Yearly Archives: 2010

Creativity & Collaboration in the Academy

Last week, the Lear Center hosted an exhilarating event about changing the nature of the academy and how it does research. Sponsored by Randy Hall, the Vice President of Research at USC, the event brought together a breathtaking array of scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum – many of whom are… More

Good as Gold?

Norman Lear, whose TV screen cred goes back to the beginning of the medium as well as encompassing his own landmark shows, has said on more than one occasion he believes the Golden Age of television is right now, not during the heyday of his shows All in the Family and Maude nor… More

On my recent L.A.-bound vacation, I took the time to check out a Web site I’d had my eye on for months:, a supremely cool, online collaborative media-making venture started by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It seems to have reached a happy and coherent critical mass lately (I was a… More

It’s the Pictures that Got Small

At the second annual Producer Guild’s “Produced By” conference last month, veteran television and movie producer Marshall Herskovitz expressed deep concern that the headlong push of content to every new platform by media conglomerates could end up reducing the value of that content and cheapen the audience experience. Days later,… More

The Social Media Bridge

Social media is demolishing the layers of barriers between the fans and the famous. In my parents’ generation, if you wanted to contact your favorite celebrity, you joined the fan club, paid the dues and maybe got an autographed picture in the mail months later. When I was a teenager,… More

Where Smart Isn’t Boring

When it turns out that the guy sitting behind you at an event is an astronaut who just came back from outer space you get kind of pumped about the event. The gal beside me was a social worker who counsels soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The fellow in… More

Local News in Earthquake Country

  Ask any reporter – earthquakes are great for the news business. Gut-wrenching visuals accompany heroic and tragic tales about survivors and victims alike, and the aftermath stories can go on for months. Earthquakes are inherently dramatic, demonstrating as they do the pent up power of a planet we ceaselessly… More