01. What’s at stake in claims of “post-racial” media?
Tracy Morgan, comedic actor best known for his role as comedic performer Tracy Jordan on the NBC series 30 Rock (2006+), trumpeted America’s supposed post-racial identity at the Golden Globe Awards in January 2009. When 30 Rock was awarded Best Musical or Comedy Television Series, he gleefully snatched the statuette from Tina Fey, creator and star of the series, quipping, “Tina Fey and I had an agreement that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on.” He continued, “Welcome to post-racial America! I am the face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett! We’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press … especially me, ’cause a black man can’t get no love at the Emmys. I love you, Europe! That’s what’s up!” (Flow TV).
02. Chevrolizing Chevy
“For a while last week, General Motors was telling employees at its Chevrolet headquarters to stop using the word Chevy, explaining it was important for brand “consistency.” After a report in The Times provoked a widespread “Huh?,” Chevrolet said it was talking about expanding foreign markets and was not “discouraging customers or fans from using” Chevy. But the original effort, and the response, left us thinking about the emotional tie of automobile names and their evanescence.” (NYT).
03. Tom Wool: In the Shadow of Everest
“When photographer Tom Wool went to Tibet’s Rongbuk Valley in 2001, he followed the route taken during the first British expeditions through this area, including that taken by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine as they attempted their ill-fated Everest climb in 1924. Accompanied by two yakmen and a tiny horse over the course of a month’s time, Wool came to realize how little this area had changed since those early expeditions. His black-and-white photographs now on view at the Rubin Museum of Art capture a harsh terrain that has been populated by Buddhist monks and yogis, and inhabited by yaks, sheep, and goats for centuries.” (Dart).
04. AD Classics: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort / Michael Graves
“In a world where anything in your imagination can become a reality, Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida stayed true to their word and hired architect Michael Graves to design a resort consisting of two hotels that would become part of Disney’s famous collection of “entertainment architecture.” Graves’ postmodern, colorful style was the perfect choice for the playful themepark resort, and his whimsical design decisions and statues of grandeur contribute to the famous Disney kingdom. The theme for the design of the hotels sprung right from its early conceptual stages, where Graves developed an entire story to create characters for both the Swan and the Dolphin in a magical tale that he thought could potentially become Disney characters.” (ArchDaily).
05. R. Kelly’s “Sign of Victory” World Cup Anthem (Above).