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To answer your question about 'what Twitter is' - it seems to be a very clever marketing tool for some; a spammers paradise; or for the not so savvy another means of boring updates. Think it has far more interesting possibilities than FaceBook as it's easy to follow organizations, journals, music companies etc etc on what they are doing.
That said, some newspapers do no more than some blogs and that is, offer not much more than a marketing appraisal - a good read, or a not so worthy read. Reviewing is a middle of the road approach to reaching the general public, to hopefully inspire some intelligent debate or thoughts that ultimately help the sale of books. Some previewing masquerades as reviewing, which is not helpful for debate but it is helpful for marketing.
Literary criticism generally, is found lurking nowhere near the sports pages and attempts an insightful, academic look at a book. With The Australian, I have noticed a decided rise in postmodern framework as the rationale in criticism. Sometimes, this is cloying because there can be biases that just overlook the basic aspects of book as entertainment, book as Art, but book as justifier of current fashions in postmodernism. I’m in the same position with a book review for an academic journal now – I feel like I’m checking off, Queer Theory (done), Post-Colonialism (done), psycho-analytic theory (done – cursory from reading Wikipedia) etc., etc., To me this is truly dismal. It is as if the qualities of imagination cannot be freed from pre-conceived frameworks which were supposed to free the critic from subjective appraisal.
Returning to the self made blog, the main advantage of print form is the still incontrovertible fact that print, whether, preview marketing, review or criticism still holds the advantage of a misconceived sense of authority. The blog – no matter how genuinely more adventurous and thoughtful in the best of hands – is still viewed by many with great suspicion. Certainly this is my experience from tutoring older post-grad writers.
It’s a great subject to explore but I don’t think that there are any real answers as yet.
What I find inexcusable, is the mother willingly subjecting her child to public humiliation. What sort of conscience do the producers and ultimately all complicit in such acts, have? I don't know how we teach civic responsibility and reciprocal rights when we let (tolerate) celebrity driven media create a culture of Colosseum sport out of the vulnerable.
Also Stanley Kubrick declared that his nudes were not obscene (weird, maybe). In The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut nudes are often present tableau vivant - his little joke obviously.
As for posters, just probably a part of cinematic trope that has persisted.
Cephalopods Might Fly (Emily Rodda)
The [Mysterious Incident of the] Regurgitated Shoes of the Calamari Fisherman (Morris West)
On the last point about filming the disabled, it might go down to whether it's informed consent. I have a son who is Asperger's and is totally hilarious, he knows he's quirky, disorganized and he doesn't see himself as disabled - nor is he. I taunt him about the fact his room looks like Bernard Black's shop in Black Books - he thinks it's great. I also have a younger daughter who is passive Autistic and has an intellectual disability. She would never understand the idea of self-mockery and thus her dignity would be very much assailed by those knowing better. So what is endearing banter with my son, would be cruelty to her.
The question may not be about right and left politics but about what or why something is or is not ethical - that's philosophy.