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1,000 Reviews (Short reviews on everything)

May 2, 2017

More 10th Anniversary Celebration!
1,000 Reviews on Everything!
Fasten your seat belts – its going to be a bumpy ride! We’re surfing through all the arts at 90 reviews a minute. Floor it editor Art!
Key: if there is one or more ‘+’ after the review then Musea likes it, if one or more ‘x’ after the review, Musea doesn’t . * * *
Piet Mondrian quote on innovation, “Experience was my only teacher.’ +. Lack of any universally accepted computer storage process that will last and protect the storage of data as well as books do now xxx. Sandwich tv show programming where the network stuffs a new awful show in between two viewer favorites – it never has worked and has always ruined good nights of tv x. Jailhouse Rock – best Elvis movie. Note ‘E’s choreography in title song number – very TCB +. Quick film cuts never let a shot develop any character of its own x. Commercials that make the customer look stupid and the company as flawless godlike businessmen xx. Young clothes mavens Cindy Greene and Johnson Hartig have made a business of taking the best of slightly used clothes from flea markets and modifying them till they are one of a kind boutique-
level clothes ++. NO ADS FOR KIDS EVER xxxx. Coloring black and white film classics xx. AD, Architectural Digest magazine, snobby over ad-a-
fied, but still the leader in home decorating splendor, excess, craftmanship, pretention, etc. +/x. Broadway musicals, phoned in bland choreography to bad music – yawn. The spoofs are more artistic xx. Boy and Girl Scouts +++. Animal shelters as petting zoos – it gives the orphan animals a job ++. Director’s cut – why didn’t you do it right the first time x. Eva Cassidy (wide ranging flawless voice) and Nick Drake (subtle singer songwriter) – two extraordinary talents, virtually unknown to the general public that died way too young ++. Sequels = clone movies xx. Pay satellite radio for your car, XM or Sirius, and you are STILL stuck with ads xx. One out of 5 new drugs, begins with the dosage too high xx. Theme parties like Truman Capote’s black and white party where all had to wear all black or all white +. Party buses that take you from one club to the next or out for a drive in the country – the driver is sober but the passengers are partying safely – ‘You’re either on the bus or you’re off” Ken Kesey +. Story paintings , for ex. Giotto told the story of Jesus, and William Hogarth told comical parables in a series of prints ++. Great pulp magazine sci-fi adventures of the 30’s like the Professor Jameson Space adventures where he, now a brain in a robot body, leads an army of robots through trials and tribulations – by Neil R. Jones – the longest running series of any in the field from ’31-’51 +. Florida theme parks charging $50 a ticket – who can afford but Richie Rich and Scrooge McDuck x. Rule – no soldiers under 40. Would stop all wars within hours – “old soldiers never die they send young ones to do it for them” – Art S Rev. ++. Computer manuals filled with either the most obvious stuff ‘how to turn on’ or the most arcane ‘how to print 6 sided banners’ – no wonder there’s Manuals for Dummies xx. Musea website puzzle, “Code Rings On’ from issue #104, is so ‘e-ZZZZ’ but no one has been able to crack the CODE and win the $19 prize – will probably never be solved. ++. Poets – if you don’t make any sense, why write in English. Coleridge in his Essays on Shakespeare spells it out – ‘the first object of a writer is to be understood’ +++. Arab/Israeli conflict – time to bring back the idea of an iron curtain. This time 40′ tall between the two with no doors xx. D/FW pollution – what happened? We used to have a clean metroplex. Now landing on an airliner and you dive into a cloud of carcinagens! Time to talk about it, find and fine the guilty, and end the pollution. xxx. Painting placement – not too close or each looses its attraction. Best exhibits are those that give each work its own viewing area unconjested. +. Where are the new songwriters to match the calibre of the 60’s Dylan, Lennon/ McCartney, (and George too who’s way underatted as a songwriter), Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones’ glimmer twins, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, etc. You’d think in 30 years we’d have matched that short 10 year period xx. 2nd day of each month as SHARE DAY. We combat our self-centered gimme world with one day a month to give or share what we have with someone else. +++++. Classic essay writers: Montaigne – Renaissance reasoning, very urbane and humanistic ++, Francis Bacon intellectual studies from a Shakespeare contemporary + Emerson, Ralph Waldo, American school staple is longwinded and hard to follow. I say transcendental this! Read his quotable phrases instead +/x. Drug war, how to solve in one year – the U.S. gov. Goes to Columbia and buys the complete crop at farmer prices, thus , controlling the entire crop. No middlemen sellers, cause no crop to sell. No drug attics, cause no drugs to buy. +++. Paintings celebrating high achievements or notable events – Picasso’s Guernica, Goya’s The Shooting of a Group of Citizens by the Soldiers of Murat on the Night of May 3, 1808, David’s Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine, all ++. High Heel shoes – the west’s version of foot binding xx. Idea – a website that shows all art works of all kinds that are in the public domain ++++. Project Gutenberg netsite is somewhat there with thousands of novels, poems etc. Gutenberg.net ++. Sun Sessions. Sun records was Elvis, Scotty, and Bill plus Orbison, Cash, Jerry Lee, PLUS a lot of minor rockabilly and blues hits that don’t get the attention they deserve. One of the best small labels ++. Now that there is viagra – stop selling ivory as fake aprhodisiacs – save the animals not the tusks, until then xxx. Idea – do a show on Manners for kids like the 50’s Do Bee and Don’t Bee ++. Bureaucracy as a means of de-powering people and stopping positive change through inaction xxx. Quote – “People like to publish stuff on line, but don’t like to read stuff on line’ Charles C. Mann +. Recent Disney Cartoon movies from ‘Lion King’ on are mean spirited and bland at the same time with some of the worst music ever on film xx. Pulp fiction’s best super hero without super powers was Doc Savage and his band of 5. Ken Robeson was the nom de plume of the group of writers that wrote Doc’s adventures. As good as pulp gets ++. Musical group idea – only play covers of TV theme songs ++. Perry Mason TV mystery series (b/w shows only) talked about real issues in detailed cases – not like the bland watered down shoot um up mysteries since. ++. Spelling bees ++. Tax on e-mails, urban web myth x. Early Jackie Chan movies before he came to America ++. The BOX, musea’s idea for the future of computers – with phone, tv,radio,computer,library, etc. All in one (then later in the future in the stem of eyeglasses with the screen being your glasses). See Musea #64 ++.Roswell, Marfa Lights, Lochness Nessie, Big Foot – always some unexplained