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Random media notes

Posted by Christopher Shea  August 3, 2010 09:53 AM

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1.) Sidney Harman, who just bought Newsweek (and who turns 92 tomorrow), has the jargon of a much, much younger man:

"By no means do I have a sense that print media is done," he said. "We are at an inflection point among print, mobile and digital." It is, he added, "not a challenge to an entrepreneur to get on board when the inflection point has passed."

Let's hope he achieves his goals before he reaches that most significant of all human inflection points.

2.) While I plan to read "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food," and while this is a fine review, I'm having a tough time envisioning the fictional film invoked in this paragraph:

[Paul] Greenberg’s accounting of the 2,000-year process of learning to farm sea bass, "one that involved the efforts of ancient Roman fishermen, modern Italian poachers, French and Dutch nutritionists, a Greek marine biologist turned entrepreneur, and an Israeli endocrinologist," reads in parts like the treatment for a Hollywood film, a toga epic in fishy smell-o-vision.

But if "Farming Sea Bass: In 3D" does comes to pass, Roland Emmerich is a natural to helm.


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