Public policy should be driven by a few essential questions: Who are we? What do we stand for? How do we want to be remembered; what is our legacy to the future? These foundational questions underpin this second essay on the jobs plan we need.
Arlene Goldbard advocates for major investment in public-sector jobs.
Traci L. Morris reports on attending a meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer Affairs Committee (CAC),
Roddy Schrock talks about two creative uses of locative media.
NAMAC Blogger Traci Morris reports on her trip to the 2011 Gathering of the National Rural Assembly.
NAMAC Blogger Amy Puffenberger considers the criteria for creating "the ideal media experience".
NAMAC Blogger and Free Press Outreach Manager Candace Clement writes about her trip to this year's Americans for the Arts convention.
Two of the most curious voices in American independent film these days are Miranda July and Mike Mills. It just so happens that not so long ago they got married. How adorable! If I’d never seen their films or artwork I’d still think they were a cute couple. It almost seems like a quirkily perfect match; she daring and awkward; he shy and laid back.
Last night in the intimate Iger Recital Hall at Ithaca College in upstate New York, baritone Brad Hougham and pianist Deborah Martin reminded me why I love programming the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).
Collaboration. Interdisciplinary exchange. Big, messy ideas. Problems to be resolved. Brilliant colleagues. Learning to see, think and hear in new ways. Figuring out how to get new audiences for experimental works. Music. Projected images. Risk.
As the debate over public media continues, we must continue to ask ourselves what the term “public media” really means. What defines a “public”? What does the term “media” actually include? When I think about public media, the first image that comes to mind is the public broadcasting system as it currently exists. More importantly, I think of the continued and very real debate going on across the country and in Congress about whether or not to continue federal funding for public broadcasting. There has been much talk about whether or not the model for public broadcasting as it currently exists today is outdated. Opponents of the continued funding of public broadcasting often argue that public broadcasting is now obsolete given the current structure of commercial television broadcasting, ‘500 different channels all devoted to a person’s individual interests, etc.’ – that sort of thing, so why do we need public broadcasting when there are so many options?! More on that later.