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The Decline Of HBO (Worst Emmys Outing Since 1996)

On Wednesday, HBO, as well as its accompanying streaming service Max, earned 91 Emmy nominations, down from its massive haul last year (127), and trailing both Netflix (107) and FX (93) this year. - The New York Times

Taxonomy Is Our Superpower (And It’s In Dire Shape)

Taxonomy, the science of naming and classifying organisms, is the foundation for conserving disappearing plants and animals. Yet the field — often viewed as an archaic, dusty tradition that harks back to intrepid 19th-century botanists describing the plants of newly colonized lands — is dying. - The New York Times

New JFK Terminal Is Stuffed With Art

The $4.2 billion facility in Queens will showcase the largest number of works of any New York airport by major figures from the United States. - The New York Times

Country Music Is Hot Again (And Fans Are In Charge)

Across the musical universe, country is cool again. This year, for the first time, the country festival Stagecoach sold out before its better-known mainstream counterpart, Coachella. - The Wall Street Journal

“The Bear” Leads With Record Number Of Emmy Nominations

“The Bear,” about chefs under pressure at a Chicago restaurant, set a new record for nominations in a single year for a comedy. It has 23 nominations, beating out the previous record holder “30 Rock,” which had 22 nominations in 2009. - The Wall Street Journal

How The Sports Novel Reached Adulthood

"For much of its history, the Western sports novel had been the stuff of inspirational boys’ tales, full of moral instruction and can’t-lose heroes. … But the twenty-first century, and specifically the past decade, have served as an even richer terrain for the literature of athletics." - Esquire

Australian Media Say Catastrophe If Meta Removes News Links From Facebook

Meta has threatened to remove all news from Facebook in Australia if it is “designated” under the world-first News Media Bargaining Code, which has the power to force digital platforms to pay for the use of news on their platforms. - Press-Gazette

One Of San Francisco’s Coolest Theaters Is Closing Its Doors

Cutting Ball Theater plans to cease operations at the end of 2024. In its 25 years, Cutting Ball has mounted a Strindberg marathon, a staged documentary about its Tenderloin neighbors, Gertrude Stein and Suzan Lori-Parks on the same bill, and … classics audiences couldn’t see anywhere else. - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Academic Publishing Is A Rip Off. We Need Reform

The annual revenues of the “big five” commercial publishers – Elsevier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, and SAGE – are each in the billions, and some have staggering profit margins approaching 40%, surpassing even the likes of Google. - The Guardian

The “Yoda-Like Guru” Of Tap Dance

The youngsters who studied with Gene Medler at the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble remain devoted to him and his teaching methods for years after they graduate, and among his alums is Michelle Dorrance. One key is Medler's "student mind-set": he didn't start learning tap until age 27. - The New York Times

Why Silicon Valley Is Exploring Guaranteed Income

It is a critical moment for guaranteed income, which has been touted by the OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman, the Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, the Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and others. - The New York Times

MOCA In L.A. Launches New $100,000 ‘Environment And Art’ Prize

"Called the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Environment and Art Prize, the (biennial) award, which comes with $100,000, will go to an artist whose practice 'address(es) critical intersections in art, architecture, design, climate, conservation, sustainability, and environmental justice.'" - ARTnews

Librarians Cull Books All The Time. How Do They Decide What Goes?

With public libraries mandated to support literacy, recreational reading, and free access to information, today’s librarians make decisions about removing books amid competing pressures on their spaces and budgets. - The Conversation

Eat Your Heart Out, Jersey City: Centre Pompidou Málaga Will Remain Open For Ten More Years

"Debuting as a pop-up along the (Spanish) city’s waterfront in 2015, the 65,000-square-foot museum is notable for the brightly hued glass cube created by French artist Daniel Buren that crowns its subterranean structure. The satellite drew 200,000 visitors in its first year of operation … and more than a million (since)." - Artforum

Pete Wells, New York Times’s Most Entertaining Restaurant Critic Ever, Is Moving On

"A funny thing happened when I got to the end of all that eating: I realized I wasn’t hungry. I’m still not, at least not the way I used to be. And so … I’ve decided to bow out as gracefully as my state of technical obesity will allow." - The New York Times

