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The FCC, Net Neutrality, and Corporate Power

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Joseph A. Palermo

For years now the corporate Internet Service Providers have been pushing for a tiered system of Internet delivery. They want the FCC to allow them to construct "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the Internet.

Crisis on the Internet: Is Everybody the Bad Guy?

Eric Mink | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Eric Mink

Next week, the FCC plans to propose new rules that its chairman claims will preserve the Internet as a free, fair and open communications medium for all. It seems far more likely that the rules will radically distort the medium by tilting Internet functioning even further in favor of the giant technology players.

Net Neutrality Misses Real Internet Problem: ADOPTION

Kristal High | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

Rhetoric aside, provided neither the FCC nor Verizon appeal last week's decision, we can safely say we're comfortably still in the net neutral zone we've been in for the past ten years. But there is a bigger problem the Chicken Littles of the world fail to recognize.

Missing Mom's Journal Foreshadows Family Tragedy

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 06.10.2013 | Crime

SALT LAKE CITY -- Susan Powell had been married about a year when she started writing a journal. She was a love-struck, 20-year-old newlywed, dreaming...

There Is No Internet Freedom Without Internet and Broadband Competition

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality only became an issue once the phone and cable companies got the government to protect their businesses from competition by blocking who could use the wires.

AT&T's $14 Billion 'Bribe' or How the Media Got It Wrong

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

On Nov. 7, 2012, AT&T announced that it would be spending $14 billion to upgrade their wireless and wireline networks. And yet, in fact, AT&T is only ...

Cable's Social Contract on America and Other Cable Scandals: But Who's Counting?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Shouldn't we get to choose who offers us Internet or broadband or cable programming services over the wires we've helped to upgrade? And if there's no serious competition, shouldn't the cable companies' prices for cable services be regulated again?

Powell/Pressburger 1943 Classic Conjures Deborah Kerr's Early Artistry And Winston Churchill's Wrath

Penelope Andrew | Posted 01.16.2012 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Among its many virtues, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) is a rare, dreamy, Technicolor depiction of London during the blitz.

Getting Religion: The Ten Best Films on Faith

John Farr | Posted 05.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

In the final analysis, religion is what we humans have made of it, good and bad. Perhaps that's what makes it such a fascinating subject for film. Here then are my candidates for the top ten films dealing with faith and spirituality.

Bisset, De Havilland & Kerr Feted by French Legion & BFI/TCM Festival to Open With Caron Classic

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

As late summer transformed into autumn, milestones in classic film, which focused primarily on iconic leading ladies, dominated the news and will be r...

They Sure Don't Make 'Em Like They Used to: A Tribute to Deborah Kerr

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The late Deborah Kerr was the kind of star and personality we rarely see anymore: a lady first and foremost, who, even playing women of dubious virtue, projected an innate sense of class, dignity, even nobility.

Former FCC Chairman Criticizes 'Religious' Commitment To Net Neutrality

Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

While the FCC and the White House have both remained relatively mum on Google and Verizon's proposal, former Federal Communications Commission Chairma...

BALLET: The Red Shoes, Legendary On Stage And On Film

artforum.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A WOMAN'S GLOVED HAND turns the pages of a program, aided by her male companion. The camera assumes their point of view. With this brilliant segue, di...

Cinefantastique Podcast: 50th Anniversary Special - Psycho; House of Usher and Peeping Tom

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

With no new horror, fantasy, and science fiction films opening nationwide this week, the Cinefantastique Podcast turns its eye on the 50th anniversary...

To Martin Scorsese, the Criterion Collection, and Anyone Else Who'll Listen: More Public Domain Classics Worth Saving

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's not enough to revere the best of our film heritage -- we must work to protect and preserve it. With that in mind, I've compiled a short list of public domain titles that I'd like to see brought back to their original glory.

Beyond "The Poseidon Adventure" : A Tribute To Ronald Neame

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We are so collectively mired in the hyper-superficial, materialistic, flashy "moment of now" that we haven't paused to acknowledge a man who helped bring some of the finest British films ever made to the screen.

What is Up with CNN's Carol Costello? She Owes Us More on the "Daddy's Roommate" Story or Owes Ed Koch an Apology

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Clemons

The New York Times offered witnesses. Is CNN saying that they are lying? Do they communicate this through a chatty response to Ed Koch?

Reading The Pictures: Barack Obama, Master Manipulator

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-06-24-shaw_obama_calculations.jpgIf the corporate media starts to latch on to this "Chicago boss" theme, you can expect a lot more photos, pulled out of context like this, to flesh out the picture.