wonders ++. Musea accountant Les S Moore +. Companies selling your info to others for cash xx. POD, print on demand , new technology offers almost any book in back stock if you can get it programmed in expensive and rare machines ++. Michael Moores documentaries on Corp. Abuses such as “Roger and Me’ ++. Chuck D. Rapper from Public Enemy champeoning the indy musician and listeners on the net ++. NAB, RIAA, FCC, boo to all those letters – and they know why xx. TV ads that use cool rock classics to sell un-cool junk xx. America the Overweight – a crisis of magnitude xx. Restaurant portions – big so they can charge you more – but unhealthy to the max . Obesity for your customers is not a fair business plan xx. Test to see if restaurant food is healthy – how do the regulars look? +. Crank radios – no batteries, just arm power and it runs for hours. Perfect for a power starved planet ++. TV voice overs – always the same few people xx. Corporate art 10 maintaining their monopoly through law suits instead of quality of their products xx. Cover girls that are also major spokes models for big cosmetic companies. Severe conflict of interest xx. Pete Townsend quote, “An artist wants support, response, and affection but also needs reaction, critique, and rebellion.” +.Free college on the net or on videos in the library with a final test in each course to get the elective – similar to correspondence courses. ++.Trip photos, slides, or video? Please edit before showing guests x. Good grammar is slipping away. Schools save the language x. “They’re queer, they’re here, get over it +. Affordable housing , not just in ghettos but in all parts of town, then none looses property values ++. Ferris Wheels never go out of style, London (world’s tallest) Vienna (see film classic The Thin Man) Copenhagen in Trivoli Gardens, or the Dallas version at Fair Park ++.One price pass for rail, bus, or plane rides anywhere in US for summer vacations +. CD jukeboxes filled with 1,000’s of old and new tunes. You program it to burn a CD of your favs either at the store, through the mail, or on the net. +.New American Paintings Magazine – since ’93 has showcased the best of regional painters from the Open Studios Guild +. All Hollywood films as one of 3 formats: action film for men, touchy feely love stories for women, special effects kids films – how predictable and formulaic xx. Too long credits before and after the movie x. Guatamalan textiles and weavings – brilliant colors and patterns ++.Media showing women crying or dead bodies bleeding or snuff films. “Hey tv anchor, would you show your mother and child bleeding crying and dying – xxxx. Bad tv theme songs, excluding The Simpsons, there are not many good ones anymore x. Teeth so artificially white they look like dentures x. A decent unsweetened or diet tea x. Bing Crosby, prolific crooner with so many recorded songs – hit the perfect blend of range, style, seriousness, or leisurely fun ++. Broadway revivals – first it was old plays, now old movies, both new yawns dressed up in vintage clothes xx. Wallpaper on the edge – a few designers are breaking ground with wallpapers with attitude ex. – the now defunct Zurich company X-art +.Why no editorials from tv or radio anymore? Don’t they stand for anything now xx. Men’s fashion – bland for 20 years xx. Musea takes a look at newspapers, issue #73 +. A bankrupt government – its unamerican xxxx. Hey U.S. start a savings account and deposit a couple hundred mill into it each year +++. Texas Art museums that don’t show Texas art xx. KRLD radio – news station seems to have ‘all ads all the time” x. Idea of city currency that keeps the cash circulating in that community ++. Bruce Springsteen – how working class can he be when he became a millionaire at 20? Reality check needed x. Hollywood walk of fame with each square a celebrity – is not something you earn but something you BUY x. Perry Como 60’s tv show had segment where Perry, sitting on stool would sing to a mike – no background just classy simple crooning ++. Soap Operas – smal towns with all residents working at the hospital looking like models? Seems like out of touch, re-runs of Dallas or Knots Landing. Needs shakeup, some better writing, more realistic dialogue and stories xx. ’68 film “Wild In The Streets” where the kids take over, the seniors are herded into concentration camps, and a rock singer becomes president – fun music too +. Local news that covers Hollywood film more than all local arts combined xx. Film Previews limited to 5 minutes (Inwood) +.Mechanical pencils – sooo much better than regular pencils for artists +. “Right now the information highway has a heavy toll” x. The mainstream media’s bias against religion – every story centers on a scandal or cult angle x. Shaker furniture, William Morris wallpapers, Phillipe Stark nightclub designs, Raymond Loehry vehicle designs , Tiffany lamps, Faberge eggs, etc. – design and craftsmanship excellence ++.Part time employees as a ploy for companies to avoid paying full time benefits xx. Media coverage of Union news – non existent xx. Movie product placement – sleasy x. Videos pre-censored by Blockbuster x, without telling the customer – another x. College on line + but present course costs of $200-2,000 is way over priced x. Notable rock guitarists: Jimi Hendrix – best of blues,rock,innovation; Les Paul multi track wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughan just leaving Hendrix’s shadow when he died – ++. “Bud” (Budweiser) beer campaign mixing booze and bad haiku – gives bad name to both x. Painting size – extra small: best for jewelry, book marks, keepsakes, small: best for crafts, tables, book covers and illustrations, medium: narrow walls, small galleries, large: empty walls, extra large: empty rooms +. Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest challenge to compose the opening sentence to the worst possible novel (he wrote “It was a dark and stormy night’) – great annual fun +. DJ’s that can never dislike a song they play – what robots x. And can never have ethnic names – do they hate minorities x. Fort Worth’s 3 gifted ‘shockism’ poets with their pulp fiction style of lit. Robert W. Howington, William Bryan Massey III, and Weasel Boy +.PBS kids show – not really that good any more x. Saturday morning newtork programs for kids – they’re not even trying xx. 7,000 drug deaths from prescription drugs xx. CARP royalties on web radio – a ploy to destroy competion xx. Two mosaics in San Vitale Ravenna Italy: Theodora and Her Attendants, and Justinian and His Attendants – best pair of paintings, best mosaics ++.Companies run by the accounting department – big mistake x. Travis Tritt donates $25,000 to trapped Penn. Coal miners +. But most ultra rich Hollywood stars donate so little to so few – shame on you x. Notable cartoon artists: Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” a classic, Robert Crumb underground comic master (see movie too) Harvey Pekar stories for others to draw – all +++. British Comedies – the best are very good – but lately quality of new ones is thinning out x. Rhythm chords of 60’s classic “Gloria” by Them (with Van Morrison) : EEDA, +. Perfect design for a rug – Maxfield Parish’s “Circus Bedquilt Design’ 1904 +. At the end of SNL’s intro of host, the high screeching sax note – stop it my ears hurt x. Ciggie print ad looks like 50’s pin-up painting – cancer as cool xx. Micro-payments of portions of a cent to view a webpage – allows indies to make cash on quality not ads ++. Mary Kay pink cads – cool +. Senior prices – they have all the money, they should pay their share x. Wallace & Gromit, Felix the Cat, Daffy Duck, Goofy, Donald Duck, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Betty Boop, Simpsons –
