Saturday, April 21, 2018

Slow-reading John le Carré: Legacy of Spies


Is this his last novel?
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Georges: He’s well-known for saying, “This is my last book," or "This is my last interview.” Then he goes and does another.
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Smiley returns...
Pierre: Legacy of Spies. Hmm. It has a final ring to it. Like pulling all the threads together.
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Georges: Looking at the Cold War through the eyes of people nowadays. Who do not fully understand how cold and dark the era was.
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Pierre: I took a long time to read this book. I slow-read it. By which I mean, I read two pages forward and then bookmarked it for the next day one page back.
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Georges: You did this, I suspect, because you wished to savour the flavours.
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Pierre: It was not a gobble and go. It was not a page turner. You enter his mind and find chamber after chamber. All the time I’m thinking, is this the last time I sit at the table with a master?
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Voice-over
Fast reading is for writers who drive their story only through suspense, what happens next.
Slow reading is reserved for writers who transcend a genre.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Leaders that don’t listen and social media


The mayor’s last stand…
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Neilsen: The Council was split.
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Gallup: Did he have the numbers?
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Neilsen: He was in a corner. Most council members against him. Dredging up the darkest crisis management strategies, he used fake news press releases, commissioned fake surveys to support his position and hired business reps to speak at council, to say that the his plan would bring more jobs and lower taxes.
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Gallup: Did it work?
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Neilsen: It was close. But the opposition marshaled its speakers, arguing that the surveys were flawed, that the mayor’s plan was not moral nor legal. They spoke persuasively. But in the end the mayor was defeated, 7 to 5, claiming that he’d been defeated by a vocal minority on social media.
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Toppled by social media
Gallup: Did he know that Estrada in the Philippines, Ben Ali in Tunisia, Gaddafi in Libya and Mubarak in Egypt were all overthrown by outrage expressed first on social media?
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Neilsen: He’d said he never listens to social media. But when leaders stop listening, that is the beginning of their undoing.
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Voice-over
When a mayor does something morally questionable, or ignores historical agreements, citizens should speak up. Research, write letters to the newspaper, text on FaceBook or Twitter, write articles, email, start a group, put up a website, hold meetings, attend council meetings, heckle.
Although the mayor mainly used traditional print media for his propaganda, digital media won the day. He had used Facebook, but when he started receiving criticism, he took himself off it.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

Whats up next?


The project is completed...
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VFA: Now the film is finished, what are you going to do next?
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Tommy: Good question. Yeah. Be cool, I guess.
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VFA: Many ways to be cool.
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Tommy: I’m giving it some thought. Maybe I’ll pick up on another issue. Where people in public office use their position for private gain.
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VFA: Same way? Interview people to speak their feelings?
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Tommy: Interviews illustrated with drone footage, animations to explain the plot, inscreen frames.
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Voice-over
Learning from one project leads to the next. In documentary films, techniques and technology are important, but still you need a story that ignites feelings. Protagonist vs antagonist. Setting up the next project while in the middle of one venture helps reduce that unanchored feeling.
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