06.11.18

Reconstructing The Lost Musical Instruments Of Indigenous Communities

When Caleb Byerly was a young Christian missionary in the jungles of the Philippines, the indigenous tribe among which he lived told him about their old, traditional music - which had faded away after a previous generation of missionaries had told them it was profane. "'I felt that if it was my people who helped destroy this music, my people would be the ones to help redeem it,' Byerly says. ... Based on his restoration work, Byerly and his wife started Evergreen Missions, a non-profit that helps indigenous peoples re-create their lost ancestral music."

‘Couch Shows’ Vs. ‘Phone Shows’: Why We Need More And Shorter TV Episodes

"Consumers are now, often unconsciously, sorting every media product — from podcasts to magazine stories to video — into three categories: intentional, interstitial, and invisible. The implications of these changes are huge, especially for the people who create what we watch." Daniel H. Pink makes the case for intentional content ("couch shows" that you make a point to sit and watch) and interstitial content: "programming we use to fill the spaces in our lives — 10 minutes in a grocery store line, 5 minutes waiting to pick up a kid at practice, 35 minutes on a train or bus."

Cultural Appropriation Is A Difficult Issue. Here’s Help

For many, no defense or condemnation of cultural appropriation is required, because such complaints are almost beyond the realm of comprehension in the first place. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to eat Italian food, listen to reggae, or go to Yoga. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to drink tea or use chopsticks or speak English or apply algebra, or listen to jazz, or write novels. Almost every cultural practice we engage in is the byproduct of centuries of cross-cultural pollination. The future of our civilization depends on it continuing. Yet the concept was not always so perplexing.

Netflix Is Flooding The Zone With Content. But Are Its Shows Getting Lost In The Crowd?

Even Hollywood agents whose clients desperately want to do deals with the streamer concede overload can be an issue. “The Achilles’ heel of Netflix is that a lot of the content feels very disposable,” one veteran talent rep tells me. “Creators and stars want to feel special, and they want to know the audience is responding to their work.” Netflix content, the agent argues, too often “doesn’t feel as special as it needs to feel.”