25 Sep 2006
Jeff and I just got back from the first preview of The Times They Are A-Changin’, the new musical using Bob Dylan’s songs and directed by Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out). According to the production website, the show is an “action-adventure fable” which “tel[s]l the story of young man, Coyote, and his attempt to break away from his father, Capt. Ah Rab, and his fatherâ€™s traveling circus,” using “Tharpâ€™s traditional no-holds-barred style, incorporates everything from trampolines, stilts, skateboards and rope tricks.”
Well, Tharp has rescued a show from a troubled preview period before, so maybe she’ll work her magic again; because what’s on stage right now doesn’t really make a lot of sense. At least Michael Arden sings pretty. But somehow I can’t imagine choral arrangements of “Blowin’ in the Wind” appealing to Dylan’s core fans.
6 Sep 2006
5 Sep 2006
Since last year, I’ve been using a Facebook account I created for my dorm to reach out to my students and advertise programs, etc. While I’ve tried to turn a blind eye to some of the things I’ve seen online (though I did report the inappropriate anti-Matt group created last year), I continue to worry about the excessive amounts of information students share about themselves (opening themselves to identity theft, ruined reputations when they look for a job, and stalking).
Facebook introduced a new feature today called Feeds, which may have the unintentional effect of finally waking students to protect themselves online. When you log in, you see a chronological view of your “friends” new photos, comments, and profile changes. You can see that Friend A now lists “Lost” as a favorite TV show, or that Friend B is newly single.
On one hand, I think it’s a pretty neat application of internal RSS feeds. But the student feedback I’ve read so far has been overwhelmly negative (the site is now labeled “Stalkerbook”). They don’t seem to realize that someone keeping close tabs on your profile could have seen all these changes in information anyway.
Fred Stutzman, a Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill who has emerged as one of the leading researchers on the Facebook phenomenon, has some thoughts on what’s actually at work…
4 Sep 2006
Mak, over at Cows in the Barn blogged that the Sunday 3am repeat of a 1982 SNL featured Jennifer Holliday singing songs from DREAMGIRLS. The problem was that he blogged this on Sunday morning, too late for anyone (me) to set their TiVos.