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Best line in that article: "But if neither Beryl Bainbridge nor Martin Amis can win the Booker Prize, what chance does a machine really have?"
Fingers crossed, the inevitable horde of authorbots won't have any interest in winning it, and will instead write some good books.
When he came in as Disney CEO he shut down their central strategic planning decision and devolved a lot of decision-making power to the individual business units so he clearly believes his role is to let the creative visionaries have their heads and make sure the business infrastructure there is to support them (particularly with outfits like Pixar and Marvel and Lucasfilm which have distinctive creative voices). Letting other people do the creative thing whilst he addresses the business side of things is entirely consistent with what he's about. If anything, it'd be more disturbing if he suddenly decided he was a creative visionary and started outlining bold new plans for the Star Wars universe.
I wasn't thinking this was likely to hurt Iger's bottom line, I was just a little surprised and bemused he apparently doesn't mind coming across sounding like a stuffed shirt.
Translation: People like Disney.
That statement would probably go over big with business partners and shareholders, but people who view Star Wars primarily as a source of entertainment?
Why would a press release geared to the former go out of its way to address the latter? I'm fairly sure the language surrounding the Marvel buyout was similarly dry but that didn't seem to hurt The Avengers.
Yeesh, that quote from Disney CEO Robert A. Iger is unfortunate. When he says stuff like "Disney's unique and unparalleled ability to leverage creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value," he combines the money-grubbing CEO stereotype, and talks-only-overly-technical-faintly-Orwellian-double-speak CEO stereotype in one neat little package. That statement would probably go over big with business partners and shareholders, but people who view Star Wars primarily as a source of entertainment?
@Jamie: I won't be impressed until they can post passive-aggressive responses to negative reviews on their blogs and/or launch into hissy fits in the reviews' comments' section, explaining how the reviewer totally doesn't understand how deep and innovative their work is, and how could a mere fleshbag hope to recognize their true genius, anyway?
On a tangential note, first they acquire Marvel, and now Lucasfilm; is it just me, or is Disney making a habit of swallowing other hugely successful entertainment companies lately?
Incidentally, that sale netted him an estimated US$4.05 billion. To put that number in perspective, it's more than you and every generation of your family from the foundation of Çatalhöyük to the present day has ever made, combined.
Well, I dunno about the "at gunpoint" bit, but he looks like a beaten-down and destroyed man in this photo.
Incidentally - I did enjoy this article about Peter Molyneux and his Twitter parody. Although it's kind of ... symptomatic of all the problems with Molyneux himself , it's weirdly endearing.
"Molyneux had to admire @PeterMolydeux’s creativity. The updates were like messages from his younger self, reminding him of the excitement and energy he used to feel when he was building something the world had never seen before. Those tweets formed a chorus with the niggling voice inside his own head urging him to take just one more shot, to try one last time to make a game that could live up to his mad visions."
"What if you played a parody of yourself tweeting from the future ... or the past."
Just finished Railsea - probably my favorite Mieville, after being bored by Un Lun Dun, intrigued but utlimately infuriated and completely let down by Kracken, and trying to figure out if I'd actually like Bas Lag enough to start it. Perhaps it's because it's playing one of my favorite games - retelling stories WITH RANDOM STUFF - in this case, Moby Dick WITH TRAINS (and giant moles). Which is actually hilarious as it is, since I have deliberately avoided reading Moby Dick - but Mieville keeps things going without quoting fictional mole-hunting guidebooks, and throws in tons of awesome train-worldbuilding, pulp/classic adventure novel references and takeoffs, and actually manages to get some emotion into his characters that I managed to buy.
Anyone else read it?
My response to your analysis (very nicely done, by the way - it's rather frustrating that there's such a dearth of actually critical but appreciative commentary on the series - most of it is faily flailing, either positively or negatively, which doesn't do justice to both the series' major strengths or its weaknesses).
1) There isn't a need for it - but I think this is a great experiment with the kind of storytelling first seen in the initially exciting but ultimately incredibly stupid and spinoff crazy lonelygirl15. The Pride and Prejudice aspect is a great way to market it - it's what got me interested, certainly.
2) I think that if you think of it as a Pride and Prejudice adaptation then yes, a vlog is not the best way to do it. But if you think of it as an experiment in telling stories through the vlog format, then it makes a lot more sense.
3) It is really quite fun.
I think that the conceit of "realism" is definitely one of the weaknesses - I'm not a regular vlogger, and I don't actually watch that many of them, but I know that almost all vloggers (and bloggers, and podcasters) would never ever let things as emotionally damaging as several of the LBD episodes past the editing stage. But without those episodes, the story falls apart, or loses all resonance. But I don't really mind that - it calls to mind the whole "Dr. Watson is the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories" issue - something that really doesn't work if you try to match dates and publication information and such, but it provides important context and framing for the stories, as well as the supposed reason for being of the stories themselves.
I also really like their Lizzie, Jane, Charlotte, and even Lydia has grown quite a bit on me.