Locating place and memory in Japan

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Many of the sights and sounds in this short doc resonate with Pacific locations I have visited. What beauty!

Minka, A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.


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on family in the new America

  1. Status hierarchies on OKC: White males are receiving a majority of the male attention. Indian women followed by Hispanic women received the greatest attention among women. And they did find that women with degrees higher than a B.A. are penalized, receiving less attention. Matching is substantial for the following: for religion (among atheists, catholics, and jews), occasional drug use, virgos, clerical workers, pet owners, lengthy profiles. 
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on family in the new America

American Couples Get “More Selective”

U.S. couples living together and getting choosier about their prospective spouses is leading more people to delay marriage. Almost 47 percent of women from 25 to 29 had never been married in 2009, almost double the 26 percent reported in 1986, according to a Census Bureau report released today.
A majority of married couples don’t last anywho.
September 23, 2011
Married Couples Are No Longer a Majority, Census Finds

WASHINGTON – Married couples have dropped below half of all American households for the first time, the Census Bureau says, a milestone in the evolution of the American family toward less traditional forms. Married couples represented just 48 percent of American households in 2010, according to data being made public Thursday and analyzed by the Brookings Institution.
Three-Generation Households Are Making a Comeback

Bloomberg News has a report out today saying grandparent, parent, and child are all living in the same home at a higher rate than they have in years. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are nearly 5.1 million multigenerational homes–households where three or more generations live under the same roof–in the United States.
Ukrainian women|Survey of Couples Who Use International Marriage Service Shows the Majority are Married an…
September 27, 2011
Is marriage for white people?

Over the past century, the institution of marriage has undergone a tremendous transformation in America – especially when it comes to African-Americans. Over the last half century, marriage rates in the black community have dwindled.
Northwest Herald | Census data shows rise in homes with several generations

By Christopher Palmeri and Frank Bass – Bloomberg News Created: Monday, September 5, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT NORWALK, Calif. – When advertising executive John Gallegos wanted to promote a new package of Spanish-language channels for client Comcast, he put together a spot featuring the fictional Gutierrez clan gathered around TV sets in their home.

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Are you the audience or the public?

How do we engage with audiences as media-makers? This has been front of mind during the last few months as I’ve worked to make sense of how to keep working with audio amidst a bad economy and amidst a shrinking media scape. Three MIT Media Center theses in the past ten years have dealt with this subject. Following is an excerpt from the 2005 thesis by Joellen Easton, High Interactivity Radio, How the Majority Report, Sean Hannity and Talk of the Nation are using the internet to build community. Not only does she address the subject, but, she does so by introducing the entire topic with the seminal FDR fireside chats. Brilliant. 

This construction of the ‘audience’ is opaque in that audience members are not identifiable as individuals: they have little agency and are not aware of fellow members other than as an ‘imagined community’ (Anderson 1991) of fellow listeners/viewers/readers...David Ryfe (2001) writes about an early example of the opacity of an audience becoming more transparent – he analyzed several hundred letters written to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to his ‘fireside chats’ over the course of 12 years.

Letter-writers expressed their representation of public opinion in two ways.  On the one hand, they conceived of their letters as adding to the sum total of the actual opinions of many individuals: ‘I feel I must add my voice to the chorus of praises…’, ‘I wish to add my appreciation to the many like expressions…’, ‘May I add a word of appreciation and congratulation to those of the other hundreds of thousands…’ ….  The rhetorical basis of such letters is their empirical accumulation.  Alone, a single congratulation for a radio message is not likely to be very meaningful.  Included with the praise of thousands, however, such letters gain rhetorical force.  They are powerful precisely because they are part of a mass opinion  (777). 

Ryfe has here located an audience acting together, not just being labeled together.  Each person wrote about their individual and unique response to Roosevelt’s chats, but in so doing added their “voice to the chorus.”  By forming a self-motivated chorus of response, the audience acted as something else: a public.  Daniel Dayan (2005) locates the difference between an audience and a public as being “not a matter of numbers.  A public is not simply a spectator in the plural, a sum of spectators, an addition.  It is a coherent entity whose nature is collective; an ensemble characterised by shared sociability, shared identity and a sense of that identity” (42).

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“Whenever you are faced with a choice between liberty and security, choose liberty or you will end up with neither.” B. Franklin

At times the more I ruminate the farther I move from a decision. And whilst liberty is a good measure to strive for, it’s not a guaranteed best case scenario. Here I think of Tolstoy’s Anna, who chose liberty, yet was so fixated on the choice that she drove herself mad. I prefer: whenever you are faced with a choice between liberty and security, choose liberty and forget about it at the ocean.