What happened to disintermediation? With the rise of the web in the 1990s came predictions of disintermediation. In a world where the upstream players (the makers of products and services) could reach end customers directly through the internet, there was no longer a raison d’être for intermediaries. This was particularly true for information industries – banking no longer needed branches, music artists no longer needed CD stores or even record labels, writers no longer needed publishers or bookstores. We were looking out at a world of empowered small producers who could finally reach the end customer as easily and inexpensively as the massive marketing and distribution machines of the large intermediaries.
The Machiavelli of Maryland: adviser to presidents, prime ministers – and the Dalai Lama People contact Edward Luttwak with unusual requests. The prime minister of Kazakhstan wants to find a way to remove ethnic Russians from a city on his northern border; a major Asian government wants a plan to train its new intelligence services; an Italian chemical company wants help settling an asbestos lawsuit with a local commune; a citizens’ group in Tonga wants to scare away Japanese dolphin poachers from its shores; the London Review of Books wants a piece on the Armenian genocide; a woman is having a custody battle over her children in Washington DC – can Luttwak “reason” with her husband? And that is just in the last 12 months.
Warming up to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”: What my mother taught me about the guy who wrote the “date-rape” Christmas song I brace myself for it every year. Come December, before the first snowfall, we’ll see a flurry of articles about “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” now often called the “date-rape song.” We’ll read opinion pieces and watch parodies that place this song squarely in the camp of a “no means yes” patriarchy, a story about a man who uses alcohol and coercion to make a reluctant woman stay the night. But what if the writer of the song was actually a feminist? What if Frank Loesser, the famed lyricist of “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” should be thought of as a progressive voice in the fight for gender equality, as a man who was ahead of his time in recognizing and calling attention to the social plight of women?
The Downside of Disintermediation Skeptics of copyright are generally not too fond of “gatekeepers.” Prior to the widescale adoption of the internet, these “gatekeepers”, the typical narrative goes, controlled what the masses read, watched, and listened to, reinforcing a dominant culture and creating the concept of media “consumers.” But the networked, one-to-one nature of the internet challenged this one-to-many model. 100 years of Indian cinema: Tent cinema returns with Hunterwali, rare silent movies Tent cinema has returned to the Capital thanks to the ongoing Indian cinema centenary festival where the audience is enjoying the escapades of the legendary Hunterwali in a 1940s talkie and rare silent films like Diler Jiger or Gallant Hearts (1931). Propped up with the old tent paraphernalia, the wooden benches and the floor mats, the audience aged from 5 to 75 are having a gala time 'living' the olden days of the beginning of cinema in India. Famous as Indian silver screen's first stunt queen, Fearless Nadia as Mary Evans became popularly known later, earned the nickname for her intrepid and swashbuckling tricks on the screen as iconised in classics like Hunterwali (1935), Miss Frontier Mail (1936), Hurrican Hansa (1937), Hunterwali Ki Beti (1943) among others. Hunterwali Ki Beti, screened at the tent facility erected here in a homage to the pioneering days of Indian cinema, was quite a hit with the audience. "I have seen Punjabi films in tent cinema and later in Ludhiana too. ... contd.
Listening While Feminist: In Defense of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Editor’s note: Please enjoy this featured post from our archives. I’m a pretty voracious consumer and critic of American popular culture. I’m one of those 3rd wavers who believes that the deconstruction of all aspects of pop culture is an important aspect of feminism or any sort of progressive movement. Mass culture is the stew we all live in; when we learn to look at it critically, we can discuss the messages we’re soaking in every day. The Disintermediation of Media: What's Your Value Proposition? I work from home, which, in many ways, is "living the dream." I roll out of bed, I put the kettle on, I boot up the computer, and I get to work. Sometime around midday, I put on some jeans, I grab a leash, and I take the dog for a nice long walk to break up the day. But working at home has some drawbacks. You don't get up and walk over to the water cooler or coffeepot and chat with your co-workers.
Cinema at Round Tana Metro Plus Chennai Hyderabad Cinema at Round Tana I'LL GET to Round Tana, a near forgotten name, next week - and would welcome any recollections of that landmark site before then - but this week, though I'm a little ahead of my route, historically speaking, I take a look at Cinema which, starting from just a couple of buildings south of P.Orr's, kept Round Tana abuzz all afternoon and evening till the early 1960s. That cinema house which has started me on this journey was my - and many others' - favourite, the New Elphinstone theatre, now a shopping mall of tiny shops and services. Now our vaginas are being photoshopped. Great The 10th most read post on Mamamia this year, was about a different kind of photoshopping. In it, we asked you to consider whether the western world even knows what a real vagina looks like any more? The world famous Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover has leaked for 2012 and it shows model Kate Upton in all her bikini-clad glory, but er, without her vagina.
Apple TV Is The Latest Step In The Disintermediation Of Media The trend toward direct connections between video content creators and their audiences is well underway, but the new Apple TV could finally push that trend into the living room. Although direct-to-viewer relationships are the norm on the web, most premium TV content in the living room still passes through a cable television gatekeeper. Does Apple finally have enough momentum to break the grip of the content middlemen for good? The Great TV Unbundling Two months ago, Apple executives got on stage and proclaimed that “The Future of TV is Apps.” This should be a surprise to no one. Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin Photo It is one of the great mysteries of the digital age. The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin, has captivated even those who think the virtual currency is some sort of online Ponzi scheme. A legend has emerged from a jumble of facts: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto released the software for Bitcoin in early 2009 and communicated with the nascent currency’s users via email — but never by phone or in person.