Minority-Led Arts Groups In Chicago Are Getting More Money From Donors

"Major arts donors nearly doubled their funding to Chicago groups with diverse leaders and audiences over the past three years, but the authors of a new report worry that support is eroding. Historically, Chicago’s (BIPOC) arts organizations received significantly lower foundational support than majority white organizations." - WBEZ (Chicago)

After Public Radio’s WAMU Closed DCist, Laid-Off Journalists Start New DC News Site

"They are calling it The 51st — a nod to the District’s lack of statehood — and say it will deliver hyperlocal news relevant to District residents. Initially, their coverage will focus on topics such as the cost of living in D.C., how to navigate city services, (and) accountability reporting." - The Washington Post (MSN)

The Message Of Footwear: Jonathon Heyward, The “Converse Conductor”

Wearing sneakers onstage (and a Nehru jacket rather than a tux) is just one of numerous steps which the new Baltimore Symphony music director is taking to show ordinary folks that classical music does not have to be stuffy and intimidating. - The New York Times

Mounties Seize 138 Pounds Of Cocaine Hidden In Grand Piano

Quebec RCMP say they seized 62.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the walls of a grand piano during searches in the Lanaudière and Sherbrooke areas following a tip from US Homeland Security. Four suspects have been arrested. - Canadian Press (Yahoo!)

Philadelphia Museum of Art Faces Yet Another Labor Dispute

"The museum workers’ union says management is violating their contract by not allowing employees to work from home up to two days a week if they previously had permission to do so. … A grievance about the issue was lodged in February and (should) go to arbitration soon." - The Philadelphia Inquirer (MSN)

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Why Silicon Valley Is Exploring Guaranteed Income

It is a critical moment for guaranteed income, which has been touted by the OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman, the Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, the Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and others. - The New York Times

Climate Change, Pandemics… We Face Global Threats. Our National Governments Aren’t Equipped

This basic mismatch between the scale of the problem and the scale of possible solutions is a source of many of today’s failures of global governance. Nation-states and the global governance institutions they have formed simply aren’t fit for the task of managing things. - Aeon

A Neurocognitive Ability Scientists Are Linking To Creativity

By examining how creative people process salient information, the researchers aimed to uncover a fundamental mechanism that could explain the unique attentional patterns observed in creative individuals. - Psypost

Look, Social Media Is Nothing Like Cigarettes

“Tobacco is clearly and definitively harmful. The research on social media is more ambiguous and complicated. While some youth are harmed by it … others benefit from or even thrive on it.”  - Slate (MSN)

As When Harry Met Sally Turns 35, Here Are Some Questions We Have About The Iconic Flick

Some things are similar. For instance, like a lot of us, "Harry and Sally are a pair of lonely people who got their hearts broken by people they fell in love with before they really got to know them.” But can straight men and straight women really be just friends? - Salon

Britain Might Be In Line For A Full Cultural Reboot

The Arts Council England chair has a five-point plan, and he thinks now, with the new government, is the time to realize it. - The Observer (UK)

Taxonomy Is Our Superpower (And It’s In Dire Shape)

Taxonomy, the science of naming and classifying organisms, is the foundation for conserving disappearing plants and animals. Yet the field — often viewed as an archaic, dusty tradition that harks back to intrepid 19th-century botanists describing the plants of newly colonized lands — is dying. - The New York Times

Minority-Led Arts Groups In Chicago Are Getting More Money From Donors

"Major arts donors nearly doubled their funding to Chicago groups with diverse leaders and audiences over the past three years, but the authors of a new report worry that support is eroding. Historically, Chicago’s (BIPOC) arts organizations received significantly lower foundational support than majority white organizations." - WBEZ (Chicago)

Nicholas Serota’s Plan For The UK Arts Sector In The New Era

The plan includes putting culture and creativity at "the heart of education" and advocating "for the role culture can play in local renewal", as well as strengthening freedom of expression among creatives. - The Stage

Madrid Tries Luring Folks To Spend Scorching Summer Afternoons At Air-Conditioned Arts Venues

