I saw Amores Perros this weekend and had dinner at Zen Palate. Both worth your while. Amores Perros was a tad long but pretty powerful. Zen Palate is a vegetarian restaurant (a small chain) with some pretty tasty vegetarian cuisine.
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Bill Moyers on his 30 years in journalism.
The Founders didn’t count on the rise of mega-media. They didn’t count on huge private corporations that would own not only the means of journalism but also vast swaths of the territory that journalism should be covering. According to a recent study done by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press for the Columbia Journalism Review, more than a quarter of journalists polled said they had avoided pursuing some newsworthy stories that might conflict with the financial interests of their news organizations or advertisers. And many thought that complexity or lack of audience appeal causes newsworthy stories not to be pursued in the first place.
and then later on in the article discussing his Frontline piece on pesticides…
The public policy implications of our broadcast are profound. We live today under a regulatory system designed by the industry itself. The truth is, if the public, media, independent scientists and government regulators had known what the industry knew about the health risks of its products–when the industry knew it–America’s laws and regulations governing chemical manufacturing would be far more protective of human health than they are today. But the industry didn’t want us to know. That’s the message of the documents. That’s the story.
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James Gleick on the impact of technology in our lives.
In other ways, too, these developments pose challenges to the life of the polity. More than ever, our ability to participate in the basic processes of our information-rich culture — commerce, education, entertainment — will depend on technology. The Internet has been a democratizing force worldwide, knocking down walls, creating new voices, redistributing knowledge — sometimes, redistributing the kind of knowledge that brings wealth. But there are barriers to entry. Like our other core infrastructures — roads and bridges, the electric power grid, the phone system — the wired and wireless network is being built out largely by private companies, yet the public needs universal access. If laptops and Internet connections and Web-aware mobile phones remain tokens of privilege, then the gap between rich and poor will grow.
And then later on in the article…
Most wireless gadgetry isn’t quite ready for mass consumption. Most of it works only sporadically and only in certain places. All of it comes with hidden costs not listed on the boxes: time that the consumer must invest in reading manuals, managing batteries, coiling the supposedly nonexistent wires and generally learning new skills. At its best, browsing the Internet on a Web-enabled phone feels like looking through the wrong end of a telescope. No wonder some people assert almost religiously that they will never use a cell phone or a hand-held computer or a stereoscopic 3-D optical headset with optional immersion visor.