great cartoon characters – man can they act ++. Ticketmaster -endless fees and high prices – with the best seats given as promo for insiders xx. Elvira and Ernest movies – fun escape +. Internet jokes – who write these circulated bits +. Edgar Rice Burroughs – all series of books from the most read author of his day: Tarzan series, Mars, Venus, Pellucidar (inner earth), Caprona, etc. ++ Looting of archaelogical digs or pilfering grave stones and statues and reselling them as art xxx. Turn of the Century U.S. composers: Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart and/or Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter +++. Media treating the web as either great opportunity for oh-so-nice business or, in the case of indy websites – teeming with child molestors, crooks, terrorists, and Nazis – how slanted and unfair xx. Big wall sized paintings – usually pompous art – painters shouldn’t be able to waste that much canvas until they’ve proven themselves on smaller works x. Sim City – fascinating computer game of simulation of city planning and growth – (turned into a series). Gives you the power and responsibility of running your own city +. Digital photography – not quite there yet x. But would be great for photo booths – take 50 shots (against a blue screen and fill in background through computer later) and choose your favs and make photos of them for cost per photo +. Tattoos – ok if you stay thin, and they don’t fade and you don’t change partners +. Al-Jazeera – indy media source in Arab world must be doing something right – all sides hate it +. Two recent lows “Who’s Talking” baby talking sitcom xx. “Greg the Bunny” puppet talking sitcom xx. Joins the ranks of “My Mother the Car” car talking sitcom xx. Best Shakespeare play, Macbeth +++. Film and amusment park ride cross pollution – Disney’s Country Bears ride as movie or the other way around, Universal’s “Men in Black II” movie as ride xx. Quote from Roger McGuinn of the Byrds on folk music, “The new singer songwriters aren’t doing the traditional material anymore xx. Roger McGuinn’s folk den folkden.com +. Fashion Museums, should be some that support the best of quality clothes in history +. Ads on buses – shows who’s buying city influence xx. Dallas Morning News refuses to tell Musea how to tell press release journalism from hard hitting balanced journalism. Are they getting paid to run these disguised ads? If so how is it listed in the books? Can anyone pay? Perfect example of this scandal of credibility is the Aug 27,02 COVER story on Dixie Chicks new album xx. Now to grade their coverup of this hidden agenda xxx. And in their own editorial of Aug.18 they say “Corporations do have responsibilities, including civic ones” Four more ‘x’s for forked tongued behavior xxxx. Tommy Bartlett Water Ski and Jumpng Boat Thrill Show (since ’52) and any other pyramid building skiers show ++. Awards shows – too much clapping, not enough talent xx. Why can’t you just turn a computer on x. Regional museums: Amon Carter – just renovated – great photo collection and U.S. art, Kimbell, beautifully designed Kahn building houses rich collection of old masters, DMN fancy big building with growing collection of all kinds of art is improving, Meadows Museum, new building better houses exceptional collection of Spanish paintings, Fort Worth Modern – a bit trendy and still sorting things out – Rothko Chapel (Houston) a wonderful visual/ religious experience +++. Arcade games – extremely violent and often owned by the same overlords of all arts – the Big 10 xx. Computer games as industry, has profits that surpass FILMS – a major deal +.Museum shows with too much text to read x. Starbucks for boycotting zines xx. Interns – clever trick to get cheap labor at slave labor prices xx.DJ talk show trick – when you call in you cannot hear them very well – that way they can make fun of you without you hearing it x. Corporate Art request lines only play those requests already on their play lists – try to suggest something obscure and hear their ‘song and dance’ no x. Recent CD covers – kinda bland and unremarkable x. Elgin marbles from Greece are held by the Brits. Sooner or later all indigenous art should be returned to their original countires IF 1. They have the means to preserve it and 2. They have the desire to preserve it. Stop the empirialism and return the loot xx. Term – ‘2D’ art – art that confines itself to painting, drawing, prints, etc. That way quality painter/artists can separate themselves from the mess that conceptual art has become ++. “Lawyer Morals” company morals that state that they will do anything possible to compete as long as the lawyers say it is not illegal – scummy greed xx. TV show you’ll never see on the networks “Top 10 Most Offensive Ads” xx. Websites – a billion sites and nothing on – quality is still pretty low xx. Howard Stern – shock jock innovated the radio concept and does improv. for 5 hours a day with a cast of zanies. That part ++ though inappropriate for kids xx. But 20 minutes of ads every hour destroys any good in the show xxx. The general public – sometimes they refuse to get it, for example “Ironically, many of us couldn’t figure out why it was taking so long for the general public to get excited about e-mail, which we’d been doing since 1970. I was trying to convince people of the value of MCI’s e-mail system in 1983 and people didn’t see why it was so important and valuable” Vinton Cerf, head of team that invented the internet +++, public on e-mail xxx.Film festivals – most turn away the bulk of entries x. Song contests and poetry contests for a fee – scammy x. Road construction – should stop at 2 heavy commute times x. Musea reading fund – thousands of free dollars to help ANYONE buy classic books, recordings, etc. at Paperbacks Plus in Dallas +++. “The Listeners” classic ghost poem by Walter De La Mare +. Glissando – musical term is as pretty as it sounds when done on the harp +.Arabian Night – unexpurged versions of this classic are erotic and smart ++. American Myths: Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, John Henry, etc – big greatness +. DWI 3 times and loose license – get drunks off the road x. Dumpster divers – at least someone is re-cycling +. Gallery system of art – elitist art selling establishments are too often as out of touch as the modern art they peddle xx. Dome viewing cars on trains – nice way to travel +. Nature – walk in, hike through, poems on, respect for, stewardship