We’re taking a step back today from our usual focus on the past seven days to look at the progress made on implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) over the last two years. March 16 marks the 2nd anniversary of the release of the NBP, a multi-year strategy for increasing broadband deployment, adoption and meaningful use throughout the country. Since the release, the Benton Foundation has been tracking the implementation of the plan and its over 200 recommendations.
The discussion about providing underserved communities with “digital literacy” skills is too often limited to the skills people will need to be better media consumers. Too little emphasis is placed on equipping the public with the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) skills they will need to be globally competitive and to be producers of media content.
I’m a film guy. I like celluloid on reels. I like the whirring machines that play them. This love affair started in my late teens. Seeing Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire changed my life, ditto for Lina Wertmuller’s Seven Beauties. Discovering the nauseating spectacles of John Waters blew my freakin’ mind as did the Rocky Horror cult.
The 2010 Biannual Facing Race national conference, held September 23-25 in Chicago, was both invigorating and inspiring. Presented by the Applied Research Center (ARC), the Facing Race Conference is a national event bringing together everyone from grassroots organizers to activists to academics to discuss race and politics. This year’s event included multiple films, live music, multimedia presentations, spoken word and poetry, and national level speakers.
NAMAC Intern Daniel Linver shares his reactions to the recent ArtsJournal blog series on "Creative Rights and Artists."
By Donna Choi
Just came out of Friday's opening plenary with some interesting discussion on the meaning of Commonwealth and collaborative work. The plenary, moderated by Valerie Linson of WGBH and led by discussants Kristina Newman-Scott, David Bollier, and Tamara Gould, explored varying and evolving manifestations of Commonwealth-- from the new digital commons via the Internet and Web 2.0 to the move away from purely broadcast to a multiplicity of communication outlets.