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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Beatty, Amargosa Valley and Nevada in a positive toad friendly NPR tale of how a town turned around the endangered status of a rare croaker

The Locals of Beatty, Nev., brought back the Amargosa toad from near extinction and kept the species off the endangered species list.

A small environmental miracle has occurred in Beatty, Nev., a former mining town that sits on the eastern edge of Death Valley between Jackass Flats and Sober Up Gulch. The people of Beatty have helped revive the Amargosa toad, a warty, speckled, palm-sized creature that's unique to the area and, just a few years ago, seemed headed for extinction.
Angel's Ladies, a licensed brothel near Beatty, Nev., is toad-friendly: The swimming pool isn't chemically treated and "we don't bother [the toads]," says Tom Arillaga, who helps maintain the building.
But this is not your typical story of environmental action — the toad owes its comeback to an unlikely coalition that includes ranchers, miners, off-road racers, opponents of big government and the local brothel.

Virtual Story Teller Summit

Hi again Arthur

I sent you an email last week but I hadn't heard back so I wanted to try you again. As a storyteller yourself, I thought that you and the readers of Communication Prof News and Views would be interested in the world's first Virtual Summit on the future of storytelling - The Reinvention Summit. This Future of Storytelling Summit will be taking place online, November 11-22. There are 6 co-creators, 20 partners, 54 producers, and 100s of participants exploring the evolving boundaries and application of narrative. 32 hours of insights and strategies for how storytelling can reinvent the world.

I'd like to offer you a free press pass and a discount coupon to share with your audience. Please find all of the info including banners, logos, videos, and a complimentary downloadable copy of the Storytelling Manifesto on our blogger information page:

This two-week virtual conference has a diverse all-star lineup of speakers and focuses on the power of the narrative to challenge assumptions and identify ways to change the world. If you need more information or would like to interview the founder, Michael Margolis, or any of our speakers, please let me know and I will do my best to make it happen. If you are able to post or tweet, please send me the link so I can share it with the team.

Thanks so much,


Anthony Marques
Reinvention Summit

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LA City Council votes to ban smoking in public spaces

"If you think it's a socialist plot, give up your federal health care"

Boomers go bust? TV rethinks its demos

"You don't want to see such a critical part of the television audience disappear from the currency measures,"

There are, in short, two problems with the existing system: Discrimination against those 55 and older seems especially misguided given the changing nature of aging and media consumption; and young-adult demos that span nearly three decades look hopelessly outdated. What do 18-24 year olds have in common, for heaven's sake, with 45-49 year olds?

The U.S.' midterm elections demonstrated the disproportionate power wielded by voters age 60 and older, who accounted for a third of ballots cast.
One need only turn on the television, though, to watch their influence magically disappear.
In a pattern crafted when the parents of Baby Boomers were young and carried through as the Baby Boomer represented the largest generation in history "reshaping the world", traditional media and advertisers continue to seek after 18 to 35 and to a lesser extent 18 to 49 year old consumers, all but ignoring those over 50.
Last week, NBC presented research to advertisers about a group the network dubbed "AlphaBoomers" -- at age 55-64, the leading edge of the baby-boomer generation. Whatever their clout in other spheres, as TV viewers, they happen to fall beyond the end-of-the-earth bracket of the key 18-49 and 25-54 demographics on which most ad sales are based, and thus have no value to networks.

Tech Tussles: Who pays for 3D TV?

If it catches on, 3D TV could alter the entertainment landscape, spurring change in some areas and bolstering the status quo in others.

Nets disagree on strategy, funding for stereo rollout

For example, widespread stereoscopic television would prod even more movies to go 3D, if only because the film biz feels compelled to make sure the movie-going experience never falls behind the home theater experience. And if TV viewers end up loving 3D at home, can wider adoption of Blu-ray be far behind -- as well as strengthened cable and IPTV services? Plus, there could be a downside for terrestrial broadcasting, which is not a practical way of delivering stereoscopic images. And 3D could also forestall cord-cutting by consumers, since high-quality 3D streaming gobbles up too much bandwidth for over-the-top .
But switching to 3D production isn't cheap. Some networks are balking at picking up the tab. But if the nets won't pay, who will? And why are some networks ready to pony up while others are digging in their heels?
In the story excerpted above, Variety looks deeper into if, how and why 3D may or may not take off and who will pay for it. Many top industry players, including FOX, say "not I".

Josh Dufort RIP

for those who knew him...Josh Dufort died last night. While still under investigation, it appears he was killed in a car accident. He will definitely be missed. He was a cool guy and a good actor.

Messages keep coming in from all those at Casting Call Entertainment, the local film and theater community and all those Josh touched in his too short life.

International Day At CSN November 17

Visit the world without leaving CSN Nov. 17 on the West Charleston campus in Building D Lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the International Education Week Ambassador Day. All students, faculty and staff are invited to travel from booth to booth to learn about other cultures. Get your "passport" stamped at each country visited and enjoy free food from around the world.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:30pm
West Charleston Campus, Building D Lo