"The new programme, called Refúgiate en la cultura (Take Shelter in Culture), offers free flamenco shows – in the Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, and the Royal Collections Gallery – as well as free comic monologues in libraries and discounted cinema tickets for screenings before 5pm." - The Guardian

The Case Against Historians Weighing In On Current Affairs

"I’ve been writing for years in opposition to professional historians pressing—on the public, on the media, on politicians and judges—a sense of the hyperurgent political relevance of certain facts and narratives drawn from the historians’ own scholarship." - Slate (MSN)

How The Prosecution Lost That Alec Baldwin Case So Very Badly

“A high-pressure trial against a movie star turned into an interrogation of the prosecution’s conduct. And it came after a series of missteps by different teams of prosecutors left Mr. Baldwin in legal limbo for more than two years.” - The New York Times

Country Music Is Hot Again (And Fans Are In Charge)

Across the musical universe, country is cool again. This year, for the first time, the country festival Stagecoach sold out before its better-known mainstream counterpart, Coachella. - The Wall Street Journal

The Message Of Footwear: Jonathon Heyward, The “Converse Conductor”

Wearing sneakers onstage (and a Nehru jacket rather than a tux) is just one of numerous steps which the new Baltimore Symphony music director is taking to show ordinary folks that classical music does not have to be stuffy and intimidating. - The New York Times

Mounties Seize 138 Pounds Of Cocaine Hidden In Grand Piano

Quebec RCMP say they seized 62.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the walls of a grand piano during searches in the Lanaudière and Sherbrooke areas following a tip from US Homeland Security. Four suspects have been arrested. - Canadian Press (Yahoo!)

Amid Financial And Leadership Woes, San Francisco Symphony Considers Cutting Its Chorus

Dozens of San Francisco Symphony Chorus members say leadership has proposed slashing their budget by up to 80%, a move they believe could further tarnish the institution’s reputation. - San Francisco Chronicle

Major Recording Labels Sue Verizon For Not Banishing Pirates

Verizon "knowingly provides its high-speed service to a massive community of online pirates," said the complaint filed in US District Court for the Southern District of New York. - Ars Technica

Does Music Lose Its Power When It’s Too Easy To Make, Too Easy To Listen To?

Music being too easy to make means too much of the same music is made, “making it harder to find really exceptional things.” Because of the creative dependency there’s likely not much exceptional to listen to, anyway. - 3 Quarks Daily

New JFK Terminal Is Stuffed With Art

The $4.2 billion facility in Queens will showcase the largest number of works of any New York airport by major figures from the United States. - The New York Times

MOCA In L.A. Launches New $100,000 ‘Environment And Art’ Prize

"Called the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Environment and Art Prize, the (biennial) award, which comes with $100,000, will go to an artist whose practice 'address(es) critical intersections in art, architecture, design, climate, conservation, sustainability, and environmental justice.'" - ARTnews

Eat Your Heart Out, Jersey City: Centre Pompidou Málaga Will Remain Open For Ten More Years

"Debuting as a pop-up along the (Spanish) city’s waterfront in 2015, the 65,000-square-foot museum is notable for the brightly hued glass cube created by French artist Daniel Buren that crowns its subterranean structure. The satellite drew 200,000 visitors in its first year of operation … and more than a million (since)." - Artforum

Philadelphia Museum of Art Faces Yet Another Labor Dispute

"The museum workers’ union says management is violating their contract by not allowing employees to work from home up to two days a week if they previously had permission to do so. … A grievance about the issue was lodged in February and (should) go to arbitration soon." - The Philadelphia Inquirer (MSN)

How Lonnie Bunch Has Transformed The Smithsonian

Initiatives such as an ethical returns policy that restored twenty-nine looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria—shifting the global conversation around restitution—and a more recent effort, spurred by a Washington Post investigation, to reckon with the scientific racism behind the Smithsonian’s collection of human remains. - The New Yorker

What A Long Overdue Kaethe Kollwitz Show Says About MoMA’s Expanded Vision

Charting its way through changing times, MoMA is building out how it tells that history in the 21st Century, increasingly embracing women, African-American artists and others who have gone under-recognized in its narrative. - The Forward

How The Sports Novel Reached Adulthood

"For much of its history, the Western sports novel had been the stuff of inspirational boys’ tales, full of moral instruction and can’t-lose heroes. … But the twenty-first century, and specifically the past decade, have served as an even richer terrain for the literature of athletics." - Esquire

Academic Publishing Is A Rip Off. We Need Reform

The annual revenues of the “big five” commercial publishers – Elsevier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, and SAGE – are each in the billions, and some have staggering profit margins approaching 40%, surpassing even the likes of Google. - The Guardian

Librarians Cull Books All The Time. How Do They Decide What Goes?

