Daily Archives: 27 June 2007

Entries invited for $15,000 journalism prize

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

So said the French political philosopher, journalist and politician Frédéric Bastiat (1801–50). Now there is a prize named after him, worth $15,000, open to all published writers around the world. But the deadline is just a couple of days away, 30 June 2007.

The prize will be awarded to the entry that best embodies Bastiat’s spirit, intellect and wit. The competition is open to all writers—including think tanks and NGOs and academics —in all countries.

Previous finalists and winners include Sauvik Chakraverti of the Economic Times, Munir Attaullah (Pakistan), and Rakesh Wadhwa (Nepal). Entries can be submitted through an online submission form, or by post or fax. For more information and background about the prize, click here.

Link via Adam Smith Institute


A 24-year-old made finest (media) movie ever

Orson WellesCitizen Kane (original trailer above), a scathing biopic of William Randolph Hearst and made when Welles was a ripe old man of 24, has once again topped the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best films of all times. And Phil Rosenthal uses the occasion to marvel at how many great movies have been on the media. How many have you seen? And what were you doing when you were 24?

All the President’s Men, 1976
A Face in the Crowd, 1957
Ace in the Hole, 1951
His Girl Friday, 1940
Network, 1976
Absence of Malice, 1981
The Killing Fields, 1984
Shattered Glass, 2003
Woman of the Year, 1942
Foreign Correspondent, 1940
Sweet Smell of Success, 1957
Call Northside 777, 1948
The Parallax View, 1974
Salvador, 1986
Broadcast News, 1987
The Year of Living Dangerously, 1982
Deadline USA, 1952
It Happened One Night, 1934
The Paper, 1994

Gender bias: do men write better than women?

YES—Men write better than women: “Male lit is violent, offensive, and crude, but it’s also genuine. Confident, without apology, ready to be humiliated, without the prudish restraint of grace, or the contemporary stink of gender guilt.”

NO—Women write better than men: “Women tell it straight. No choice but to be straight when nobody wants to acknowledge them anyway… [They] cut through the bullshit and [lay] us bare.”

Because the only certain thing in life is death

There are television shows on living, cooking, playing, buying, selling. Why not one on dying? That’s precisely the blank in the television schedule that a German company is doing. And soon EosTV will be bringing the grim business of ageing, dying and mourning, live, 24 x 7 x 365.

“Most of the programming, however, will be taken up by informational shows for the elderly. Viewers will be served up documentaries about cemeteries, shows about changing funeral culture, and helpful tips about finding a retirement home or nursing care. Those moving into their later years can watch the channel to inform themselves about life insurance, funeral insurance, home nursing services, and which companies are the best at installing stair lifts.”

Read the full article: New TV channel takes on death and dying