of +++++. Yves Saint Laurent – the best of clothes designers ++. Geodesic domes – Bucky Fuller has invented an architectural wonder +. Strangers calling me ‘Dude’ or ‘Bub’ x. Too large glasses – bug eyes x. Magazines as disguised shopping catalogues x. Reruns – too many and too few new shows x. Leaf blowers, pollutes air with noise, dust, fumes, and when looking up conspicuous consumption (or anal lawn care) in dictionary, shows picture of – xx. Urban sprawl xxx. Long range goal of internet service as free for all Americans +. Double decker buses as alt to car traffic +. Celebrities that I’ve met that were nice -actress Morgan Fairchild, director Vincent Minelli (very shy), musician Lyle Lovett, musician David Byrne (see later), musician Marilyn McCoo (5th Dimension), Actress Eve Arden, football great Nate Newton,Fr. Film director Claude Le Louche, actor Mickey Rooney – I said,’Hi Mr Rooney,’ he says “Hiya kid hiya!” , comedian Jay Leno (kind to my parents – I haven’t met him) – all ++. Most insecure celebrities – tie: author director Nora Ephron, or Catch 22 author Joseph Heller x. Most standoffish celebs, football great Roger Staubach a little, hair guru Sassoon – a lot x. B.A.N.D.S. after 40 years of Beatle clones, it stands for Bores Against New Developments xx. There is no ‘fun’ in functionalism architecture x. Manufactured rock star tv series – ‘must see, clone tv (when pop singers look more like Janis than Brittney they’ll probably sound more like Janis than Brittney) xx. USPO – doesn’t have to deliver e-mail , that burden is off – so why the whinny price hikes? Is service better because of it? The Post office shouldn’t be making a profit anyway – that cash should go back to the customers in lower fees, or higher service x. NPR – not all things considered. ULA (Underground Literary Alliances) says, “Why do you fawn over conglomerate approved authors yet refuse to communicate with an independent group like the ULA xx. ULA- shaking up the publishing establisment – I’m glad to be a member ++. Devo hats +.Free tv time for political candidates (ex. An hour a week during campaign time) or FCC yanks licenses – its called civic responsibility ++. Lip sync ing concerts – what a jip x. And sometimes records –
double jip xx. 99% rule – laws that hurt 99% to detour the behavior of one xxx. Perfect ex. Is speed bumps – the speeder hits one and avoids the area forever – the residents are punished by them forever x. CEO Stock options – failure rewarded xx. Universal Health Coverage –
sooooooo over due xxxx. DMN art critic Janet Kutner – goofy writing with never an eyebrow raised at the absurdity of most modern art x. Modern art – not modern since 1940’s xx. Becoming enlightened ++++++++++++++++++++++++++.. Music for kids – records or cartoon movie music –
do these composers think kids love bad music more than good – (their music should be just as high quality as the grownups) xx. Cats kill 15 birds each a year – control the cat population to save the bird population x. ISBN – the line in the sand between indy book, chapbook, and zine publishing and corporate publishing. Indys refuse to pay the licensing fee to publish (its a right to publish, not a fee to pay corporations) . Anti ISBN +++. Pro ISBN xxx. TV programs, specially credits, saturated with logos, promos news headlines, ads, etc xx. THE BIG TEN the enemy of every art loving, media loving, fairness loving, freedom loving, soul on earth. The Big 10 companies are trying to monopolize all arts and media xxxxx. For a complete list of who they are and what they own http://www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html
– the list is by The Nation magazine and we salute them for it ++.Coney Island “Dreamland and other turn of the century amusement parks – ++. Musea’s tv guide to the best comedies from the start of tv to 2000 – issue #97 ++. Afterimage Photography gallery. The Dallas gallery may be the oldest all photo gallery anywhere – always great stuff from Ben Breard. ++. Maria Montessori – even long after her death she is still ahead of her time in children’s education. All her books recommended ++. Newspaper photos – artistically poor. Choose better photos when there is a choice x. National Geographic –
breathtaking photos, fun science, and positive support for science projects ++.Newspaper dirty trick of running photo of a person when he is looking his worst – often done with politicians the paper doesn’t support x. Target (Tars-jay) best designed cloths of the discounters + – but for even better selection choose used clothes shop like Salvation Army – all styles from all eras under one roof ++. Prayer in School – yes, if it is a different prayer from each major religion on each day +. No if it is just to support one religion x. Porland, OR bookstores : the mammoth , block-long Powells, plus indies Reading Frenzy, and Counter Media +. Museas ‘Enough rope’, interviewing technique (see Best of, book) +. Isadora Duncan, the pioneer US dancer freed the world from the too-stringent ballet ++.Internet goal – to reach masses of people, not just one person that gets video fast. Not narrow high tech x – but wide low tech +. TV ministries, mesmerizing speakers but they seldom say much of substance other than the donation part x. Instead of us sending them money, why don’t they send us “SEED” money and it’ll come back to them many times blessed +. The right NOT to vote when no candidate offers an improvement ++. The world should reward Brazil for preservation of the Amazon rain forest, vital to all life on the planet +++. Electronics companies switching formats so customer has to re-buy his collection : 45’s, lp’s, cassette, 8 track. CD, VHS, DVD, mini CD’s xx. Conflict journalism – there are daily stories on black vs. White, Arab vs Israeli, but where is the poor vs. Rich stories – that would upset advertisers xx. Story dancing – a technique of telling a story in dance (too often modern choreography is confusing, weird, and bewildering) ++. Most soulful and heartfelt music of the 80’s and 90’s is Gospel music +++. Mass sell off of old books by public libraries xx. Bulk mail red tape is so massive it ruins it for all small publishers xx. Tableaux vivants ,’living pictures’,the dressing up and posing like, famous paintings . Ex. The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters +. ‘Click and Clack’, PBS car repair talk show – auto mechanic fun+. Roman numbers seem like an affectation x. Arabic number led to all higher math +. Musea E-mail Club, open to all, weekly e-mail updates, assorted rants, and a list of all the things I get ‘in my mail – e and snail’ ++.”Twilight Zone’ 60’s tv show was great sci-fi, horror, and fantasy “to serve man” +. Excess packaging for products to better showoff on the shelf – total waste of natural resources x.Cowboy and Western tv and film heroes (and good singers too) such as Gene Autrey, Hopalong Cassidy, and Roy Rogers +. Www.Spaceflightnow great site for up to date space science news +. Idea – if the 10 largest advertisers put a years ad money into a CBA (community bank account) the interest would probably end poverty