Today’s Top AJBlog posts 12/23/13

Detroit Diatribe: My NPR Commentary Tomorrow on the Art Institute’s Predicament Source: Culturegrrl | Published on 2013-12-24 French music director quits after one term Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2013-12-23 TT: Ten books that have stayed with me Source: About Last Night | Published on 2013-12-23

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New York New Super-Towers – Time To Rethink The Skyline?

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“The buildings are stirring some populist fury and prompting an argument: Do we need more public oversight when it comes to the city’s stratospheric architecture? Are we selling off our skyline to the plutocrats? Or are those who occupy these spaces serving up much needed tax revenue to the city?”

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How Syria’s Government Is Using Facebook As A Weapon Against Its People

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“For the last two years cyberwarriors loyal to Bashar al-Assad have made cyberspace a second front in the Syrian conflict. For nearly as long, Marquis-Boire and his colleagues Eva Galperin and John Scott-­Railton have been tracking and analyzing the arsenal of computer malware used against the Syrian opposition, journalists and NGOs.”

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The Problem With Reality TV? Um…

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“The particular problem for the TV industry is that it’s trying to profit off the same cultural tensions it’s exploiting. That inevitably leads to problems such as the current one engulfing Duck Dynasty.”

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Anthony Radich: We Need To Reinvent State Arts Agencies

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“The largely grantmaking-driven state arts agencies simply are not structured to excel in today’s environment. This is primarily the case because the grantmaking function in the states as currently practiced requires an ever-expanding flow of funds to operate successfully in the long term.”

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Making Fewer Films – And More Money

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“Profitability is the new mantra. The film business is now in survival mode, as changed viewing habits, a long decline in home entertainment sales, and fresh competition for viewers in rich foreign film markets like China take their toll.”

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