MMN ep:024 A Face in the Crowd

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This is a first, but I’m sure not a last. New Media talking about Old Media well at least on this show. Today we’re talking about a film “A Face In The Crowd” Director: Elia Kazan 1957
I’ve never seen a more poignant film than this that represents everything that is going on in New Media today.  The idea of a “little radio show” much like a podcast is today launching personalities, to radio and TV personalities having influence over the thoughts of the general public and even big brands wanting a piece of the action because they want to attach their names to a rising star in hopes of selling more product.
Warning, there are some spoilers to the movie as we talk about some key scenes but we didn’t give away the ending or anything like that. All I can say is I encourage everyone to watch this movie even after all this time this movie is more relevant now than ever before.
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This show was off the cuff with our Wednesday morning media group that at Starbucks in Schaumburg.  Drop by or Skype in if you ever want to be a part of nerdy discussions.  When I brought it up in the group I was surprised to hear at at least one other had seen the movie.
On the show:
Tony Gasbarro web
Sean McMenemy webtwitter
Celina Acquaro web
Bill Fortune web
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One Reply to “MMN ep:024 A Face in the Crowd”

  1. Seth

    Good podcast. Sometime this week I read on a blog somewhere that the terms “stereotype” and “cliche” come from the days of typesetting. Not 100% sure if it’s accurate.
    Typesetters, to save time for common phrases and slogans, would create a block of letters to spell out phrase, so they wouldn’t have to set each letter each time for printing. They called that a stereotype. And, once the phrase became so over used and they called it cliche, because that’s the sound it made when it hit the trash can.
    I believe the blog post set typesetter encouraged such phrases because it made their jobs easier.
    I thought of that when you played the clip from the movie during the podcast. I think we are predisposed to a good slogan. Maybe a little too predisposed.

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