July 17, 2013 |
The term "opting in" suggests a matter of choice. But as the thoughtful and spirited documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply" makes chillingly clear, choices are few for netizens. It's nearly impossible to function online without signing away privacy rights and basic protections. Sounding an alarm about those ubiquitous "I Agree" check boxes and the legalese that nobody has time to read, the film examines the many ways that typical Digital Age contracts are anything but free for the user.
February 21, 2008 |
The Directors Guild of America said its members overwhelmingly endorsed a new three-year contract. The agreement, negotiated last month, replaces one that expires June 30 and secures gains for directors in the digital age, including doubling residuals for films and TV shows sold online and establishing payments for shows streamed free on the Web. The contract paved the way for a similar pact between studios and writers that ended a nearly 100-day...
February 28, 2010 |
Some people take care of orchids. Others take care of guinea pigs. Barbara takes care of tropes. Most of the day she's a 51-year-old seamstress in Illinois and a caregiver for her husband. But in her spare time, Barbara tends to four tropes: "Cool Bike," "Badass Longcoat," "You Fail Logic Forever" and "Silly Reason for War." "They were a mess, they needed to be cleaned up, and nobody else was doing it, so I adopted them," she says. "It's equivalent of wiping down the sink every morning after I brush my teeth."
February 4, 2013 |
Drive-in theaters threatened with extinction by the digital revolution are getting a helping hand. The National Assn. of Theatre Owners and the company Cinedigm, which supplies digital equipment and content to the exhibition industry, said they will help drive-in theaters secure financing to pay for the cost of converting from film to digital projectors. Most drive-in theaters, which are independently owned and seasonally operated, have not yet converted to digital, raising the prospect that many will be left behind when studios stop releasing movies on actual film sometime this year.
June 24, 2008 |
Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. announced his retirement after 17 years in that role, making way for a new editor to lead the newspaper's transition into the digital age. Downie, 66, worked up the ranks as an investigative reporter and editor, London correspondent and national editor. He said that after his Sept. 8 departure he would stay on as a vice president at large at Washington Post Co., the same title held by his predecessor, Ben Bradlee. The Washington Post won many accolades during Downie's tenure, including 25 Pulitzer Prizes.
May 21, 2012 |
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday but expects to emerge from restructuring by the end of June. The Boston company said in a statement that it expects to eliminate $3.1 billion of debt through a debt-to-equity transaction that is backed by the “vast majority of key financial stakeholders.” The filing, made in a New York bankruptcy court and expected for weeks, will not affect Houghton Mifflin's daily operations nor its employees' pay and benefits, the company said.
July 10, 2010 |
Katie Jacobs Stanton, a former Google Inc. veteran who took White House and State Department jobs in the Obama administration, is returning to California to join Twitter Inc. Stanton, who made the announcement Friday on Twitter, will head the company's international strategy. Stanton worked on new-media strategies for President Obama's 2008 campaign, served as White House director of citizen participation and in December began helping the State Department use social media in international diplomacy and aid. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has focused on Internet freedom as an important plank of U.S. foreign policy.
March 14, 1995 |
He talks about computer bits replacing human atoms in communications and world trade, but multimedia guru Nicholas Negroponte believes the dawning digital age will make workers more creative. "The change from atoms to bits is irrevocable and unstoppable," says Negroponte, head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's futuristic Media Lab and author of a new book, "Being Digital" (Alfred Knopf). In an interview at the Media Lab--a white modernist cube designed by I.M.
January 8, 2002 |
A congressman who has played a key role in high-tech issues said Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at protecting the right of consumers to make copies of digital files, such as songs on a CD. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who sits on the Judiciary subcommittee on the Internet and Intellectual Property, said he would try to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was designed to limit piracy in the digital age.
May 22, 2013 |
In my inbox this week: Matthew Sharpe announces “a little experiment in self-publishing on the Internet”: a series of 12 weekly micro-fictions, under the name “Very short stories r us,” that showcase his idiosyncratic blend of the acutely observed and the fantastic. Sharpe is the author of a collection of stories and four novels, including the brilliant “Jamestown,” which reimagines the early 17th century Virginia settlement through the filter of contemporary dystopia, blurring the lines between history, fantasy, science fiction and satire.