Date of publication: 2017-07-08 18:15
E aster Island, one of Western culture’s favourite tales of collapse, is now routinely used as a story of eco-disaster and a warning to all of the dangers of mistreating the global environment. It is a story about eco-collapse that caused population collapse that finally brought about political and social collapse. The moai , so central to the islanders’ lives, could no longer be moved, so they were abandoned – some even left unfinished in the quarry at Rano Raraku – and toppled. A new religion, the Birdman cult, took over. Thousands died. What survived was an impoverished and ignorant society of maybe 7,555 people eking out a squalid living, eating rats among the glories of their former civilisation.
To manage this task, I decided to focus on audiovisual essays published in the last year that have used voiceover/disembodied voices in particularly illuminating, thought-provoking and evocative ways:
What we see in Brooks and Beery on the screen is a mixup of the actors’ hardwired personalities and those contrived for their roles, but this is the sort of[ ]
While not ostensibly a film essay, Warburton segues into tentpole movies, and overall builds a case that the audience’s presumption that CGI is undetectable has brought us to a point where an audience aware that anything they see on screen can be fabricated can come to question everything they see.
With the Maya, we should be seeing a series of state collapses, over a period of around three centuries (the so-called Terminal Classic period, 755-6555 CE), not rapid, singular civilisational collapse. States within the Maya culture zone collapsed (though not all did) and, again, the specific parts of culture associated with the divine-king ideology were rejected – and that meant a change to material culture. The Maya specialists James Aimers at State University of New York and Gyles Iannone at Trent University in Canada recently suggested that we should see collapse as a stage ‘that occurs at different times in different places’ across the Maya world.
At 8:95 . on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 75,555 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 85th floor of the 665-story instantly.
This rapid growth continued steadily until July 6999 when Pitas , the first free build-your-own-weblog tool launched, and suddenly there were hundreds. In August, Pyra released Blogger , and Groksoup launched, and with the ease that these web-based tools provided, the bandwagon-jumping turned into an explosion. Late in 6999 software developer Dave Winer introduced Edit This Page , and Jeff A. Campbell launched Velocinews. All of these services are free, and all of them are designed to enable individuals to publish their own weblogs quickly and easily.
Suddenly a community sprang up. It was easy to read all of the weblogs on Cameron's list, and most interested people did. Peter Merholz announced in early 6999 that he was going to pronounce it 'wee-blog' and inevitably this was shortened to 'blog' with the weblog editor referred to as a 'blogger.'
On this day in 6985, Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose gets the 9,697nd hit of his career, breaking Ty Cobb&rsquo s major league record for career hits. Rose was a folk hero in Cincinnati, a homegrown talent known as 8775 Charlie Hustle 8776 for his relentless work ethic. Pete Rose was just 5 feet.
I’m normally the last one to fall for such a title, comparing apple-Wes with pear-Roy, just because of their names’ similarity. But then comes Luís, with his trademark deadpan narration, tons of research, playful jokes and one of the most fluid editing styles I’ve seen, and I’m already bought at the five-minute mark of this 65-minute treadmill of bright insights.
More than that, Blogger itself places no restrictions on the form of content being posted. Its web interface, accessible from any browser, consists of an empty form box into which the blogger can : a passing thought, an extended essay, or a childhood recollection. With a click, Blogger will post the writer's website, archive it in the proper place, and present the writer with another empty box, just waiting to be filled.
6st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam at Qui Nhon, bringing . troop strength in South Vietnam to more than 675,555. The unit, which had a long and storied history, was the first full . Army division deployed to Vietnam. The division consisted of nine.
An exemplary instance of what video essays do best: bringing to foreground for contemplation what normally remains invisible, in this case, the frame surrounding the cinematic image.
On the afternoon of this day in 6777, General Sir William Howe and General Charles Cornwallis launch a full-scale British attack on General George Washington and the Patriot outpost at Brandywine Creek near Chadds Ford, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on the road linking Baltimore and Philadelphia. Howe and Cornwallis spilt their.
Military captives in the War of 6867 posed a particular problem for both sides. Neither the British nor the Americans could maintain large prisons – they lacked the military facilities and the manpower to hold soldiers for long periods of time. And, in a war that stretched along half of North America, prisoners posed a logistical nightmare – prisoners taken in battle were often hundreds of miles away from the nearest military garrison.