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Zimmerman Lawyer to Move ‘ASAP’ Against NBC News (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Saturday’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler. According to Zimmerman attorney James Beasley, the case against NBC News was stayed pending the outcome of the criminal case. Now that’s out of the way, and Beasley is ready to proceed. TVNewser It was on NBC’s Today, regular readers may recall, that a severely out of context spliced clip of Zimmerman was played. A number of NBC News staffers lost their jobs over the edits, and Zimmerman’s legal team subsequently sued. The Atlantic Wire NAACP president Ben Jealous told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his team has been in contact with the attorney general’s office, but he doesn’t expect the Justice Department to act until the end of the any civil suits that result from George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. HuffPost Melissa Harris-Perry shared a very personal response to the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, telling viewers that she felt “relief” at her ultrasound when she found out she was giving birth to a daughter instead of a son. HuffPost Gawker provoked a wide range of reactions after it posted a haunting, graphic image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body on Friday. The site used a huge picture of a screengrab from MSNBC, which fleetingly — and seemingly accidentally — showed Martin’s corpse as an image was being discussed during the Zimmerman trial. Gawker To Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, I’m sorry that I feel compelled to share this photograph. Were I a slave to journalistic norms, I would say that it’s somehow in the public interest to see him there. I would point out Florida’s sunshine laws, and the TV network’s incompetence, and argue the inevitability that this image would’ve gained a wider audience than it has already. The Root And about the whole “this is what happens” bit: Have you been around for the past year? Spent any time on Twitter during the trial? It may come as a surprise, but people get that already. And just about anyone paying attention has shared your “good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead” for a while now. None of it — none of it at all — required a visual.
Posts Tagged ‘J.K. Rowling’
During a recent visit to Los Angeles, director Terry Gilliam took the time to chat with LA Times “Hero Complex” main man Geoff Boucher. The beleaguered filmmaker (who turned 71 last week) was in town for an American Cinematheque sponsored screening of Brazil and his latest project, the Italian-made short The Wholly Family.
Much like Orson Welles, Gilliam has spent a large portion of his career battling Hollywood execs and chasing after film financing. That remains the case today, with his decade-old project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote still languishing and likely never to be finished. But it is all by choice, thanks to a decision made decades ago in the San Fernando Valley:
“Look, the last proper job I had was [in the 1960s] at the Chevrolet assembly plant in Van Nuys. It was the night shift, and when I quit I said I would never work for money again. I believe in the things I make. The fact that God doesn’t want me to make them is beside the point.”
This morning Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling finally revealed what the Pottermore website is all about. Rowling is introducing an interactive online reading experience, which may just revolutionize the way we read. Unlike e-books, which largely emulate the analog experience, the site will experiment with ways to further explore the stories and characters. Rowling has written new material, and will be “sharing additional information I have been hoarding for years about the story.”
Rowling, who has retained the digital rights to her books, will sell the Potter series as e-books exclusively through the site. That means she’s cut out the middle men booksellers, and can do what she likes with pricing. No word on what prices will be yet, but the website itself promises to be free.
The site will open in October, and its success or failure could serve as a baromoter for the future of digital publishing.
Robert Ito has a fun piece over at Salon about the recent Quidditch tournament held in Los Angeles. The Western Cup brought together eleven college teams at Cheviot Hills Park for a weekend of real-life Harry Potter gamesmanship.
The two major reveals of Ito’s piece are: 1) A league-wide absence of reported groin injuries, despite the presence of broomsticks on the field; and, 2) A healthy west coast team player mix of Potter fans and people who could care less about J.K. Rowling. UCLA political science major and Western Cup tournament director Harrison Homel explains:
“I came from a Harry Potter place, but I know a lot of people who didn’t,” he says. “There absolutely are players who haven’t read the books. For some, this is the only Harry Potter-related thing they do. The game is sort of able to bridge that gap between people who otherwise aren’t playing any sports, and people who are very, very active, but maybe aren’t as interested in nerding out about Harry Potter.”
