Category: Media

New Documentary "Represent" Arrives at Perfect Political Moment

New Documentary "Represent" Arrives at Perfect Political Moment
Available starting today, August 14, on the Music Box Theatre virtual cinema link is the extremely timely documentary "Represent." The film follows three women in the Midwest running for local public office and going up against the entrenched political machines in their respective cities. No area of the country has more swing states than the Rust Belt/Great Lakes region, and perhaps no demographic will be more impactful this election cycle than women. Represent opens with a montage of tv newsers talking up the "year of the woman in politics" trope, in several years past...

Certain Apps Seeing Big Growth Amid Economic Shutdown

Certain Apps Seeing Big Growth Amid Economic Shutdown
Big tech is bigger than ever and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they're only going loom larger. We're more reliant on giant tech companies than ever before these days, and in the era of social distancing, this reliance will only increase. We're currently in a world of working remotely apps, learning at a distance apps and socializing online apps. It's not going away any time soon either. Zoom is a company that we're all now familiar with. It didn't even exist until 2011, and wasn't profitable until just last year. By February, Zoom had gained 2.22 million users in 2020 — more than they amassed for all of 2019. Daily average users rose from about 10 million in December 2019 to about 200 million in March 2020....

Relaxing Music Helps Boost Immunity, Spirits During Trying Times

Relaxing Music Helps Boost Immunity, Spirits During Trying Times
Right now, COVID-19 has gripped the entire world in uncertainty, as the global pandemic has accelerated stress and heightened fear. As you know, stress is the enemy of the immune system, so any which way you can alleviate tension is always a good thing. Think of it as relaxing music for mitigation, and it's a genre that's being talked about much more these days. Streaming of classical music, along with folk and children’s music, has seen a surge in popularity recently. Classical music has always been a staple for accompanying studying or reading, but now more people are finding it can sooth frayed nerves as well...
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Digital Divide, Inequalities Could Be Exacerbated By Economic Shutdown

Digital Divide, Inequalities Could Be Exacerbated By Economic Shutdown
The digital divide is defined as the gulf between those who can readily access computers and the internet, and those who can not. During the coronavirus pandemic, and the economic shutdown that it has caused, there are worries that it will only get worse, becoming a "digital chasm." The stark divisions that already exist in society, in terms of educational attainment and income equality, could be exacerbated the longer the stay-at-home orders remain in place and most businesses are shuttered. With schools going to at home virtual learning, access to high speed broadband is key...

New Media Venture Aims for Unifying, Not Divisive Coverage

New Media Venture Aims for Unifying, Not Divisive Coverage
America is currently as divided as it has ever been at any point since the Civil War. A big part of that is our media landscape, which operates under intense pressure from the profit motive and is thus hyper aware of how conflict moves the needle.
It's across all facets of news, including sports, and perhaps Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul said it best: "every time you see something in our league, on broadcast, what does it say? Oklahoma City vs. Portland. It always says 'vs.' So they almost always trying to put us against each other, never trying to unite and do things together."
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Super Bowl 54 Will Have Plenty of Political Imagery on Sunday

Super Bowl 54 Will Have Plenty of Political Imagery on Sunday

"Stick to sports" is a ridiculous misnomer that evokes a concept which could never exist in real life, but in recent years the idea is, fortunately, going away. Standing, with your hat removed and your right hand over your heart for the national anthem is strongly political act in and of itself.

This year's Super Bowl, even with the recent issue of protests staged during the Star Spangled Banner in the long past, will still have plenty of political imagery and messages from political figures. So get ready, as Super Bowl 54 arrives on Sunday.

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Sociopolitical and Cultural Insights from Joe Bob Briggs (Exclusive)

Sociopolitical and Cultural Insights from Joe Bob Briggs (Exclusive)
We currently live in, arguably, the most divisive political climate since the Civil War. There aren't many people who are talking about peace, love and togetherness in America right now, but one comedian and nationally syndicated "drive-in movie critic," known for his sardonic takes on B-movies, is. John Bloom, better known by his alter ego, "Joe Bob Briggs," performed his hit show "Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood” at the Cinepocalypse Film Festival earlier this month at the Music Box Theatre. We took in the showing, and had an exclusive interview with the Little Rock native beforehand. Here were some of the more notable quotables, regarding the current political climate, from our interview with Joe Bob Briggs...

Red Neck Culture More Relevant than Ever; Bone Up with Joe Bob Briggs Show at the Music Box

Red Neck Culture More Relevant than Ever; Bone Up with Joe Bob Briggs Show at the Music Box

In the words of Johnny Russell, “there’s no other place I’d rather be than right here, with my red necks, white socks and blue ribbon beer.”  Although you can certainly swap out “white socks” for “White Sox” if you’ve been to the 500 level at Guaranteed Rate Field- certainly a red neck or two to be found there.

Red neck culture is more relevant than ever, and in 2016 we learned just how powerful a voting block hillbillies truly are. You can ignore them all you want (after all much of what they stand for sociopolitically is morally deplorable and egregiously regressive), but you do so at your own peril.

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‘90s Nostalgia Continues Trending, Experience it at Cinepocalypse 2019

‘90s Nostalgia Continues Trending, Experience it at Cinepocalypse 2019

What happens when us younger end of Generation X to older Millennials turn middle-aged? The pop culture of our adolescence becomes popular once again. Yes, we’ve reached that point along the space-time continuum where all things 1990s is new and fresh again.

‘90s nostalgia has been “a thing” for a few years now and it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down, given how just about everything that was mainstream during the cyberspace decade is being rebooted again these days. Embrace all things ‘90s next week with the Cinepocalypse Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave).

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Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)

Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)
FAYETTEVILLE- This past weekend saw the University of Arkansas host “Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange.”  It was a conference attended by Fulbright alumni and grantees, and as an alumnus myself, I headed south to attend the event, where I led the Journalism World Cafe. The session was entitled "Images and Perceptions: Journalism’s Role in Shaping the View of other Countries," and broken up into three parts. Audio of all three sessions is below, so have a listen and then join in the conversation...by commenting below...