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The Week In Context: SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2016

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WEEK

 Must reads of the week

CLOUD AND FIELD

A really fascinating longform piece about the “fetishisation of ethnography” and the democratisation of it too. However, this researcher finds the information cloud and the proliferation of data all too foggy, nebulous and dehumanising.

HOW THE LANGUAGE OF JAMAICA BECAME MAINSTREAM

Eternity Martis
Fader
“Patois is more than just an island ting: it’s a language holding Jamaicans around the world together.” The article explores the Jamaican patois in the context of music and its consequence of popularising the use of creole, even in non-Caribbean communities. The writer suggests it deserves a little more respect.

 

THE RACE TO SAVE THE FILMS WE LOVE

“What happens to an art when its foundational medium disappears?… If you care about movies, you should be wondering.” A really interesting piece that considers a future where digital entirely swallows film, and looks at preservationists’ battle to prevent that possible reality.

 

GLOBAL CINEMATIC CITIES

Mediapolis

A series of discussions about the connection between cities and cinema from the scholarly contributors of a new book on the topic. Four entries thus far discuss the declining importance of cinemas themselves in cities and in particular on film’s contribution to the effect of globalisation.

HOT TOPIC

HEROISM

This week we take a topic of heroism and those that go beyond their expectations to recommend pieces of what are for the most part inspiring and well-written feel-good stories. In particular, Seattle's stolen bike vigilante and Edward Snowden show the archetype of the altruistic hero who stumbled upon doing 'good' (in the Snowden example that's more nuanced) without personal gain. 

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERHERO WHO BEATS THE COPS TO BIKE THIEVES

A super feel-good story, written with vigour, about a vigilante in Seattle who rescues stolen bikes by cross-checking online entries for bikes for sale against an index for stolen bikes and then confronts the sellers with an ultimatum: Wait for the police or return the bike to me. Then returning it to its owner.

ONCE A BUCKNELL PROFESSOR, NOW A COMMANDER IN AN ETHIOPIAN REBEL ARMY

There's been tons of good longform in the past week or so, and this one from the excellent veteran writer, Joshua Hammer continues that trend. It profiles Berhanu Nega, economics professor, Addis Ababa mayor, imprisoned activist and commander of a rebel army.

EDWARD SNOWDEN'S LONG, STRANGE JOURNEY TO HOLLYWOOD

It’s a classic Hollywood tale of a little man sticking it to the man, this man being the U.S. government. Edward Snowden’s heroism or villainy splits opinion in the U.S. and abroad as he holes himself up in Russia fearful of reprise. This article goes behind the scenes on Oliver Stone’s new film about him.

CAN A CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER BE AN ACTION HERO? MARVEL THINKS SO

Equipped with boxing gloves, firm thighs and enviable knowledge of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an appearance in the latest Marvel Comic. The author on Canada’s previous PM, Stephen Harper: “His only superpower, as far as I know, is awkwardly playing Beatles medleys on piano.”

MOST POPULAR

A few of the most popular recommendations on Cureditor this week.

WOMEN AND FILM
Jump Cut

Jump Cut have scanned and published PDFs of the 1970s film periodical, Women and Film. Inside, some super pieces on independent women’s cinema, perspectives on feminist film and film criticism, reviews and much more.


 

WATCH: THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION

A nice visual index of stop-motion films over a 116-year period, from short silent films at the turn of the twentieth century to Kaufman’s Anomalisa, and the newly released Kubo and the Two Strings. No particular message here, just a compilation of great artistry.


 

THE REAL-LIFE SUPERHERO WHO BEATS THE COPS TO BIKE THIEVES

A super feel-good story, written with vigour, about a vigilante in Seattle who rescues stolen bikes by cross-checking online entries for bikes for sale against an index for stolen bikes and then confronts the sellers with an ultimatum: Wait for the police or return the bike to me. Then returning it to its owner.


 

HOW CYPRESS HILL MADE MARIJUANA MAINSTREAM

“I will forever believe for the rest of my life that cannabis is actually something that is positive for the earth.” An interview with Sen Dog, member of Cypress Hill, who used their lyrics to educate and campaign for legal marijuana use in America.

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