Directed by John Howard Davies, Ian MacNaughton. With Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones. 'It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart', Famous Deaths, Italian Lesson, Whizzo Butter, 'It's the Arts', Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson, Cycling Race, and The Funniest Joke in the World.
Somehow this hasn’t aged as well as one might expect.
On Tuesday we have the makings of an intensely glorious chat with sava saheli singh (screeningsurveillance.com), Tim Maughan (Infinite Detail) and Chris Gilliard (hypervisible.com). Your onsite buddies will be Autumm Caines and Joe Murphy. Virtual buddy duties will be handled by the delightful Helen Dewaard. This will probably get very, very interesting.
Great recap of the morning including a discussion of surveillance.
Directed by Christopher Misiano. With Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Janel Moloney. Trying to participate in a late-night staff poker game proves difficult as news arrives that an unmanned U.S. spy plane has crashed in a remote part of Russia, and Bartlet and Leo have to deal with an incensed Russian President Chagorin and convince him via phone to let the military go in and recover the plane; C.J. obsesses over the fact that on the exact moment of the spring equinox (today), ...
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Spring 2019 Membership Meeting
April 8-9, 2019
St. Louis, MO cni.org/mm/spring-2019/
Joseph explores the extent to which discourses about community suggest an antidote to or escape from capitalism’s depredations, while distracting us from the supplementary role that community actually serves with respect to capital, filling its gaps and smoothing over its rifts in ways that permit it to function untrammeled. The alternative presented by community allows the specter of socialism, or genuine state support for the needs of the public, to be dismissed. This relationship becomes particularly clear in Joseph’s discussion of the role of non-profit organizations — entities highly likely to participate in and benefit from the idealized discourse of community — which often fill needs left behind by a retreating state, allowing that retreat to go unchallenged.
…raises the key question of what it is we mean when we talk about community?
As Miranda Joseph argues in Against the Romance of Community, the concept is often invoked as a place holder for something that exists outside the dominant economic and institutional structures of contemporary life. A set of estensibly organic felt relationships that harken back to a mythical pre-modern moment in which people lived and worked in direct connection with one another without the mediating forces of capitalism.
Now community is in this sense, in Benedict Anderson’s sense, an imagined relationship, and even an imaginary one. As its invocation is designed to yoke together bodies whose existence as a group is largely constructed. It’s a concept often used both idealistically and as a form of discipline.
A claim of unity that smoothes over and thus suppresses internal difference and disagreement. And as Joseph points out, the notion of community is often deployed as if the relationships that it describes could provide an antidote to or an escape from the problems created by contemporary political and economic life.
But this suggestion, serves to distract us, she says, from the supplementary role that community, in fact, actually serves with respect to capitalism. Sort of filling its gaps and smoothing over its flaws in ways that permit it to function without real opposition. So we call upon the community to support projects that the dominant institutions of the mainstream economy will not. And this is how we end up with social network-based fundraising campaigns to support people facing major health crises rather than demanding universal health care, and elementary school bake sales rather than full funding for education.
So community becomes, in this sense, an alibi for the creeping privatization of what should be social responsibilities.
Some interesting thought here with respect to economics, community, the commons, and education. While a large piece of the talk is about higher education, there are definitely some things that can be learned and used with respect to social media, and particularly the IndieWeb movement. I’d recommend everyone take a peek at it and think about how we can better deploy and give credit to some of our shared resources.
Directed by Alan Poul. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. The team looks forward as they mourn the loss of a coworker.
I’d noticed it before, but there’s an episode of The West Wing with this same title (as well as several other Sorkin series).
The funeral scenes were shot at The Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel. I immediately recognized it from having been there frequently, but even moreso because I happened to have been there on the day they shot the episode. I think my car may have been visible in one of the long shot scenes.
Directed by Anthony Hemingway. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of the middle east safely, and ACN's new buyer's style of news doesn't sit well with Charlie. Sloane and Don keep dodging Human Resources, and Mac sets up a secret meeting of her own. Sloane and Charlie try to ...
I’m kind of missing Neil Sampat (portrayed by Dev Patel) in these episodes now. He really gives the show some heart–even when he’s not present.
Directed by Alan Poul. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. When the team attends the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Mac makes an unexpected acquaintance and Will gets a surprise.
Ryan Howard??! Maybe this is why the show jumped the shark? It is nice to see some overarching commentary on the new media making its way into the conversation here.
Directed by Greg Mottola. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. While Rebecca must once again defend ACN during a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the aftermath of the DOD leak; Charlie and Leona deal with a hostile takeover; Sloan worries about Don's involvement with insider information.
I’d seen all the original episodes when they aired, but I don’t think I’d ever seen any of the season 3 episodes before. Kind of nice to have some “new” episodes to watch.
Directed by Anthony Hemingway. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. In the wake of the Genoa debacle, the team decides to use caution in reporting a major breaking story. Neal is contacted by an anonymous source in possession of stolen government documents; Sloan looks to solve a takeover puzzle.
Directed by Alan Poul. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. As coverage of Election Night 2012 continues, the staff has to decide on which breaking story to pursue. Leona decides to let Reese decide. Mac and Will's situation heads closer to the edge. And Sloan finds her anonymous bidder.