Bryan Fuhr Recommends Reading The New York Times

Obvious title aside, I love these profiles of individuals reading The New York Times. Personal reading habits interest me. They are a great bellwether of media consumption, as well as distribution of the news and information that moves societies.

It’s interesting to note what people seek out in the Times, how they interpret what they read, and what they share with others. Anna Deavere Smith is a sensational actor. Her focus on foreign policy and race shows through in her performances. Now I know where she gets her material.

It’s also interesting to note the format people choose for their news. It’s obvious from this profile that Smith reads a printed paper, as it was from a profile I read of Delia Ephron the other day. I think some of it’s habit, but I also think there’s increased focus and comprehension. I’m eager to see profiles of younger, equally influential readers. I wonder what role print plays in their consumption relative to screens. Something tells me I know the answer.

Another funny observation: how guilty we feel when we can read the paper in one sitting. It’s not a race, but there is a definite sense of accomplishment in attaining currency, however the reader defines it. That feeling isn’t limited to news junkies. I think it has to do with the infinite feeds that have taken over internet media.

Last but not least, I’m still in awe of the power of the NYTimes editorial page. In an era of multiple voices and multiple opinions, it’s amazing to see how much influence a Times editorial still holds, how much power and authority it commands. Amen.

Reading the Times With Anna Deavere Smith

via The New York Times


Made You Look

Watched a great trailer this morning on how creativity can thrive in a digital age.

Made You Look is a great exploration of the return to the tactile and tangible craft of making things. It could be photographs. It could be books. It could have a digital signal. It could not. The point is to create things that remind us of our purpose, our history, our existence. One great quote from the trailer:

“If everything that we create…if that just exists in a digital cloud…then I think that’s an incredible shame.”

Can’t wait to see the whole documentary. . On a big screen. In a movie theater. With popcorn.

via It’s Nice That

Bryan Fuhr Recommends Studs Terkel

If you love secretly love radio but are ashamed to admit it…

If you love oral history, or what we now call storytelling…

If you love your job, or if you’re at your desk today wishing you could find the energy and purpose to love your job…

Then…this is for you.

Studs Terkel was an NPR interviewer before that meant anything. His subjects and his style defined how we talked about our lives, our accomplishments, our realities well before memoirs became a genre, well before reality shows depicted everything in too much detail, and way before social media made everyone a biographer. It might surprise you to learn that I actually wrote my Cornell application essay about him. His stories about work inspired me in their honest depiction of why people become who they become, how work shapes them, and how they shape their contributions.

These stories have been available in print for 40 years, but the raw material that inspired them has never been released. It makes for fascinating listening. You’ll hear voices that have long since disappeared, yet whose ambitions and desires sound real and very current.

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Bryan Fuhr Recommends Somebody Deliver Your Messages For You

Her work may not be to everyone’s taste, but Miranda July always makes a statement. This time she’s commented on the abundance of messaging apps.

Her message: All this time spent communicating through screens has stopped us from actually communicating at all.

Her solution: An app! That delivers messages for you. Face-to-face. Like Postmates. For your social life.

See how it works here:

It’s Nice That : The brilliant Miranda July launches a messaging app with a charming twist.