Writing in Salon, the Machinist, aka Farhad Manjoo, gets all het up because J. K. Rowling, “the most well-remunerated writer in history,” dares to assert control over her creations by filing suit to stop Steve Vander Ark’s publication of a Harry Potter lexicon. Here’s the gist:
In her suit, Rowling, arguably the most well-remunerated writer in history, asserts complete and total control over the Harry Potter creative universe — a stance that, if affirmed by the court, would strike a deep blow to the legions of fans who have added immeasurably to her work online. Her attorneys claim that Vander Ark’s book will compete with Rowling’s own planned Potter encyclopedia; the lexicon, they say, is thus nothing more than an attempt to “make millions of dollars off the back of Ms. Rowling’s creativity.”
Manjoo seems to think that Vander Ark, who started a fan site, deserves to cash in on Rowling’s work, because he’s a scholar of Potter. And Rowling is greedy for not letting someone else glom onto her work.
Salon’s readers make all the right points:
The key point in your post, I think, was the part about the fans viewing Rowling as a rather amusing, and perhaps minor, player in their little universe. This is classic fandom.
Not only is he showing his true colors as a fan (“HP doesn’t belong to JK Rowling anymore, it belongs to us” – his words), but he is ruining things for all the other fans of all the other fandoms, by forcing JK to create a precedent.
Farhad Manjoo seems to have a problem with J K Rowling. This is the man who, just before the release of the Deathly Hallows book, wrote that Rowling and her publishers had, in this day and age, no right to be aggrieved at a copy of the book being leaked to the Internet prior to publication date. Manjoo then duly gave his readers pointers to the offending site and leaked some extracts himself.
The Machinist? He’s a tool.
Maxim.com (which has NOTHING to do with Maxim magazine, according to the email pitch) has selected a group of rich women who aren’t paired off, and thus available to anyone.
And facts don’t stand in the way of the masterminds at Maxim.com:
#1 Queen Elizabeth II
Net Worth: $720 million
Source: Blueness of blood
Marital Status: So lonely
Key to her heart: At this point you’d pretty much have to be king of the universe. And British.
She’s not the richest person on this list, but landing the Queen of England would be the greatest single achievement in the history of male gold-digging ever. Let the teabagging begin.
To J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter faithful, what the Times did in reviewing the series’ final installment yesterday — an apparent violation of an industry-wide embargo — was akin to telling a 4-year-old that Santa isn’t real, the Easter Bunny is a creation of Cadbury’s marketing division and your Mom put that dollar under your pillow, retard.
The Times readers, too, were miffed — as evidenced by today’s letters-to-the-editor. Except this one, from a Tricia Lugger of Royal Oak, Michigan:
To the Editor:
I know you’re going to get blasted for “spoiling” the midnight launching of the newest Harry Potter book, but thank you for remembering that The Times is a newspaper and not an advertising engine. While I can appreciate that J. K. Rowling would like total control of who reads her book and when, the news should never allow the owner of content to control the dissemination of discussions.
Kyle Good, a Scholastic spokesperson, has the unenviable task of returning a genie to its bottle. That genie would be the Harry Potter spoilers. Good told FishbowlNY via email: “The Harry Potter fans do not want to find spoilers online and overwhelmingly say they won’t look (A CNN poll found that 95 percent say ‘No, I won’t look.’)”
As launch night swiftly approaches for the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series, Scholastic has accused Deepdiscount.com of the early shipping of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In addition, leaks of pictures contained in the book have found their way onto the internet. Further, eBay is selling the book online a day before the official launch. And reviewers — like Michiko Kakutani in today’s Times — reveal spoilers, and have drawn the ire of J.K. Rowling, but to no avail.
(Scholastic issued a press release yesterday urging fans who got their hands on the book early “to keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st.”)
When asked if Scholastic should appeal to parents, on the off-chance that the kids might fall prey to online temptation, Good responded: “The parents already know. They are avoiding the uploads and so are the kids … it will all boil down to 12:01 AM on July 21 and everyone will get that big book and love it!”
— Ron Mwangaguhunga