Our headline was written deliberately to get your attention. In the latest post at BACK. Norman B looks at the beginnings of music videos and MTV, wondering if recent creative and most decidedly sexy filmatic music promotions signal an open and unabashed attitude towards what was almost taboo, back in 1981. Check out the three provocative videos he selected to illustrate the post, (and scroll down to see more from earlier entries).
Being aware of what’s happening in culture, is why Life Elsewhere exists. We work enthusiastically delving into subjects worth sharing, in ways other media presentations are not equipped or able to try. Norman B engages with guests, asking questions that are not on a PR’s cheat sheet. His often emotional, personal reactions are genuine, this is the essence of Life Elsewhere.
In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, that spirit comes across as Norman B begins his interview with championship-winning soccer player, Robbie Rogers. The host relates a personal story, which takes Robbie by surprise. Tune in and hear how Robbie Rogers made history by standing up and coming out as a gay athlete. He recounts his courageous story of being closeted and the trauma he went through in his book, Coming Out To Play.
Also, regular contributor Bob Ross, film and media expert, joins the program to discuss the Holiday movie releases, including the almost seemingly fictitious revelation that North Korea is behind the Sony Pictures cyber attack. Plus another, clever listener has sent us a wonderful suggestion for this week’s Hit That Never Was. Find out what that song is; hear what Bob Ross has to say about Holiday movies and soccer player, Robbie Rogers talking about coming out, all on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.
Norman B’s curated selection of new and intriguing sites is updated regularly. Take a look, scroll through and discover how much more there is at BACK.
Female homoeroticism has been showing up all over the place in the media again. Could the latest trend have been initiated by the controversial 2013 movie Blue Is the Warmest Color? Are these images of woman on woman action intended to titillate or illustrate a commonplace experience? If either answer is correct, then the next question has to be, “Why are male on male images still verboten?” No matter how many States ponderously legalize same-sex marriage or news anchors and sports stars come out, the depiction of two men embracing will cause immediate gasps of surprise. Should we presume then, that heterosexual male fantasies continues to dominate and guide mass media output? Three experts will join Norman B to discuss who’s afraid of homoeroticism. Jesse Bering, associate professor and author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, Rachel Hills, author of the forthcoming, “The Sex Myth” and Anise K. Strong, assistant professor of history who has published articles on Spartacus, HBO’s “Rome” and an upcoming article on the representation of rape in modern historical television dramas.
Engaging and passionate author, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will explain her mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities in Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. You’ll hear about an era where all operations, no matter how brutal or invasive, were performed on patients who were wide awake and screaming. Aptowicz interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room.”
Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was selected by a listener who proudly announces she is a “Genuine Goth!” and goes on at length telling us about her work on top secret projects. Finally she gets to her choice for Hit That Never Was, it’s the quintessential Goth band, Bauhaus.
The image at the top of the page is from the video for Why Can’t I Be You, the debut track from Swedish duo R.A.B.B.I.I.. Learn more about this and other new videos at BACK.
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TV News or Infotainment?
Once 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
Sequels 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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