Print is dead.
Scientists have been saying as much since the early ’80s. And the world has watched as media empires crumbled over the past few years.
There's also this:
And since babies can't do math or cure cancer or Dance with the Stars or make expensive hamburgers, I predict all that stuff will go away to. But that's another blog post.
At Monday's National Press Club luncheon, TMZ founder Harvey Levin (I'm sorry, how did TMZ's founder get into a National Press Club luncheon?) explained to all those unadapting NPC newsosaurs why they're doomed. From the Washington Post (via Poynter):
As for you, dear print reader, Levin says, it’s off to the scrap heap. “What is the magic of holding a piece of paper in the air when you read?” he asked. “You [in the news media] think you have to preserve this? Why?”
Funny you should ask Harvey. Also yesterday, the New York Times published an article about a recent resurgence in zine culture.
Lately, it seems, the zine is enjoying something of a comeback among the Web-savvy, partly in reaction to the ubiquity of the Internet. Their creators say zines offer a respite from the endless onslaught of tweets, blog posts, I.M.’s, e-mail and other products of digital media.
“There’s nothing more joyous than having a little publication in your hands,” said Malaka Gharib, a social media coordinator for a nonprofit organization in Washington. In her spare time, she publishes a colorful food zine called The Runcible Spoon with her friend Claire O’Neill.
“It’s a much more tangible feeling than collecting things on a Pinterest board,” she said, referring to a service that lets people save and store interesting links and pictures found on the Web.
Atlanta's having its own mini love affair with zines right now, too. The new Atlanta Zine Library is housed at Mint Gallery, which is also hosting the release party Nov. 4 for HydeATL's new zine "Cool Kids vs. Hot Mess."
Can hipsters save print media? It might be just ironic enough to work.
Given the recent passionate mishmash surrounding state art funding in Georgia, it is inevitable that other places around the globe are going through the same maze. Tracey Emin's London exhibition 'Love Is What You Want' stirred up just that exact debate. Emin's art "earns praise, and her embrace of Britain's Conservative-led government fans debate," according to the Los Angeles Times. Will there be a British shift to a more American-style philanthropic support for the arts? [Los Angeles Times]
"Four times larger than that of the Whitney"—what could that be? And the Walton empire is behind it? Give me the news! Find out how art will reach the public with the aid of Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam, as well as the third richest woman in the world. [The New Yorker]
It's very Southern, very thought-provoking and very green. A close resemblance can be found in Julio Cortázar's "House Taken Over" (Casa tomada). To find out more read Burnaway's review of the "Hortus Occultus" exhibition. [Burnaway]
The vampire mania is still alive (or undead) and well. Michael Cieply reveals how the cast and crew of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” are "scrambling to deliver a summer blockbuster." The movie, set for release in 3-D in June 2012, is based on a "pop-novel mash-up" by Seth Grahame-Smith. [New York Times]
Twitter's a comedian's dream — a captive audience just sitting there waiting for one-liners.
Here are our Top 5 Tweets of the Week from Atlanta comedians.
Hyperbole and a Half is only funnier when Brosh talks about her dogs — nothing in 2010 has made me laugh harder than "Dog's Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving."
Previews begin Friday night for The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey's one-man show that plays through April 11 on the Alliance Hertz Stage. There's a not-very-illuminating teaser for the Spalding Gray-esque monologue, which juxtaposes America's financial collapse with the America-worshiping natives of a remote South Pacific Island, but this clip from the Off-Broadway's Public Theater offers a more substantial sample of Daisey's stage presence and general attitude:
During his Atlanta visit, Daisey will also offers a one-night performance of his most controversial monologue, "How Theater Failed America," at 7 p.m. Monday, April. The monologue combines personal reminiscences as well as observations about the sorry state of U.S. stagecraft, and will spark a round table discussion afterwards. Check out the clip after the jump:
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