Archive for October, 2007

Musea Art Contest 10/23/07

October 23, 2007

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,our last contest question of:Founded in 1982, this became the first national newspaperby beaming electronic images of its pages to 26 printing plantsaround the US. Name it.WASUSA TODAY.I had no correct eligible answers. Seems y’all wereNOT ‘read/red all over” as the joke says.I don’tdumb down,so pleasewise up.Now on to a new Q.:Win a copy ofmy NEW cd CALLED ’30’! – (first anti-band CD) ormy NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ’07)or my RECORDING-IT-NOW cd (Summer ’07)if you are the first to e-mail me attomhendricks474 @cs.comwith the correct answerto this art question*The Great Pyramid at Giza covers 13 acres. This,the LARGEST MONUMENT EVERY CONSTRUCTED, covers 45 acresat its base! Its a temple that stands 177 feet tall. Name itif you can!Good luck puzzlers!Readers, IF you like these puzzles and wouldlike to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup,or any website, please do so. The more the merrier!MAY ’07 – NOW on the Musea website -on our contents page, A NEW Year Of Quizzes -yes all of this past year’s contest questions (’06-’07)and their answers – check them out!JULY ’07 – NOW on the Musea blog -This and all the most recent contests athttps://musea.wordpress.comSOMEBODY DOSOMETHING NEW!!!

Musea E-mail Club #409 Utne Nominates Musea in Best Zine Category 2007

October 22, 2007

Big news readers! Utne magazine, the nationally distributed
magazine out of Minneapolis, has nominated Musea for the
2007 Utne Independent Press Award in the category:
General Excellence : Zines.
Utne, in their 19th year of Independent Press Awards,
said that they looked at 1,300 periodicals to come
up with their nominees. All nominees are listed in the Nov-Dec ’07 issue
with the winners in each of 15 categories announced in the Jan/Feb ’08 issue.
For more info go to utne.com the general site, or for a press release
http://www.utne.com/uipa. OR check your newstand.

In their letter to us nominees Utne says, “More than 1,300 periodicals circulate
through our library, and your hard work consistently surprised, informed,
challenged, and entertained us during a year when some of the best
journalism and writing in memory was produced off the mainstream’s radar.

I was surprised and delighted to get the news. It’s certainly rewarding to
get recognition for your work. I thank all at Utne that helped make this
happen.

I also note that I know and support 3 other nominees in my category.
Moonlight Chronicles, You Don’t Get There From Here, and Smile, Hon,
You’re in Baltimore!. Congratulations to you 3 too.

Tom Hendricks
ed. of the 15 year old zine Musea

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Musea Extra: Why No PBS Pledge This Year

October 18, 2007

Local PBS radio station KERA-FM is in the midst of a pledge drive.
But this year I am not contributing. Readers, I ask you to consider
these reasons before you contribute your money.

1. News and news programs seem to be reduced to 95% Middle East news,
4% President or President election coverage, 1% novelty news.
And more and more the news is mostly analysis, with less and less
facts and background, and almost never do they cover solution plans.

2. Commercial breaks every 15 minutes. The one advantage PBS has
is not having commercials. But they ruin that with mini-ads for
biz contributors, and endless promotion every quarter of an hour.

3. Publishing Payola. Most talk shows have turned to book promotion
shows that feature almost exclusively a handful of major publishers,
with few if any books outside the majors. These major publishers’
parent companies are also some of the major financial contributors.
If PBS doesn’t announce this connection the FCC says this is payola
I call it ‘publishing payola’ to separate it from music payola.

4. No art converage of anything new – anything of this century!
No post-bands coverage, no post modern art coverage, no zine coverage, etc.
Everything is 7 years behind current events.

5. No local coverage of the arts. If all you love is Hollywood Films and
NYC book publishing, why are you here in Dallas? There should be weekly,
major coverage of all the arts in D/FW – and not some minor program
buried on ‘dead air’ Sunday nights.

