Thursday, January 29, 2015

MH 370 Disappearance Officially Declared an Accident


The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors.

Officials say that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people onboard when the Beijing-bound aircraft disappeared on 8 March 2014 are now presumed dead.

The declaration on Thursday should allow compensation payments to relatives of the victims.

In China, some family members refused to accept the official position that the plane was lost.

“They have found nothing,” said Li Jingxin whose brother is missing.

“With nothing found, how can they make any announcement?”

He told the Associated Press news agency that his family would not accept compensation from the airline at this time.

Ten months on, it is clear that the Malaysian government is struggling to rebuild trust with families of the victims.

Many have refused to begin the compensation process, worrying that if they do then officials will stop searching for the plane.

However, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai says the governments of Malaysia, China and Australia remain firmly committed to the ongoing search.

Four vessels are currently searching the seafloor with specialised sonar technology in a remote stretch of ocean where the plane is believed to have ended its flight.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Europe Debt Crisis | 2012

The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal editors and reporters examine the origins of Europe’s debt crisis and why it spread with such ferocity to engulf much of the continent and threaten the entire world.

Marshall McLuhan Audios from Bob Dobbs’ Library

Marshall McLuhan & John Culkin at Fordham, 1967


Young Men’s Hebrew Association, New York City, May 7, 1966

Tony Schwartz Media Lab, 1966-7

Fordham University, 28 June 1966

Museum of Modern Art NYC, 27 June 1966

With Wilfred Watson at Tony Schwartz’s Studio, June 1968

Part 1
Part 2
Tony Schwartz’s Studio, Summer 1968

Tony Schwartz’s Studio, July 1968

Fordham University, 13 November 1967

6 November 1967

Excerpts 1966-68

With Harley Parker and Tony Schwartz, Summer 1968

Fordham University, 18 September 1967

Fordham University, 26 February 1968

Fordham University, March 1968

The Child of the Future

August, 1968

With Harley Parker Discussing Through the Vanishing Point, 4 March 1968

Phone Conversations with Tony Schwartz, January 1968

With Barbara Walters, 29 June 1966

Culture is Our Business, May 1968

Fordham University, 29 April 1968

Fordham University, 20 September 1967

Picnic in Space, 1968

Gutenberg to Batman, 28 April 1966

With Eric McLuhan, Finnegans Wake, 3 August 1969 new

With Tom Brokaw and Edwin Newmann after the Carter-Ford Debate, 24 September 1976 new

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Part 2
With Ralph Baldwin & Tony Schwartz, 1966 new

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

YouTube Creators Interview President Obama After State of the Union Address

What “Youth”? moderator Bob Dobbs recently reached out to the “youth” audience and now the President of the United States is doing the same.


In an essay published on Medium, one of the YouTube creators who interviewed the President, Hank Green, writes that young people are disengaged because “no one is connecting to them in the ways they connect with each other or talking about issues that matter to them from perspectives they can identify with.”

He believes he and his fellow YouTube creators are uniquely suited to communicate with this portion of the electorate, as they have earned the trust of their audiences in a way traditional media has not.

Here’s what Hank Green wrote in Medium:

The middle road had a lot of negativity. CNN intro’d and outro’d every segment with Glozell in a bathtub full of cereal, as did ABC’s morning show. Some positive articles hid their praise inside of how surprised they were that they didn’t have anything nasty to say. Even new media companies like Vice were dismissive:

“Think of it as a teeny-bopper AMA…The interviewers will be GloZell Green, who’s perhaps best known for sitting in a tub full of cereal; a 19-year-old who gives beauty advice named Bethany Mota; and Hank Green, a notorious YouTube ranter whose brother wrote The Fault in Our Stars.”

I may be biased here, but I feel like there’s an actual and honorable goal in all of this. America needs to convince young people that there are good reasons to be civically involved. Millenials are soon to be the biggest hunk of the electorate and, if the mid-terms are any indication, they simply don’t care. And that shouldn’t be surprising since no one is connecting to them in the ways they connect with each other or talking about issues that matter to them from perspectives they can identify with.

What ‘Youth’?

What ‘Youth’?

Part 1
Part 2
13 January 2014

Part 1
Part 2
20 January 2014

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Part 2
27 January 2014

Make Me a German


Germans are the best at football (soccer), they’re the first to go on a holiday, their employment is at highest levels and Germany is a meritorious exporter.

An English journalist family moves to Germany to discover the secret of German “success.”

Bob Marshall,Chris Twomey & Nelson Thall Discuss Marshall McLuhan | 19 November 1984

Broad City | I Heart New York

San Andreas

The Top Ten YouTube Self-Made Millionaires

The Richest

An American meme is that anyone has the opportunity to become president. But who wants that job? In today’s world errybody wants to be a YouTube star because that’s where errybody goes to watch and stream videos.

YouTube has become a legitimate avenue for achieving financial stability and a fan following from the comfort of one’s own home.

With the introduction of revenue sharing from linking advertisements and endorsements to videos, just about anyone has the potential to make money on YouTube. Many people have reached celebrity status with their regular video updates receiving millions of views. These YouTube celebrities have built their own fan bases and have even gone on to release with their own albums and books or, in some cases, star in Hollywood movies. One of the most notable YouTube success stories is that of the Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber – record executives discovered the teen on the video sharing site through his homemade music videos.

Below are YouTube’s 10 biggest stars – according to their number of views and their rankings on socialblade, a statistics site which collates a variety of factors to establish the most influential Youtubers – who went from simply uploading videos in their bedroom to cultivating genuine celebrity status, expanding their blogging habit into fame and fortune.

1. Pewdiepie – $21 million (3 billion + views)

Pewdiepie, also known as Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is a Swedish YouTube vlogger whose videos primarily focus on the realm of video games. He specialises in Let’s Play videos, where he plays through and comments on a range of video games - mainly in the action and horror genres.

2. Smosh – $19.6 million (2.8 billion views)

Smosh is a YouTube comedy duo with Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. Their videos consist of lip-synching to numerous popular songs and show themes.

iON | 24 January 2015


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This completes the iON portion of 24 January 2015

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