With public libraries mandated to support literacy, recreational reading, and free access to information, today’s librarians make decisions about removing books amid competing pressures on their spaces and budgets. - The Conversation

German Media Giant Axel Springer, Owner Of Politico And Business Insider, Considers Breaking Itself Up

"A potential deal would separate its media assets from its digital classifieds operation, handing the former to CEO Mathias Doepfner and the founder's widow Friede Springer, and the latter to KKR and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board." - Reuters

How To Write Funny

Author Sally Franson says that if you want belly laughs, you might have to go through some painful experiences first. “The harder I laughed or the harder I cried, the more people laughed. And it wasn’t malicious, you know, it was like, I see you. That is so human.” - Slate

An American Novelist, Telling Immigrant Stories Anew

Dinaw Mengestu, on his character Samuel: “There’s a limitation to how fully we can truly understand his experiences. ... That gap becomes part of the narrative, part of what the story is trying to deeply engage with.” - The New York Times

The Decline Of HBO (Worst Emmys Outing Since 1996)

On Wednesday, HBO, as well as its accompanying streaming service Max, earned 91 Emmy nominations, down from its massive haul last year (127), and trailing both Netflix (107) and FX (93) this year. - The New York Times

“The Bear” Leads With Record Number Of Emmy Nominations

“The Bear,” about chefs under pressure at a Chicago restaurant, set a new record for nominations in a single year for a comedy. It has 23 nominations, beating out the previous record holder “30 Rock,” which had 22 nominations in 2009. - The Wall Street Journal

Australian Media Say Catastrophe If Meta Removes News Links From Facebook

Meta has threatened to remove all news from Facebook in Australia if it is “designated” under the world-first News Media Bargaining Code, which has the power to force digital platforms to pay for the use of news on their platforms. - Press-Gazette

After Public Radio’s WAMU Closed DCist, Laid-Off Journalists Start New DC News Site

"They are calling it The 51st — a nod to the District’s lack of statehood — and say it will deliver hyperlocal news relevant to District residents. Initially, their coverage will focus on topics such as the cost of living in D.C., how to navigate city services, (and) accountability reporting." - The Washington Post...

Disney’s Plan To Keep You Watching More

The entertainment giant is developing a host of new features aimed at lengthening the amount of time subscribers spend viewing its shows and movies. The goal is to mitigate customer defections and generate more revenue from advertising sales. - The Wall Street Journal

Amid Job Cuts, SoCal Public Radio/LAist Appoints New CEO

Alejandra Santamaria, most recently interim president and general manager at Univision Los Angeles, takes the helm at a difficult moment: 28 positions were recently eliminated as the station faces an expected deficit of $4 million to $5 million, due primarily to "a decline in advertising." - Variety

The “Yoda-Like Guru” Of Tap Dance

The youngsters who studied with Gene Medler at the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble remain devoted to him and his teaching methods for years after they graduate, and among his alums is Michelle Dorrance. One key is Medler's "student mind-set": he didn't start learning tap until age 27. - The New York Times

Now That Breakdancing Is An Olympic Sport, Will Dancers Get Paid Like Athletes?

"The 2024 Olympics could be a turning point for dancers who are accustomed to making a living performing and teaching." What's more, "like dancers, athletes have short professional careers, but Olympic success can extend their shelf life: There’s a well-constructed off-ramp for Olympic athletes." - Dance Magazine

Badass Bathing Beauties: A Brief History Of Synchronized Swimming

"Now known at the highest level as 'artistic swimming,' it was for decades one of the few athletic activities women could pursue, albeit in uncomfortable, baggy, not-exactly-aerodynamic attire. Despite — or perhaps because of — its popularity, synchronized swimming’s status as a legitimate sport would be contested for just as long." - The American...

