Monday, October 18, 2010

Another dilemma for mainstream media figuring out the new textscape

In last Sunday's New York Times, public editor, Arthur Brisbane, tackles the question of whether Times writer/blogger, Jacques Steinberg, and his editors, overstepped some frontier of journalistic propriety when he included in his blog a link that offered, for sale, an online educational course taught by Steinberg. Just goes to show how the new media forms have broken down the personal/professional -- with uncertain boundaries of journalism, education, and commerce. This won't be the last word on the topic.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yet another textcape

Cooper Union student, Andrejs Rauchut, did his senior thesis on a series of diagrams and images which trace the character movements within Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. Then he overlays the character paths onto contemporary Staten Island, providing a choreography for a public event. Looks like a fascinating, creative play of text and place. See the BLDD BLOG post for October 5.

Another textscape

The Thursday, October 7 blog on A Daily Dose of Architecture has an interesting post reflecting on the various uses of language, imagery, and architecture -- all have powerful political resonance. The example is the Park51 ("Ground Zero mosque") project.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The city

The Fall 2010 issue of Lapham's Quarterly (Volume III, Number 4) has a great collection of essays and excerpts -- from Herodotus to Samuel Pepys to Luc Sante on the topic of "the city."

Youth and media

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard announced today that it's organized all its research on youth and technology under a single project and web page, the Youth and Media Project.

Private gardens of Connecticut

Book signing tonight at the Horticultural Society of New York, author New York Times garden writer, Jane Garmey and photographer, John M. Hall, for Private Gardens of Connecticut (The Monacelli Press, 2010). Beautiful glimpses into gardens most people will never see.