on the planet +. This ones for zinesters of the 90’s – T.R Miller and his cartoon character Loohey were so maudlin-ly awful that they’ve become a cult classic that all of us still talk about x+x+. Squeezing a musician or painter’s hand too tightly x. Rayotypes – a type of photo invented by surreal photographer/painter Man Ray – place objects on undeveloped film , expose, and see surreal magic develop +. Ammi Phillips, New England limner +. Plus all other refreshing and deeply individualistic American folk art ++. SUV – suburban housewife tanks x. Thorstein Veblen, author of “the Theory of the Leisure Class” invents and defines the word ‘consipuous consumption at the turn of the last century +. TV, radio, and magazines, treating non-targeted audiences (the ones advertisers can’t sell to) as invisible. Where are the shows for poor or over 52, or the non-gullible x. TV show idea, Soapbox, where 1 noted figure each show, can speak his mind without interruption +.Paying for your movie ticket by giving the box office clerk pennies, nickels, dimes and Sacagawea dollars x. Age discrimination where all mainstream actors, musicians, etc. have to be around 20. Where are all the great older character actors x Movie posters – not as artistically done as those painted works from the heyday of Hollywood x. Zine Yearbook – Jen Angel and company celebrating the years best from zines ++. Forbidden Gallery in Dallas – gallery art that doesn’t look like gallery art cause its ,fun, and offbeat – low brow highbrow +. Zine review zines like Zine World (I write for them), Xerography Debt, 10 Page News, Fanzine Fanatique, Zine Guide, Death Ship, etc. +. Idea – Zines have plenty of review sites – other arts hardly any – Musea’s idea of starting an online review site to guarantee fair reviews for all artists of all kinds, anywhere in the world, for a processing fee small enough to not hurt the artists, but big enough to continue and improve the site +++. Catch phrase for such a site “Audition for the World”+. Stephen Jay Gould, writer of smart and fascinating essays on all aspects of biology and evolution +. Home decorating excess – either its the warehouse look where expensive antiques are stacked to the ceiling, or its the minimal look cold and morgue like xx. Children’s book illustrators (see Musea’s guide to best of) +.Textbooks limit the course to one point of view (and in the case of biology it’s usually slanted ) . Dump textbooks x, and use a library of sources instead +.Cometbus Omnibus, a collection of the perzine writings of Aaron, one of the best of zine writers +. “Dear Mr. Mackin” collected letters from this consumer defense corporate poet and one of the funniest and most celebrated zine writers +. Rolling Stone magazine, Joe Siegel –
these film reviewers seem to like everything x. Asking when the midnight film will start x. Junk food in schools – there is a reason they call it junk x. T-shirst with ads – you’re just being a stooge if you’re wearing these and not getting paid for it – the sweatshop workers are getting more x.Great Trinity Forest – the largest unspoiled forest within any major city – Dallas protect this ++.Beannie Babies – cute stuffed toys of all kinds of creatures is bound to come back in style ++. Best autobiographies: “Confessions ” St Augustine, ‘Autobiography of Cellini’, ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’, Darwin, ‘Diary of a Young Girl’, Anne Frank, ‘Autobiography of Ben Franklin’, letters from Van Gogh, ‘Two Years Before the Mast’, Richard Dana, ‘Confessions’, Rousseau. ‘Walden’, Henry David Thoreau, Pepys Diaries, Travels of Marco Polo, all ++. My Davy Crockett watch given to me at age 9 – still works +. Companies that say they MUST pass on all extra costs to consumer – how about swallowing loss, or reducing salaries instead x. Being put on hold by a machine x. ’56 station wagons – cool designs +. Quaker minister Edward Hicks painted 60 versions of “A Peacable Kingdom” +. Microsoft – if they’re so innovative, why can’t they make a computer easy to use xx. Quatro –
the Musea invented form of poetry that takes Haiku a step further with only 4 words (or word phrases) per poem ++. Women’s painted arched brows – too high and you look like a startled doll, horizontal and you look smarter x/+. The Big 5, the 5 recording companies that monopolize the business through lobbying (RIAA) or through lawyer assaults, NOT through quality xx. Media who refuses to ask musicians how they feel that their record companies have to PAY radio to play them xx. Publishers that have to pay bookstores to stock their authors’s books xx. Johnny Weissmuller – the best movie Tarzan +. Histories by W. H. Prescott such as “Conquest of Mexico (1843) and Conquest of Peru (1847) +. World’s largest porch, Mackinaw Island (and car free island too) +. Directors who write their own scripts and musicians that write their own songs – leave it to the pros please xx. Musea product for sale: Dehydrated bottled water from Dallas called, “Big D Hydro-oxy Dehydrated Mixture” – just ad water. With this ad slogan “A breath of fresh air” because people really WILL buy antyhing ??? The most requested film at the box office, “What are we seeing” x. Rule – ads have 3 attempts to invade your home and sell you something – BUT if you don’t buy they must stop the onslaught of phone calls, junk mail, spam, etc. ++.If Apple was going to make a basic computer for the bulk of us: surf, e-mail, print, and some extras; they would have done it by now xx – someone should. One mega store carries 650 brands of cheese – if they carried 600 and by giving up the other 50 we ended hunger – would you do it ??? Guitar distortion, nowadays its innovative NOT to use it x. Almost all paintings are right side heavy, due to our 2 hemisphere brain system +. ‘The Psychology of Keys’ (in music) – the Musea article shows how you can tell the feeling of music just by knowing what key it is played in +. Conceptual art – a joke without a punchline xx. Best fairy tales collections in western literature: Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, La Fontaine, Aesop, Perrault ++. The disease AIDS didn’t originate on the ultra-
rich upper east side of Manhattan, it came from one of the poorest spots on the planet – ending poverty also ends diseases from poverty +++. Slump – broadway, modern dance, opera, radio, tv, films, etc. Everything seems to be in a low period, a funk a dip in the excitment, and poised for something new. This isn’t a golden age of anything xx -except Zines, Mail Art,some Net Websites, and an Art Rev. ++++. Laura Schlessinger Radio Show is OK – hard advice for dreamers and the ethcally challenged +. Most website layouts – too busy, too cluttered – 3 buttons for every page, badly designed, and becoming standard operating procedure x. Dancing style “Hum and Move” the Musea originated style is simplicity itself (follow the directions in the title) – getting dance away from the brink of absurdidy +. People in ads that are so race indistinguishable that they can’t offend anyone (sort of a sepia black-hispanic-white person x. It’s a media goldmine, news story that follows these rules: 1. Doesn’t effect anyone other than a handful, 2. Has 2 equally argumentable sides. 3, Is a scandal. Ex. OJ trial, Cuban kid in Florida, etc. An excuse for the media to avoid real journalism by exploiting tragedy on the grounds that we want it xx. Prolific artists – a key to talent is doing a lot of work – and all the best do ++. City planning that allows growth beyond the one person vision thing +. Reading sections in cafes where no one talks +. Red Cross handling of 9/11 money x. Musea’s guide to the best movies from 1897-2000 with about 5-10 selections per year ++. Radio –
