s Übersocial, fame-obsessed, Chief Curator at Large – has seemingly finally come in for some in-house scrutiny. A growing consensus outside the institution says it’s about time.”

Who’s Really To Blame For MoMA’s Björkgate?

March 27, 2015 - 4:06am

“This is obviously about the board members going to dinner parties and such, and being told by friends and associates that they should be embarrassed by the show. And they should be, I guess; the problem is that they refuse to accept any responsibility for fostering the conditions that allowed it to happen.”

In Contract Battle, Orchestra Moves To Replace Up To Two-Thirds Of Its Players

March 27, 2015 - 3:59am

“The KBS Symphony Orchestra moved to potentially replace 67 positions in its 100-strong orchestra on Monday, upping the ante against players in an intensifying labor dispute.” KBS, the state broadcaster of South Korea, spun off its orchestra in September 2012; many musicians, fearing for their job security, want to remain KBS employees and have been unwilling to sign contracts with the new management.

The Best Night To See A Play Is The First Night Of Previews, Says NY Times Critic

March 27, 2015 - 3:58am

Laura Collins-Hughes: “The energy in the room is high, and whatever surprises the performance holds won’t yet have been spoiled by reviews written by people like me. … [And] whatever ails a show, there is still – theoretically, anyway – time to fix it. To me, that feels hopeful. And dynamic.”

Richard III Finally Gets His State Funeral

March 27, 2015 - 3:58am

“For an English monarchy that has lasted more than 1,000 years, there can have been few more improbable occasions than the ceremony of remembrance here on Thursday for the reburial of one of the most bloodstained medieval sovereigns.”

The Royal Poet Laureate’s Eulogy For Richard III

March 27, 2015 - 3:57am

Here’s the text of Carol Ann Duffy’s encomium, which was recited at the funeral by Benedict Cumberbatch.

‘Man-Seders’ – Matzoh With Steak And Scotch

March 27, 2015 - 3:47am

“Unlike staid practice sessions of old, these promise flowing alcohol, macho food and male bonding along with some religious instruction, although that last one can get a bit lost at some of the events. … The goal is simple: to teach men about the Passover Seder, including how to run one, and engage them more in the Jewish faith.”

How Irish Step Dancing Left Irish Ethnicity Behind

March 27, 2015 - 3:28am

“When it was whites who made up the majority of U.S. immigrants, it really mattered if you were Irish, Italian, or some other white ethnicity. … Once the distinctions no longer mattered and the stigma of being Irish had faded, then Irish dance could be something anyone did and others would want to do. And, so, now anyone does. The three-time winner of the All-Ireland Dancing Championship in Dublin is a biracial, black, Jewish kid from Ohio.”

Why New TV Comedies Are Choosing Plot Over Jokes

March 27, 2015 - 3:12am

Basically, because they can. Jason Zinoman explains how the huge changes over the past decade in the way television series are distributed and consumed have allowed the creators of comedies to break with what was always a fairly strict template.