TRON: Legacy, or, the Challenge of Painting the Machine

I hadn’t planned to see the new Tron movie. I didn’t want to go see another redo. In fact, I could barely stand the idea that they were going to make a sequel or remake or whatever it was going to be. Why would you want to tamper with such a unique vision? The nineties are littered with the debris of terrible remakes from my childhood – Annie, the Karate Kid, Fame, the version of Freaky Friday where Jodie Foster is replaced by Lindsay Lohan.

Are there really no new stories left to tell, that Hollywood must vomit up a dimmed version of all this pop mythology? Reinterpretation can be a wonderful thing, but the proportion of recycled stories seems to have grown exponentially in my lifetime, especially compared to cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. However – I still go to see movies based on special effects, so I went to see TRON: Legacy.

We seek to estimate the future and its bearing on our existence, as well as dwelling fondly on the past or indulging in escapist dreams. – Walt Disney

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Greg Osberg’s Plans for the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com

From the Philadelphia Institute for Journalistic Innovation:

Very interesting blogpost by Prof. George Miller at Temple’s Department of Journalism, who blogs at Entrepreneurial Journalists of Philadelphia. It’s about Greg Osberg, the new CEO and publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com.

Osberg was hired by the new ownership group, Credit Suisse and Angelo Gordon. He has big plans for the company, including:

• Launching a media incubator inside the Inquirer building, where small media companies can exist rent-free.
• Forming content partnerships with universities and niche websites.
• Restructuring the advertising sales teams so that ad reps sell print, online and apps at the same time.

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Monday, Feb. 15 in Philly: The Bills Are Too High



The Bills are Too High:

Community education and support on rising costs of gas, electric, cable and internet – our basic utility needs.
Monday, February 15th from 6pm – 8pm
Tuttleman Learning Center room 105 at the intersection of 13th and Montgomery
Philadelphia, PA
http://www.mediamobilizingproject.org

The Bills are Too High is a community educational event and support on the increases in the costs of basic utilities that are affecting our city and state. In a city where unemployment has climbed over 10% and nearly one and four live in poverty, paying the bills is a struggle for many of us. From electricity, to cable, gas, and internet, federal and state actions are making it harder every day for Philadelphians to meet our basic needs.

The beginning of this year marked increases as high as 40% in the electric bills throughout Central PA. Jan 2011 will see more increases for all those in the Philadelphia area served by PECO/ Excelon because of deregulation.

With Internet and Cable major companies like Verizon and AT&T are pushing federal law makers to allow discrimination of content on the internet, a move that would make the internet more expensive for everyone.

Along with this Comcast is looking to buy NBC/Universal. From past experiences of deals like this such a move means less channels for viewers and higher monthly bills.

And many people going through the winter without heat were almost kept in the cold because of a lack of funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). More funds were distributed but the program is under extra stress because of the economic down-turn.

Through out the evening there will be support to sign up for LIHEAP and other utility benefits, take action to make cable and internet affordable, and a listening booth to share your own story.

The Bills are Too High will take place at Temple University Main Campus, Tuttleman Learning Center room 105 at the intersection of 13th and Montgomery, on Monday, February 15th from 6pm – 8pm.

For more information, email bmercer@gmail.com.