6. Pro – business leanings. Local shows like CEO and THINK seem to
concentrate on promoting big business with seldom a tough question asked
about any corporate abuses. – and little if any representatives
for unions, workers, the poor, etc.
And never tough reports on advertisers, or advertising abuses. Hardly any show has any relation
to any aspect of my life. How can they do so much that in no way touches
any aspect of my life in Dallas?

7. Refusal to answer tough questions. Refusal to be responsive to all
these concerns. Refusal to sign or respond to the Musea Decency Pledge sent to all media. An overall general attitude of ‘give us your money and never ask any tough questions cause we won’t respond.” I’ll gladly reprint responses to this list – but I doubt there will be any.

Tom Hendricks
ed. of the 15 year old zine Musea

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Wikipedia
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Musea Art Contest 10/16/07

October 16, 2007

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,
our last contest question of:

What was Little Red Riding Hood’s real name?

WAS
Blanchette

I had no correct eligible answers. Seems y’all were
lost in the woods on this one.

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ’30’! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ’07)
or my RECORDING-IT-NOW cd (Summer ’07)

if you are the first to e-mail me at
tomhendricks474 @cs.com
with the correct answer
to this art question*

Founded in 1982, this became the first national newspaper
by beaming electronic images of its pages to 26 printing plants
around the US. Name it.

Good luck puzzlers!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup,
or any website, please do so. The more the merrier!

MAY ’07 – NOW on the Musea website –
on our contents page, A NEW Year Of Quizzes –
yes all of this past year’s contest questions (’06-’07)
and their answers – check them out!

JULY ’07 – NOW on the Musea blog –
This and all the most recent contests at
https://musea.wordpress.com

SOMEBODY DO
SOMETHING NEW!!!

Musea E-mail Club #408 Belo Synergy Strategy Fails

October 15, 2007

Dallas Morning News headline reads, “Wall Street applauds Belo’s split”.
(Local media conglomerate, Belo splits into two parts: tv channels (Channel 8 Dallas, etc.), and newspaper, (Dallas Morning News, etc).
But the real headline should be “Synergy Strategy Fails on all levels”. (Subtitle: media critics , like Musea, were right all along.)
My readers know that the Belo conglomerate (as large as it is, it is just a 2nd tier player in media consolidation) has gone down hill in its quality on all levels (too many to mention). Now as I suspected, they’ve failed as businessmen too.
Specifics: The broadcast arm is doing ok. The newspaper side is failing fast and was dumped to save the broadcast arm. Synergy had chained them together and was bringing both down. The fate of the Dallas Morning News is in doubt.
Hopefully the separate newspaper company will first sell off the The Providence Journal (R.I.), The Press-Enterprise (CA), and the Denton Record-Chronicle. Each would better serve its community if freed from its Dallas overlords. Whatever happens we can only guess that the new Newspaper company won’t continue failing on every level. Perhaps its new independence coupled with its old failure, will drive it to finally respond to its community – and put readers ahead of advertisers.! But I doubt it.

How many times have I heard something along the lines that as an artist I may know
something about the content side of a newspaper but nothing about the business side.
Well let’s look at that. Belo Corp (both companies) have run up a 1.2 BILLION dollar debt.
If I took the reins of the conglomerate (knowing absolutely nothing about the newspaper business) could I loose 1.2 billion? Not easily. Even someone with NO TRAINING in journalism would have to work hard to fail this badly.
I’d have to work overtime to upset suppliers and outside workers, penny pinch talented staff, or drive them away for younger cheaper workers, upset all readers, spend millions on worthless gambles, and give bonuses to management for failure. Perhaps if I did all that over decades and decades I could rack up half the loss that the management team has managed to do. But I really don’t think I have the talent for failing on such a grand scale. Nor does anyone else that I know.
Well hopefully the Dallas Morning News, will unconsolidate more by selling off all their other newspapers, and each separate paper can respond to their community of readers with a good solid back-to-basics newspaper. But I doubt they will. I can now say “I told you so! knowing I’ve been proven correct. And I will now predict that with no massive improvement, the Dallas Morning News will go out of business.

Tom Hendricks
ed. of the 15 year old zine Musea

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