A Weekly? In the Twitterverse?
Since I launched this blog, the most frequently asked question is whether I am irrational to make it a weekly. Haven’t I been paying attention to instant newsfeeds, tweets and pings?
Well, it’s precisely because I have been paying attention that this is a Weekly. The easiest way to get un-followed is to tweet too much, and the best way to get un-friended is to tell too much too often. No, I don’t care that you just found a golden egg in FarmVille.
In fact, Cultural Weekly is a kind of rational corrective to “always-on, all-the-time.” Instant is good for breaking news, but this isn’t a news site. This site is about perspective and a bit of reflection. The culture we “consume” has become a commodity, and like all commodities it is designed to be obsolete fairly quickly so we consumers will buy more. We have “fast culture” just like we have fast food. As an antidote, we need a movement for Slow Culture just as there is a movement for Slow Food. That’s what Cultural Weekly is all about.
Good culture is not fast to produce. It takes two or three years to make a movie, and a year, or ten years, to write a book. Even though, as audience members, we may experience the movie or the book in a matter of hours, the quality of our experience is directly related to the time-consuming craftsmanship of the work.
I don’t want this blog to be too perishable. If I and the guest columnists are going to write about a subject, it should include thoughts we’ve considered for at least a week, and it should contain some ideas or information that will keep you thinking for at least a week, too.
By the way, just because I call this a Weekly doesn’t mean I’ll only write once a week, as you have probably noticed already. Just like The Daily Show doesn’t broadcast every day. In fact, The Daily Show only airs 4 days a week. So if that is Daily, this is Weekly.
With that, I’ll encourage you and your friends to subscribe or follow. Cultural Weekly won’t clutter your in-box, and I hope it helps you cut through the clutter of the cultural choices we face every day.
PS: In the spirit of this post, I am taking a week off and will be in Big Sur with no internet access. I’ll moderate comments, answer emails and post again after August 30.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)