Kid Cradick , touchy feely; Kelly, bitchy; Al, amazed at both of their excesses – watered down Sterne x. PBS radio Prairie Home Companion, fun Lutheran humor in the subtle Bob and Ray way+. FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, media watchdog ++. Robert Stigel cartoons on SNL +. “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack. Great music outside of Corporate Art, seems so much more authentic – true for all ‘roots’ music ++. Network TV programming: ABC – touchy feely Disney –
too often false sentiment, CBS – bland programming for the old, ex. 60 minutes, NBC – yuppie network Fox – carnival programming, UPN – Star Trek and some African American sitcoms, WB – teen town x. Musea idea Short Story Films – if a 2 hour movie portrays a novel, then a short story film does the same for a short story – compressed and succinct film storytelling ++. On trendy dressers,’mannequins are the first to wear the new styles’ – Art S Rev. +. Hey Dinosaur rockers from the 50’s 60’s – how about a hit? How can 2 generations of creative genuises go 30 years without a single decent hit among you xx. Expand Fair Park with Musea suggested attractions such as, a board game and cards playhouse where anyone can play all the games+, a FP pool in the shape of Texas +, the worlds largest sandbox with daily buried trinkets for the kids to uncover +, toy house in the shape of a giant Shoe (like in Mother Goose) where kids can rent ‘to play’ toys on those toy grounds +, a merry go round, not of horses, but space ships, comets, Saturn, and the Moon +, State fair Midway all summer, etc. +++. Also note Musea blocks idea in our salute to kids issue #55 +. How come aliens have no fashion sense – except Marvin the Martian from the old WB cartoons +. Crude and rude tv, records, radio is ok in moderation but if no alt. then it is excessive xx. Musea’s essay on English spelling reforms (#42) ++.Fine artist, American painter, Robert Henri’s philosophy on painting, classic, The Art Spirit” +.Betty Paige – best pin-up model +.Musea chapbooks: Art Revolutionary’s Handbook, Moon Tea (children’s poems and stories), Invaders (sci-fi in verse) All About Nothing (G.K.H. Bryant essays) Rating the 60’s Concerts (Woody Stock) The Philosopher (tale by G.K.H. Bryant) Medusa, (the first Greek Play in 2,000 Years), and these recordings: Tom’s Favorites from 12 By 12, and Hunkasaurus & His Pet Dog Guitar – ++. Plus two larger Musea publications, Portraits (novel about art and artists) Best of Musea the 1st 50 Issues (book) ++. Plus over 100 issues of Musea +++. Songs, “Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night” , Tom Waits, “Time after Time” Cyndi Lauper, and any singles by Bananarama, +. Literary dinosaurs – the same ole same ole in mainstream lit Clancy, King Steel, etc x. DMN idea of turning “Old Red” the restored 1892 Dallas county courthouse, into a museum for the county ++. Public – speak out if you like an artist or his work. Tell them. Most artist’s work enters a black hole of no response . If we do the work, you do the response x. ASCAP and BMI, neither royalty gathering association will support their songwriter members by challenging the 5 company monopoly of music xx. Financial Consultant –
Dickens character Mr. Micawber, “Annual income, twenty pounds; annual expenditure, nineteen pounds; result, happiness. Annual income, twenty pounds; annual expenditure, twenty one pounds; result, misery.” ++. Theater in megaplexes – idea of 4 or 5 theater companies setting up in the same building and offering nightly fair at movie prices for any of 5 different types of plays +++. School Uniforms – yes let’s teach kids that it is imperative to squeeze out any ounce of originality in fashion – and perhaps destroy all other non-group thinking too xx. 20Th centurey poetry – except for Frost and certain classics here and there – a ‘Wasteland” xx. Cartoon by Hoest and Reiner, couple looking at abstract painting, “I think it’s about man’s inhumanity to art” +. NAACP refuses to do much of anything about AIDS or genicide in Africa xx. Country singers Hank William (and a great composer) George Jones, Willie Nelson +. Zoo’s, circuses, rodeos, natural history museums, etc. +. Sothebys and Christies – the two main auction houses were caught price fixing xx. 60’S groups lost in all the great music, Bread and The Association +. How-to painting shows on tv, seldom talk about any art development past 1860 such as Impressionism, post impressionism, cubism, abstraction, – why the time freeze x. Musea’s intro and guide to the internet – issue 70 +. Soft drinks – ok in plastic, better in cans, best in glass bottles x-+. Freedom of speech – priceless +++++. Design of concert tickets – ugly and boring x. Two early 60’s British invasion bands that had great hits then folded; Dave Clark Five and Gerry and the Pacemakers +. After 50 years of fast food – still nothing healthy on the menu x. Best painter couple Diega Rivera and Frida Kahlo (runners up Jackson Pollock and wife, and friends Degas and Cassatt) +. Ansel Adams – cold black and white photos with breathtaking views +. Proofreading job – Finnigan’s Wake by Joyce xxx. Architectural drawings as melodrama, Giovanni Battista Piranesis +. Horatio Alger series of books for kids with pluck +. PBS ads, or rather being too chummy with underwriters xx. Do you think 4 chords is one too many, and a Major 7th is an army officer? If so your taste in music is probably bad – listen and learn x. Magic slates –
the children’s toy is a great tool for artist studies – make a quick study, lift the page and start again +. Best concerts in a theater box office (only concerts in a theater box office) Hunk and PD +. Also note his 27 MP3’s on our website to freely download and for groups looking for songs, Musea has 1,200 compositions in every format ready to record ++. British type mysteries by John Dickson Carr +. Pulp and paperback sci-fi covers from 30-50’s +. Can any artist carry popularity from one decade to the next – it seems hard to do. We’re left with 50’s greats, 60’s, 70’s, etc. ?? Architectural style – the glass box x. Literary fetish – submission = Maugham. Literary obssession – money = Balzac +. Best make-out albums – Jackie Gleason’s orchestra recordings with its soulful trumpets – yes that ‘s Ralph Kramden +. Let’s stop here. More to come in part two – Art S Revolutionary. c. Tom Hendricks 2002. Musea, 4000 Hawthorne #5 Dallas, Tx. 75219. e: tomhendricks474@cs.com . url : http://musea.digitalchainsaw.com