Remembering Shelley Duvall’s Olive Oyl Dance

Dance “people” will recognize the innate beauty of her pose that is rooted in the cartoon version of OO as gangly. Even in her clodhopper shoes, this Olive Oyl is luscious. - ArtsMeme

Dance Neuroscience Says Your Brain Is Connected To Your Body – And Vice Versa

But seriously: “Sophisticated imaging technology has helped reveal that dance’s multifaceted demands engage the mind as intensively as the body; that dance can root our minds more firmly in our physical selves; and that dancing together can help us relate to each other.” - The New York Times

Evaluating The Career Of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Michael Linsmeier As He Leaves The Profession

He grew up on a dairy farm, but took tap and ballet. He “was in middle school when a recruiter from Richmond’s Virginia School of the Arts visited the Wolfmeyer School and invited him to spend his high school years there,” launching the dance portion of his career. - Oregon ArtsWatch

One Of San Francisco’s Coolest Theaters Is Closing Its Doors

Cutting Ball Theater plans to cease operations at the end of 2024. In its 25 years, Cutting Ball has mounted a Strindberg marathon, a staged documentary about its Tenderloin neighbors, Gertrude Stein and Suzan Lori-Parks on the same bill, and … classics audiences couldn’t see anywhere else. - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Edinburgh Fringe Faces A Shortage Of Venues

"As arts spaces across Scotland’s capital struggle to stay afloat, the number of venues hosting fringe shows this year is among the lowest of the past decade. In August, ... 262 venues will welcome audiences, an almost 20% reduction since the festival’s peak in 2019." - The Observer (UK)

How ‘Sing Sing,’ Set In A Prison, Captures The Beauty Of Being On The Stage

“When practiced communally, the pastime of playing pretend can yield powerful, lasting changes.” - Los Angeles Times

Equity Actors In Britain File Lawsuit Against A Casting Website

“Spotlight charges performers to appear in its directory, which it says was used to cast 99% of productions in the UK in 2023. But Equity says the fees, which were recently increased to £216 a year for actors on a monthly tariff, are ‘above what the law reasonably allows.’” - BBC

Florida Theatres Offer To Give Up Grants If Desantis Restores Arts Funding For Others

Leaders of The Orlando Fringe and Tampa Fringe described the governor’s description as inaccurate on Thursday at a news conference, but they said it was important for the state’s arts groups to be funded because they play critical roles in their communities. - AP

America’s First Alcohol-Free Comedy Club

Comedian John Tobin and business partner Norm Laviolette own and operate several comedy venues in Boston and New England, and they noticed that younger audience members were drinking far fewer beers and cocktails than their older counterparts did. So the pair launched SoBar Comedy. - WBUR (Boston)

Pete Wells, New York Times’s Most Entertaining Restaurant Critic Ever, Is Moving On

"A funny thing happened when I got to the end of all that eating: I realized I wasn’t hungry. I’m still not, at least not the way I used to be. And so … I’ve decided to bow out as gracefully as my state of technical obesity will allow." - The New York Times

When Police Came For Her Child-Molesting Husband, Alice Munro Told Them Her Daughter Was Lying

Retired Ontario Provincial Police Detective Sam Lazarevich recalled coming to arrest Gerald Fremlin in 2004 and the furious reaction from Munro; he remembers thinking "Aren't you going to defend your daughter?" Police already had Fremlin's letter confessing the sexual abuse; it had been sent to Munro 11 years earlier. - AP

Peter Schjeldahl And The Art Of Dying

Like Karl Marx and Jim Harrison, who died at their desks, and George Orwell, who was writing a book review when he died, Schjeldahl wrote until the end. We can be grateful for that because we have this book. - The New York Times

Former British Museum Head Gets A Shiny New Job

In the release, the commission said it had chosen Hartwig Fischer, 61, because of his “global expertise in leading international cultural institutions and museums.” It did not mention Fischer’s time at the British Museum. - The New York Times

A Budding Career at 94: Never Give Up On Your Dreams

After all, June Squibb not only has a new movie out, but, at 94, she’s got her first starring role. - The Guardian (UK)

