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Michael Brown, Ferguson & Media Reactions. Beach Bullies.

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Unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Immediately the media circus descended on the suburb of St. Louis and reporters, anchors and pundits began rattling off their minute-by-minute commentaries. One observer posted on Facebook, Does anyone else suspect the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is being prolonged in part because of CNN’s unrelenting coverage?” In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we’ll ask Eric Deggans, journalist & author of the resolutely titled, Race-Baiter, to give his overview of the media coverage and how it relates to the premise of his book, How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation“.

 

Plus this week’s Hit That Never Was features a very rare cover of The Velvet Underground’s Femme Fatale by the unlikely-named, The Beach Bullies from their 1980 album titled We Rule The Universe on the long-defunct Musclebound Records. The Beach Bullies were the brainchild of James A. Smith, aka The Great One (guitar/vocals), friend and sometime collaborator of Robyn Hitchcock. Along with vocalist Jill Fricker (vocals/guitar).

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An Engaging, Insightful Discussion about TV and Movies with Experts, Eric Deggans and Bob Ross

If you missed the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, no worries, the Podcast is available here. Eric Deggans, TV critic for National Public Radio, explains the difference between News and Infotainment. Film and media critic, Bob Ross joins the program to discuss this summer’s releases and forthcoming cinematic highlights. Plus, you’ll hear this week’s Hit That Never Was, “Shoulda” by Jamie Woon.

Coming up in a couple of weeks, Eric Deggans will return to Life Elsewhere to talk about his book Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

    

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TV News or Infotainment?

with Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR

Eric DeggansOnce upon a time, we listened and watched when the newscaster spoke.  If  Walter Cronkite adjusted his glasses to read the update on the news coming out of Dallas,  we paid attention to his every word.  He had no props, there were no computer generated graphics or a Richard Quest screeching at us while prancing around a hologram. Yes, TV news has changed since the days when a seasoned journalist like Walter Cronkite announced the death of the President. Today, if Anderson Cooper has his jacket off and flashing his guns in a tight black T shirt, then he is signaling to us, it’s a news story from somewhere outside the comfort of the studio. That somewhere could be anywhere, so to help us better understand a plethora of experts will unravel headache-inducing animated charts and graphs and looped footage. Such is the way of TV news in 2014. If Cronkite were around today, would he embrace the magical technology available? Probably, but the question is, would he stop being a journalist and start performing as an entertainer?

Summer Movies, The Good, The Bad & The Familiar

with Bob Ross film & media critic

Bob RossSequels dominate this year with flicks about Spider-Man, Transformers, Expendables, talking turtles, talking apes and animated dragons. Thankfully the season isn’t totally about would-be action blockbusters, there are documentaries covering a wide range of issues and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is receiving rave reviews with two posthumous performances. Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski (curiously)  take on material from Broadway and Woody Allen returns to France. Which ones will get Bob Ross’s Good, Bad or Familiar award?

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