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7.6.13 …. Binging on HBO’s The Newsroom: WOW … they broke the NSA’s PRISM Program …

HBO, The Newsroom, NSA’s PRISM: This week, I “binged” on HBO’s The Newsroom.  WOW …  they  broke the NSA’s PRISM Program …

The Newsroom – Episode 8 – The NSA – YouTube.

“The Simpsons Movie” didn’t contain the only pop culture reference to the NSA that predicted the warrantless wiretapping and surveillance of American citizens, as HBO’s “The Newsroom” had an intimate scene describing the exact situation we’re currently dealing with.

The scene takes place in the New York Public Library as Charlie Skinner secretly meets with Solomon Hancock, who makes a peculiar request.

“The project title is ‘Global Clarity,’ and it intercepts 1.7 billion phone calls, emails and texts everyday,” Hancock reveals.

“Legally?” Skinner naively asks.

“No,” Hancock retorts, “it involves a significant amount of illegal, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.”

via HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Predicted And Broke Down The NSA’s PRISM Program Last Year (Video) | Elite Daily.

binge viewing, tv, WSJ.com: 

Binge viewing is transforming the way people watch television and changing the economics of the industry. The passive couch potato of the broadcast era turned into the channel surfer, flipping through hundreds of cable channels. Now, technologies such as on-demand video and digital video recorders are giving rise to the binge viewer, who devours shows in quick succession—episode after episode, season after season, perhaps for $7.99 a month, the cost of a basic Netflix membership. In the past, such sessions required buying stacks of costly DVDs ($66.99 for seasons one through four of “Mad Men”) or special broadcast marathons.

The industry ramifications are bigger than the occasional weekend lost to “Lost.” Bingeing breaks habits that have long supported the TV business, built on advertising and syndicated reruns. TV executives are torn by the development: gratified that people are gorging on their product, frustrated because it’s a TV party that all-important advertisers aren’t invited to. For middlemen like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix, it’s a godsend, boosting their quest to attract and retain subscribers. Writers and producers are just starting to confront the challenges of creating TV for an audience that may digest an entire season in one sitting.

via Binge Viewing: TV’s Lost Weekends – WSJ.com.

“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, Robert Herrick:  In Episode 9, they quoted “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”  by Robert Herrick.  I had never heard of this poem.  But I love shows that make  references to literature and cultural references.

“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” is a poem written by Robert Herrick in the 17th century. The poem is in the genre of carpe diem, Latin for seize the day. The opening stanza, one of his more famous, is as follows:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today,

Tomorrow will be dying.

Theme: Carpe diem[edit]

First published in 1648 in a volume of verse entitled Hesperides, it is perhaps one of the most famous poems to extol the notion of carpe diem. Carpe diem expresses a philosophy that recognizes the brevity of life and therefore the need to live for and in the moment. The phrase originates in Horace’s Ode 1.11.

The opening line, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may”, echoes the Latin phrase collige, virgo, rosas (“gather, girl, the roses”), which appears at the end of the poem “De rosis nascentibus,”[1] also called “Idyllium de rosis,” attributed to Ausonius or Virgil.

Nearly the same sense was expressed in Wisdom of Solomon 2:8, “Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither”, a verse ironically given as the example of a fool’s reasoning in denying the resurrection of the dead and turning to license.

via To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Newsroom episodes:

The title of the episode alludes to the greater fool theory. Will suffers an acute case of bleeding from a stomach ulcer and is hospitalized. There, he learns that an elderly Tennessee resident will not be able to vote because of recently passed voter ID laws in 33 states; this is then the main story when he returns to News Night. Charlie tells the NSA whistle blower, Solomon Hancock, that he cannot use him because he is “contaminated”; later, Hancock commits suicide by throwing himself off the Queensboro Bridge. Sloan tries to raise Congress’ intransigence on the debt ceiling to a more prominent position in the news and ponders a job offer. Everything, however, is overshadowed by a showdown long in the making. It finally explodes as Will, Mac and Charlie confront Leona and Reese during a volatile lunch meeting. TMI gossip columnist Nina Howard has information that can destroy Will’s career and life by revealing that he was high during the bin Laden report. That bombshell is defused, however, when it is revealed that the magazine obtained the information through phone hacking MacKenzie’s voice-mail. Takes place between Monday, August 1, 2011, and Monday, August 8, 2011.

via List of The Newsroom episodes – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.




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