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Obambie!

Like a top-notch ghetto nerd, Chauncey DeVega at weareresponsiblenegroes.com uses the Wilson yell to speculate on Obama’s zombie status, the coming zomb-pacalypse, etc.

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The end of television

At least for us at Chez 5th Ave.

The June 12 transition to digital has arrived. We're currently just a little too cheap for basic cable, have no box for our older set, and I haven't worked out the d-settings for our newer tube. So we're cut off. It's undeniably just a little startling for a couple kids brought up with TV as a central part of the home.

Although neither of us found that TV ate into family time to a debilitating effect, I definitely remember my dad regularly stopping the flow of a talk/argument in the den as his eyes would wander over my shoulder to the screen. He'd point to the screen, say "Let's watch," and that would be that. To be fair, he tended towards substantive fare, mostly news and docs–my parents loved to tut-tut in time to the stopwatch on 60 Minutes. Thank goodness we weren't brought up on the addictive "reality" genre.

Of course, the advent of The Network has assured that the end of television is neither about the end of televised content, nor the end of interacting with the screen. Nor is it the end of "far sight," the phrase to which the compound of the Greek tele and the Latin visio translates.

For all his occasionally annoying pretensions, Genesis P-Orridge generally had it right on this. I think it was in RE/Search #4/5 (during the early '80s) that he talked about media-makers transcending television's strictures. Of course, if anything, the post-television age is about more access to more diverse and interesting televisual content, more access to production and media, and fewer commercials and broadcast time strictures.

Bye-bye, TV. Your history is fascinating, but you're done.
 

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At the Nuke

Harry Allen points out that a photographer has been let inside a nuclear power plant 200 miles south of Moscow, 23 years after Chernobyl.

Man, these people are like, "Worst-ever nuke disaster? 400 times more fallout than Hiroshima? Whatever–we need POWER."

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Black Britain on the Obama win

This past week, UK Black–BBC Radio’s weekly podcast roundup of its African and Carribean community talk programming–played a bunch of reactions to Obama’s election, including voices of expats in both countries.

DL & check it out here, it’s pretty fascinating, as is the podcast in general.

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Is Ahmadinejad Iran’s McCain?


Could be.

Nazila Fathi at the International Herald Tribune reports conservative unrest surrounding the congrats/outreach letter that the Iranian prez sent to Prez-elect Obama on his win. But as it looks like a moderate opponent like Mohammed Khatami might profit from that kind of infighting, they signal a desire to resettle behind their candidate.

Combine that kind of dynamic with Ahmadinejad’s more rural popularity and the political damage from an economy damaged by his hostility towards the rest of the world, and you start to approach a tempting analogy.

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The Arab Center

At dinner the other day, my good friend’s dad (a lawyer who was on George Carlin’s team during the “7 Dirty Words” trial) told me about his new buddy in NW D.C., Marwan Muasher, who settled up in Joe Wilson & Valerie Plame’s old house.

Among other things, Muasher is the author of The Arab Center, a book about the past and future of moderation and pragmatism in the Arab world. I gotta pick that up and have a read. Here’s Muasher with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star, talking about the Mideast on Charlie Rose this past summer.

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Obama: The Big Picture

The Boston Globe’s site puts together one of the most striking group of photos we’ve seen yet about one of the events of this generation.

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