The Textual, Tactile, Tittilating, Tantrum-ridden, Totally multimedia musings & sometime portfolio of Dangerfield Newby, by and through is instrument on Earth, Christopher Alan Chambers. Newby died in 1859 in John Brown's raid on the federal company town of Harpers Ferry. White townspeople fed his dead body to pigs. He joined Brown to forstall the sale of his wife, not to start a revolution. And in dying, he started a revolution. His body's long disintegrated into loam; his consciousness survives in bits and bytes. Enjoy. Engage. Enrage.
Chambers is alive, of course, and lives 80 miles from Harpers Ferry in Washington DC. He teaches at Georgetown University, contributes to RT America, MSNBC and Smithsonian Magazine.
Me examining Scott Pelley’s speech at Quinnipiac University on TV news fails. Mea Culpa? Inside view on how the sausage is made…or genuflecting to be one with his predecessors, Saint Cronkite and Saint Murrow?
Tonight in one of our lab session my students mull Mr. Justice Brennan’s dicta in Rosenbloom v. Metromedia ”Voluntarily or not, we are all ‘public’ men to some degree” with the notion we are all public figures in this age, even 13 yr old with a sports blog and yearns to Tweet, or a 15 yr old who posts regularly to Instagram, Facebook. Now that’s a “chilling effect” for you…
Cast and producers of NBC’s new “apolitical sitcom” 1600 Penn at the National Press Club. Despite the pedigree of both cast and crew, it is utterly derivative, right down to knockoffs of Donald Glover and Jonah Hill/Chris Farley/Bluto, and Bristol Palin (if Bristol was at Princeton. Yes, I know). Pullman is playing himself playing presidents. Elfman’s best days were on Dharma & Greg ( which matched her real life charm and intelligence). This is not the West Wing with a laugh track. Younger demos will be watching pay cable; older more sophisticated folks will be watching “Scandal.” This is purely for the inane “Modern Family” crowd.
Of course, now they are on their way to the White House for a screening…
Professor Chambers, my emissary, speaking on Abby Martin’s “Breaking the Set” on RT America. Every journalist should be a muckracker, a troublemaker, a teacher. And brave. Maybe it wouldn’t have taken America 150 years to understand me were that true.