Donate Today! Help us help others.

Lynch Coaching


Saturday, June 5, 2010

What is China

Photo: New York Times: Yang Liwei, China’s first astronaut, after landing in 2003. In a recent lecture, a top official of China’s state news agency revealed that workers had cleaned blood from Mr. Yang’s face before closing and reopening the capsule for the benefit of the cameras.

Photos of an astronaut emerging from China's first space capsule to circle the earth were forged. The reality is that a design flaw meant higher G's on reentry so the proud cosmonaut emerged bloodied, with blood in the capsule. The People's Republic of China (Mainland China) thought nothing of cleaning up the astronaut and his capsule and then re-staging the emergence "live" and making that reality, instead of live honest coverage.

This is an example of the difference between a free press and a controlled media.

The reason, given freely in a lecture to future Chinese "journalists" revealed that news is defined as what is best for the people and the state, not what really happens. It is about how history is captured and how people feel more than truth.

The New York Times report that the lecture "titled “Understanding Journalistic Protocols for Covering Breaking News,” ...was intended to help budding journalists understand Xinhua’s dual mission: to give Chinese leaders a fast and accurate picture of current events and to deftly manipulate that picture for the public to ensure social harmony, and by extension, the Communist Party’s hold on power."

This is the country we are in cozy business relationships with, with Corporate America in love with the potential market and China in love with investing in the US and leaving us in their debt.

How far off is our corporate and ratings driven media from this Communist China model?

This is based on NPR and a story in the Friday's New York Times.

Is the Internet making us stupid?

Us of the Internet, including texting, e-mail, instant messaging, scanning for articles, scanning articles, choosing video over print and the ability to shift on a dime and be onto something new is fundamentally changing the way our brains operate.

"Neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered that, even as adults, our brains are very plastic," Carr explains. "They're very malleable, they adapt at the cellular level to whatever we happen to be doing. And so the more time we spend surfing, and skimming, and scanning ... the more adept we become at that mode of thinking." that's according to Nicholas Carr is the author of the Atlantic article Is Google Making Us Stupid? which he has expanded into a book: "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains." 

Online reading lowers out attention spans, our ability to connect complex thoughts over an established case study basis, through complex argumentation and rational or logical progression. We want instant response when that is not how the world or truth function. Patience and the ability to stay to a project are fading.

But this all could be a part of a natural curve of evolution. Carr admits he's something of a fatalist when it comes to technology. He views the advent of the Internet as "not just technological progress but a form of human regress."

In an interview with NPR he says our human ancestors had to stay alert and shift their attention all the time; cavemen who got too wrapped up in their cave paintings just didn't survive. Carr acknowledges that prolonged, solitary thought is not the natural human state, but rather "an aberration in the great sweep of intellectual history that really just emerged with [the] technology of the printed page."
The Internet, Carr laments, simply returns us to our "natural state of distractedness."

Screen Actors Guild Around the Globe

sag boosts influence abroad

More actors sign on to Global Rule One

( is a subscription based service. Scroll below to find out to get a free trial and links to subscription service).

Almost a decade ago, the Screen Actors Guild covered virtually no leading and key supporting roles in shoots outside the United States.

But the union has established a beachhead overseas, in what is being credited to a concerted effort to limit non-union work.
It's been done relatively quietly, at least following a splashy news conference in 2002 led by then-president Melissa Gilbert and Kevin Spacey. The guild touted what it called a Global Rule One initiative, an informational push to its 100,000 members not to violate a key provision of its constitution that bars members from working for producers not signatories to its agreements. Joining them in urging members not to work on non-union contracts were high-profile members like Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Tess Harper, Holly Hunter and Kevin Spacey.

"Our response to this situation should be clear and simple: No SAG contract, no SAG actor," Spacey said in a letter.
SAG estimated in 2002 that 1,200 to 1,500 members regularly work abroad and that 60 features and 160 TV projects released domestically were being shot annually at foreign locations without SAG contracts.

The latest figures show that they have made inroads. In 2009, SAG covered 45 theatrical productions overseas 170 actors, six episodic TV series with 12 actors, and 24 non-episodic TV productions with 56 actors.