Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The State Of Journalism and Librarian Exercise Video

Journalism is becoming less of a career and more of a dinosaur vocation every day. For those that don't believe it, I hereby present the case of this gentleman, Nate Thayer, who hasn't been working in journalism as long as I have (I have about three years on him) but still has obvious chops in the media industry, certainly more national stories published than I have, and he STILL has to put up with editors trying to get his work for free. Disgusting. I have to note that one of my former professors during grad school was C Michael Curtis, who was an editor at this publication, back in the day.


This is pretty funny: -->
History of Librarian Exercise Videos: 1987 Edition

the headline "Where Van Halen Meets Librarians: The Weirdest Thing You
will See Today," video archeologists at the AbeBooks blog unveiled their
latest find: the "Betty Glover Library Workout Tape Ad
spoof, made in 1987 by an Arizona State University student. The video
"claims to offer librarians a way to fight slack muscles and flab while
in their element, with such exercises as the vertical drawer pull, and
horizontal drawer pull, and rapid-fire stapling."

Books translated to movies are becoming more common each year. Now if they'd just take more science fiction/fantasy books and put them on the screen, or even better, science fiction/romance or space opera hybrids, I'd be a happy camper!

Thanks to the success of programs like Game of Thrones and The Walking
Dead, book-to-television adaptations are a hot ticket
as the networks prepare for a new pilot season.

"Here is an anecdote a producer shared with me during the pitch portion
of this development season," wrote Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
"He'd taken a writer to a network meeting. The writer poured his heart
out pitching a show based on his life, but the network executive
appeared uninterested, barely paying attention. As they were heading
out, the producer mentioned he also had the rights to a book. Upon
hearing the title, the executive's eyes immediately lit up. 'I'll buy
that show,' the exec exclaimed before even hearing what the book was
about. This has been the case over and over this season, with the
networks going hard and heavy after book adaptations and remakes of TV
shows and movies, betting on underlying material as well as the familiar
or catchy titles that come with it."

Included among the upcoming "slew of literary adaptations" are:
CBS: Backstrom, based on the books by Leif G.W. Persson; Anatomy of
Violence (Adrian Raine's The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots
of Crime); Intelligence (unpublished book by John Dixon); Under the Dome
(Stephen King's novel)
Fox: Delirium (Lauren Oliver's trilogy); I Suck at Girls (Justin
Halpern's book)
NBC: Girlfriend in a Coma (Douglas Coupland's novel), Undateable
(Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do that Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or
Having Sex by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle), The Secret Lives of
Husbands and Wives (Josie Brown's novel); To My Future Assistant (blog
and upcoming book by Lydia Whitlock)
CW: The Hundred (based on the books by Kass Morgan); The Selection
(novel by Keira Cass)
ABC: The Returned (upcoming novel by Jason Mott)
FX: The Strain (Guillermo del Toro's vampire novel trilogy)

In addition, there are several "contemporary takes on the literary
classics" in the works, including Fox drama pilot Sleepy Hollow
(Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), NBC's Wonderland
(Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and ABC's Venice
(Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet).

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