Dorothy Lichtenstein, Who Worked Tirelessly To Give Her Husband Roy’s Art Away, Has Died At 84

“She did not want the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, of which she was co-founder and president, to continue in perpetuity. ‘We are working toward a sunset in 2026,’” says the foundation’s executive director, who said that “there was still some artwork and roughly $40 million in cash.” - Boston Globe

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How The Sports Novel Reached Adulthood

"For much of its history, the Western sports novel had been the stuff of inspirational boys’ tales, full of moral instruction and can’t-lose heroes. … But the twenty-first century, and specifically the past decade, have served as an even richer terrain for the literature of athletics." - Esquire

One Of San Francisco’s Coolest Theaters Is Closing Its Doors

Cutting Ball Theater plans to cease operations at the end of 2024. In its 25 years, Cutting Ball has mounted a Strindberg marathon, a staged documentary about its Tenderloin neighbors, Gertrude Stein and Suzan Lori-Parks on the same bill, and … classics audiences couldn’t see anywhere else. - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Pete Wells, New York Times’s Most Entertaining Restaurant Critic Ever, Is Moving On

"A funny thing happened when I got to the end of all that eating: I realized I wasn’t hungry. I’m still not, at least not the way I used to be. And so … I’ve decided to bow out as gracefully as my state of technical obesity will allow." - The New York Times

Madrid Tries Luring Folks To Spend Scorching Summer Afternoons At Air-Conditioned Arts Venues

"The new programme, called Refúgiate en la cultura (Take Shelter in Culture), offers free flamenco shows – in the Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, and the Royal Collections Gallery – as well as free comic monologues in libraries and discounted cinema tickets for screenings before 5pm." - The Guardian

Chrysler Building, New York’s Most Beautiful Skyscraper, Is In Pretty Sorry Shape

Its iconic crown and fabulous Art Deco lobby are still handsome — if you don't look closely. As the 94-year-old landmark's ownership keeps changing and its value keeps falling, maintenance has been seriously neglected. Not surprisingly, companies don't want to rent office space there. - The New York Times

Dance Neuroscience Says Your Brain Is Connected To Your Body – And Vice Versa

But seriously: “Sophisticated imaging technology has helped reveal that dance’s multifaceted demands engage the mind as intensively as the body; that dance can root our minds more firmly in our physical selves; and that dancing together can help us relate to each other.” - The New York Times

The Joys Of Reviving A Century-Old Silent Movie Pipe Organ

“In its heyday, the Barton Opus was able to recreate the sounds of many instruments, including strings, flutes and tubas. ... It also contained real percussion instruments such as a piano, xylophone, glockenspiel, cymbals and drums and could produce sound effects including steamboat and bird whistles.” - AP

Britain Might Be In Line For A Full Cultural Reboot

The Arts Council England chair has a five-point plan, and he thinks now, with the new government, is the time to realize it. - The Observer (UK)

Britain’s Flawed Artist Visa Program Has Serious, Worldwide Consequences

“The problem of visas for visiting artists has become almost as much part of festival season as festivals themselves. … There is also an unpalatable whiff of profiteering, with analysis showing that the UK last year raised £44m in fees for visa applications that were rejected.” - The Guardian (UK)

This Alice Munro Short Story May Explain Her Reaction To Her Husband’s Molestation Of Her Daughter

In 1993 — not long after Munro's daughter Andrea told her mother of the abuse and Munro chose to stay with her husband — the author published in The New Yorker a story titled "Vandals." Laura Miller analyzes the tale and finds a likely explanation (though not a justification) of Munro's choice. - Slate...

NYPhil Chief Suddenly Resigns

His departure comes as the orchestra’s musicians and the administration are in the midst of heated talks over a new labor contract; the current agreement expires in September. The musicians have been seeking large wage increases. - The New York Times

Is Using Generative AI In Documentaries Legitimate? We Asked Errol Morris.

"Film isn’t reality, no matter how it’s shot. … I guess people are so afraid of being tricked or manipulated that they feel if they impose a set of rules, somehow they don’t have to be afraid anymore. I would like to assure them that they still need to be afraid." - Nieman Lab
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