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Book Baby

April 27, 2017

Book Baby Storefront is another online store for all my books. Each of my book titles is listed separately.

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Cendrillon

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Downtown-With-The-Book-of-Renown

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Library-Planet

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Portraits

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Ten-Short-and-Short-Short-Plays

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Writings-In-Science

Here are four covers.

Writings In Science, sci-fi novel and real science

March 2, 2017

Science study, Intestinal Bacteria Alter Gut and Brain Function, from Science Daily supports my sci-fi novel (Writings in Science) suggestion that future doctors start at the ENS, or gut brain for all ailments not genetic or from accident). I go further and suggest that gut gene transfer from mother to child is an important part of evolution. (Besides bio ideas, there are a lot of physics too. Please look for my novel streaming at all the main sites on the net and see reviews at link below.

FROM ARTICLE

Interestingly, the authors noted that since the study showed that microbiota in the gut can influence the brain, it “adds to evidence suggesting that the intestinal microbiota may play some role in the spectrum of brain disorders ranging from mood or anxiety to other problems that may include autism, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.” However, they added that further work is required to better define the relationship in these conditions.

FROM NOVEL

There may be a type of bacteria gene transfer on the female side from mother to child through the gut bacteria the mother passes on to her child’s intestinal tract. She does this through vaginal birth, breast feeding, etc.

SCIENCE IS LIKE. (Just for fun, from the novel.)

Science is like
Zeno and his Turtle.
This good theory
is half way closer,
and the one up next
is closer still.

https://musea.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/writings-in-science-sci-fi-first-5-reviews/

Musea #200 The PEOPLE Issue – all 100 pages

January 27, 2017

For those who did not get one of the few copies by mail, here is the entire 200th issue of Musea the PEOPLE issue on my website.

Many of you are in it and there are lots of gossip and celebrities – I name names such as all those listed in this teaser page.

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Reader, you will find all this inside and more:

Why did shock jock Russ Martin tie me to a chair with duct tape? Why did Frank Zappa call KNON while I was working there?
Which Musea cover was printed upside down?
Why was my $1,000,000 Collage at 500 X titled Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews. Where was the best deep dish in Deep Ellum?
Why was the Inwood Theater gassed that night?
Why couldn’t the TV repairman hook Stanley Marcus up to cable? Did Musea find a photo of Cy Twombly developing his style on a blackboard? What was in that Musea Stand Gift Box every Christmas at the Inwood? What photo from Charlton Heston’s wife, did Musea run on one of our Covers? Is one of my zine friends perhaps the Best Painter around?
Why did Dallas Luxury Magazine run a full page picture of me? What were Inwood Box Office Concerts?
What did Drive in Movie Critic, Joe Bob Briggs say about Musea? What happened when H. L. Hunt wanted to buy a photograph of himself for $10? Why was I forced out of the Inwood Theater after working there for 24 years? What did Maximum Rock n Roll say about the AACA logo?
Where did the Esquire Theater’s Neon Painter’s Palette end up? Which unassuming Dallas writer/artist wrote the next Pascal’s, Pensees? How did Musea get in the center of a Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer feud. Who praised Mary Parker for sculptural reliefs from plumbing parts? Which 12 By 12 musician recently had a single of his, sell on Ebay for $887.77? What was Joe Christ like in person?
What musicians recorded a song of mine, then went on to national fame as a trio. What does Musea know about Slack?
When does the Midnight Movie start?
Why did my fellow workers ask David Byrne for his autograph for me? Which music engineer did I work with that had a Gold Record on her office wall? What happened when a stage hand moved Ray Charles mike?
Was Morgan Fairchild beautiful and friendly in person?
Who seemed to need more approval, Joseph Heller, or Nora Ephron? What guitar accessory does Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunkasaurus have in common? What did Mickey Rooney say to me as he passed by at NorthPark?
Who are the five, Frida and Diego type couples, where both partners are fine artists? Did Musea find a photograph of Cinderella?
Why did I go to Freddie King’s house?
Who stole my zines at the first Art Revolution Festival – I really want to know! Who was Sweater Vest, The Crazy Nurse, or the Popcorn Lady?
Why won’t Willie Nelson’s lawyers let him hear my song, The Ballad of Willie Nelson? Why did the lawyers from Warner Brothers write me?
Why did I get a check from Greg Abbot for $13.88?
When was the last moment of modern art?
Which local guitar hero was sitting in my seat at the Paul McCartney concert? And finally; how did this 8 page Musea 200th issue turn into Tom’s Tome?

Censored Art News

January 19, 2017

Censored Art News.

Those who protest major media say that many important political issues are never covered. They rightly fight against censored news. I agree. The press should go beyond the scandal of the few and cover the issues of the millions.

But the problem is more than censored political or social issues. There is censored art news. This article looks at some major art stories that are seldom talked about.

When was the last time you heard a protest song on any mainstream radio station? Should all protest be banned from the airwaves? Should the only recordings that are sanctioned by radio be bland, safe, and blanched of any challenging thought in the lyrics? And should no reporter, or art critic, ever write about this issue?

The lack of protest songs on radio, covers one problem; but censored arts, is not confined to radio or to music. It is in all major media, and it’s in all arts coverage. Those who research the record of what’s been reported and what has not been reported in major media outlets will find it is true.

For 24 years as editor of the media and art zine, Musea, I have written about these issues over and over with example after example. Yet my zine was far from the first to do so.

Ben Bagdikian, in his groundbreaking 1983 book, “The Media Monopoly” spoke out against the consolidation of the media into too few hands. He worried that there were 50 major media companies. Now it’s closer to ten and some claim six, The Big Six!

These same media conglomerates now control most of the mainstream arts and entertainment too. They not only make the art and distribute the art; but through their media and entertainment outlets, they promote the art, and review the art. And, not surprisingly, when they review their art, they usually give themselves great reviews. This mess is called synergy. It should be called illegal. The control of the arts of a nation should never be in so few hands. Governments should never let that happen.

The arts are the soul and lifeblood of a nation. It is its culture. The culture of a country is not up for bid. The people, and the government of the people should oppose any system that allows only corporate arts to be promoted and reviewed; while all independent arts are marginalized, censored, or kept from reasonable coverage.

Here are examples of censored stories in the arts.

1. There are less than ten major conglomerates that control much of the following; making of the art, distribution of the art, the entertainment outlets that promote the arts, and the media that reviews the arts.

2. Three CEO’s from Warners, Universal, and Sony control 80% of the music business. They have made it clear that only teen pop will be promoted, and only by the same stars. The rest of the music world is marginalized out of most coverage, reviews, awards shows, etc. For best music quality, there should be thousands of competing companies, not three. The quality and variety of mainstream music is at an all time low and hasn’t changed much in 10 years.

