Apr 23, 2014

Disaster Disasters

     I'm not surer which disaster was more badly handled, the missing passenger jet or the Ferry upside down under water.

     But I know which reaction I think is more appropriate. The LA Times headlines the story this morning:

Ferry Disaster Fills South Korea with Shame.

The story says the image of those well-behaved, obedient to their elders students drowning within sight of land is too terrible for them to bear. Is South Korea some 3rd World nation, they ask?

     Meanwhile in the Third World, Malaysia, confusion reigns.The plane was headed there...no there..but wait, perhaps it was over there all along. Not a lot of shame that I've heard from that quarter.

      Can you imagine the reaction among Americas if it either had happened here? We have our own share of disasters, but we generally know pretty quickly where the wreckage is. And sometimes turn disaster into a triumph.

Apr 21, 2014

A Silly Tuesday Exercise

So I say we DO it!

NASA is behind it, perhaps indicating we should NOT have killed off the shuttle and moon programs, but the idea is to take a picture of yourself with a sign indicating where you are tomorrow, Earth Day, and sending it to NASA so they can build a huge mosaic image...an Earth "selfie" if you will.

Here's the site.

And they even have a sign you can print out with your location filled in.  

MMMM # 445 -- Pictures that lie, anonymous (NOT) comments and newspaper bias.

  • The Mirror tabloid newspaper in England used a photo of a crying child to illustrate their story about food banks.
     But it was a stock photo, and some readers were crying foul.


  • A North Alabama case involves an anonymous commentator discussing a murder case. The prosecutors want al.com to turn over the name because the person appears to have information about a murder that only the killer could have. Al.com objects, with one of their lawyers saying:

Without the protection of the First Amendment, anonymous speech criticizing the performance of public officials will be chilled if such government officials can use the legal system to unmask the identity of the anonymous critic

  •      An economist at The University of Chicago has won an
    award for his research into the editorial  bias of newspapers. He found bias is the readers fault because the papers are just trying to appeal to their readers.         Which came first? The biased reader or the biased reporter? 
You can listen to an interview with him on this Friday NPR segment.
  • And there's this: A jobs website says being a newspaper reporter is the second word job of 2014. The only worse job? Lumberjack.

[The Monday Morning Media Memo is a regular feature of TimLennox.com]

Apr 20, 2014

The 2014 Easter Egg Collection

Photography: Cardboard New York. And The World.

Smithsonian online offers a profile of an artist who is doing amazing work creating half-scale cityscapes using cardboard. Look:

Sunday Focus: "All God's Dangers"

     A New York Times story I was reading referred to Tukabahchee County* Alabama, and I blinked. Where?
     I've been to most Alabama Counties at one time or another, but had never heard of it. 
     The Times tells the story of the book that won a 1974 National Book Award, a book that I'm betting most of you have never heard of.

You can read the eight-page preface online...and that's where I read this:

As a measure of protection and privacy I have had to change the 
names of all the people and most of the places in the narrative. 

That was written not in 1874, but in 1974!
Younger folks may think of '74 as ancient history, yet the author felt the need to hide the identity and location of the the elderly black man who's story he tells. Amazing.
     The YouTube clip above is actor Clevon Little in a one man show based on the book, though the Times story doesn't have anything good to say abou it.
     There is also a PBS clip online that includes an interview with his relatives.

* He actually lived in Tallapoosa County.