3. The few major book publishing companies give huge unwarranted book advances to politicians for their books. This seems like a legal way to buy influence for both the publishing company and the parent company that owns them.

4. NPR has revenue sharing on all books and music sold through it’s website. That means they get money back when they are able to promote and help sell music or books. This seems more like a kickback to me. Musicians and writers opposed to this, are never reviewed or written about on NPR. All songs are not considered.

5. There is a Public Domain crisis. Media and art conglomerates are using their power to extend their intellectual rights to works that should long ago have entered the public domain. Perhaps the biggest example is the image of Mickey Mouse.

6. The FCC, Federal Communications Commission, too often sides with media conglomerates to block competing independents from the radio dial. That includes many low power FM stations. The airwaves should be regulated by the government, not offered for sale by the government.

7. The cost of tickets is excessive. Prices for tickets to concerts, films, theater, etc. is exorbitant. Many best seats go to promoters, and press. The audience is denied best seating, and is treated shabbily. One company, Ticketmaster dominates the industry.

8. Most people hate ads, but the media will not write about any group that opposes the abuses of advertising. Examples include those who oppose advertising to children, product placement in shows, pop up ads, false claims in ads, ads that oppose sharing, ad tactics that trump personal privacy, ad targeting strategies,15 minute advertising blocks on radio, billboard clutter, etc.

9. NPR and PBS are shifting more and more from listener and viewer control to corporate control. This slow change has influenced much of their programming. To give two examples, all comments have been dropped on the NPR website, and the Ombudsman’s role has diminished in power to paper tiger status.

10. The media, when talking about consolidation of the arts and media into fewer and fewer hands, stresses the price for customers as the major problem of consolidation. What they seldom question is that the quality of the arts suffers, diversity of opinions is lost, and any protest of content is blocked.

11. There is a problem of cut and paste art journalism, where press releases from major corporations are printed as unbiased news articles or reviews.

12. No one can protest art reviewers. They praise and fluff up mediocre work so as to not anger major corporations and loose access to their popular artists. More and more arts are presented as subjective works that cannot be judged on quality, instead of objective arts that can and should be critiqued. Best seller lists celebrate sales, not quality. The public is not allowed to challenge reviewers.

13. There is a lack of access to reviews for any art not controlled by those conglomerates. Only big budget corporate works get reviewed. Many daily newspapers have only one reporter covering all local arts. There is seldom any coverage of city art centers, local theater productions, local dance groups, or other local arts. This limits the pool of art that the public is exposed to, and chooses from.

14. No local music is played on most local radio stations, no local films are played in most theater chains, no local TV shows are played on most TV stations. And no one is allowed to protest all this.

15. There is seldom coverage or reviews of websites or online artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other types of artists. For example, there are thousands of press releases for Hollywood films, but no reviews for the thousands and thousands of independent films on Youtube.

16. There is seldom talk of the mass marketing of paintings, and painting reproduction technology that would shift art from museums and galleries to painting copies exhibited anywhere. There is no talk of all the online artists, painters, and sculptors that are outside mainstream art. There is no coverage of critics of modern art such as the worldwide Stuckists advocacy group.

17. No protest songs are allowed. Songs on almost all mainstream radio are blanched and sanitized from carrying any social message, challenging idea, or political thought. Neil Young has a website page with links to over 3,000 protest songs from artists from all over the world, none of which are ever played on major radio. But the problem is not just with radio. Media will seldom cover any artist that protests; and never if those artists protest abuses of corporate sponsors or corporate behavior.

18. Seldom is there any news of any minority arts of any kind, or those who advocate for fair coverage for minority artists. The same goes for foreign arts, the art of local schools or universities, arts that appeal to seniors, or arts that appeal to children. Most of these ostracized groups, are not a targeted group for advertisers, so their art is marginalized. This business strategy maximizes profits for corporate art that targets a narrow age group of consumers who do buy.

19. There is no coverage of zines or the era of desktop publishing in the nineties, the last major publishing movement before the internet. This was also the last golden age of literature in the world. The entire original writings and literature of a generation have been scraped from the history books. Many well meaning people take a day each year to talk about censored books. But do they understand the breadth and scope of the thousands of zines that have been censored because they were not corporate sanctioned publishing?

20. Movie theater workers are paid the lowest wages and benefits allowed by law. No story of minimum wages has ever discussed theater workers. No media dares to offend Hollywood millionaires, and challenge them to support fair wages for the people selling the tickets. Media talks about the millions each picture makes in weekly box office reports, but never the low wages and benefits of theater workers.

21. There is seldom coverage of price fixing in the arts.

22. So called major media watchdogs turn their backs on problems of art coverage in the media.

23. There is no talk of unions connected to the arts in the major media.

24. There is no coverage of the art and media conglomerates attempt to control the internet, by buying up popular independent websites, squeezing out independents, and lobbying the government to support all this by regulations and laws.

25. Quality doesn’t count. Throughout history the best arts were also the most celebrated. The best artists had the best chance at rewarding careers in the arts. Today these best and brightest are marginalized; while generic corporate clones are the only ones allowed major promotion and reviews. Now, for the first time in history, the world of arts is upside down, generic arts are celebrated, and great art is marginalized.

26. The media has set up no fair way to be challenged in anything they do in arts coverage. That includes when they report false facts, distort the news, refuse most investigative reporting, promote scandal over issues, and reduce most art journalism to a moderator who asks rehearsed guests, “What do you think?” No arts advocates are allowed to appear as guests on any major media to talk about the problems of so much of the arts controlled by so few hands.

27. There is a new paradigm in the country. The political division of liberal versus conservative is changing. More and more the paradigm is the people versus the power of corporations. Both compete for control of the government. This is clear in all the arts as well. The story never reported is how a few media and art conglomerates marginalize independents. They lobby the government to pass laws and regulations that promote them at the expense of all their competitors. Everyone looses but a few corporations. There are fewer voices and less variety in the arts. Quality suffers.

Finally we should ask ourselves, do all the arts deserve our attention and respect. Does the business of arts deserve fair play? Does the media have a responsibility to cover all arts and all arts issues? My answer is a resounding yes. Time for a change!

* The Big Six are; Comcast, Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, CBS Corporation, and Viacom. (Wikipedia.)
** The problem of coverage of the arts concerns both the press of the right and the left. Liberal watchdogs such as FAIR, Ralph Nader, TYT, Project Censored, Move On, Occupy Wall Street, etc. have not covered censored art news any more than the most conservative press. All things are NOT considered.


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