Sunday
Oct162016

ABBY MOORE INTERVIEWED FOR "DAY AFTER READING" ART/MEDIA PROJECT

Abby Moore was interviewed by Ludovic Balland (renowned Swiss graphic designer) and Dasha Lisitsina (his project associate from London) for their art/media/news project: "Day After Reading." Click here to read interview.

Saturday
Sep172016

Barry Vacker interviewed for "Day After Reading" art/media project.

Barry Vacker was interviewed by Ludovic Balland (renowned Swiss graphic designer) and Dasha Lisitsina (his project associate from London) for their art/media/news project: "Day After Reading." Note: There are a few typos to correct, including the sentence about the Hubble. It should read: "... the Hubble Space Telescope looks across one hundred billion light years of space and time..." Ludovic even asked me about Donald Trump, so now you have to read it! Click here to read interview.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Barry Vacker and the "Cosmic Evolution of Selfies"

Barry Vacker was featured in a short video produced by the Temple University Alumni Association. The mind-expanding video is entitled "The Cosmic Evolution of Selfies" and was produced by Lynn Gefsky and Justin Gallagher as part of the "Temple Perspectives in 60 Seconds" series. 

The glowing blue dot below Saturn's rings is the latest Earth selfie, taken by the Cassini Space Probe in 2014. The distance is about 900 million miles from Earth. The photo was possible because the Cassini was behind Saturn in relation to the sun, thus effecting a Saturn solar eclipse.

Click on image to view video.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Barry Vacker and Osei Alleyne discuss "media and space" on TV show

Barry Vacker and Osei Alleyne joined Derrick Pitts and Sherri Hope Culver in a discussion of "Media and Representation of Space" on Culver's brainy TV talk show, "Media Inside and Out." The topics included: why should humans go into space, how is space represented in media and film, and what does it mean for humanity? 

Click on the above image to view the show.• Culver is the director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy.

• Pitts is the Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute (the prestigious Philadelphia-based science museum).

• Alleyne is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate of the Center for Media and Destiny.

• Vacker is an associate professor at Temple University and founder of the Center for Media and Destiny.

The show also featured a clip from Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, and scenes from various space-related films. The show was produced by students at the Temple Univesity television station: TUTV. Thanks to the Director of TUTV, Paul Gluck. The show first aired on March 4, 2015.

Thursday
Apr172014

BARRY VACKER INTERVIEWED ABOUT JOHNNY DEPP'S NEW SCI-FI FILM: TRANSCENDENCE

Barry Vacker was quoted in a Yahoo story about Transcendence, the new Johnny Depp science-fiction film. Also included in the interview was Michio Kaku. To read story, click on Johnny and the giant eye.

Too bad the story contained none of Barry's best insights or those related to cosmic media theory. After all, Barry discussed the many implications of the film and sci-fi trends with the writer for over 30 minutes.

Monday
Mar172014

MEDIA ENVIRONMENTS GETS STRONG REVIEW IN PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC JOURNAL

The Center is excited to learn that Barry Vacker's text anthology, Media Environments (2010), received a very positive review (with a few quibbles and constructive comments) in the international academic journal, Explorations in Media Ecology (EME). The review was authored by John Blewitt, senior lecturer and co-director of the Master of Science in social responsibility and sustainability at Aston University (Birmingham, England). Since there is no available link, here are a few quotes:

"[T]he collection of studies here certainly constitute more than the sum of their individual parts. Many of these individual pieces are in fact absolutely key to any effective understanding of what our media environments are now and are likely to be in the near future."

"Vacker offers the student, reader and prospective course organizer an exciting excursion through a whole constellation of media environments, topics, issues, challenges, ideas, theories, experiences and problems."

"Media Environments, therefore, offers a great deal. There is much to dive into, much to select and deselect, much to argue with and much to add to."

"Designed as a course reader, Vacker’s book is a very useful primer on an area of media and cultural studies."

Royalties from Media Environments provided the seed capital for the founding of the Center for Media and Destiny.

Sunday
Jul212013

BARRY VACKER'S BOOK AND COURSE FEATURED IN TEMPLE MAGAZINE STORY

Barry Vacker's new book and course were featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Temple magazine, in a story entitled "The Final Countdown." The story is very well written and much thanks goes to the author Renee Cree (though the accompanying photo might seem like the album cover for yet another wannabe "alternative" band).

Left to right: Barry Vacker (Associate Professor, Temple U), Murali Balaji (Assistant Professor, Temple U), and Brendan Curry (Temple student).Here is the link for "The Final Countdown."

 

 

Saturday
Apr062013

BARRY VACKER TAKES ON "THE END OF THE WORLD" VIA PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL

Barry Vacker and his new book, The End of the World — Again, were featured in an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge." The interview aired April 6-7 (2013) on Public Radio International in 180 markets in this USA. Click here to listen (11 minutes).

Thanks to Steve Paulson for being such a fabulous interviewer and to stellar producer Doug Gordon for the clever use of dialogue from the movie, Them(1954). Nice touch!

Note there is also an extended interview at the Wisconsin Public Radio site, which includes some of the best stuff.

Friday
Feb222013

Barry Vacker "waxes philosophical" about Fight Club on Public Radio International

Barry and his book, Slugging Nothing: Fighting the Future in Fight Club (2009), were featured in an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" — as part of their Film and Philosophy series. The 13-minute interview aired this weekend (February 23-24) on Public Radio International in 180 markets in the USA. 

http://ttbook.org/book/barry-vacker-fight-club

Thanks to Steve Paulson for being such a great interviewer and to stellar producer Doug Gordon for the clever voice transitions from Barry to Brad Pitt. Nice touch!

Friday
Feb222013

Genevieve Gillespie and Barry Vacker featured on WHYY-Philadelphia, December 20, 2012

Genevieve Gillespie, curator of CMAD's"Apocalyptic Art" exhibit, and Barry Vacker, author of The End of the World — Again, were featured on WHYY, the national public radio affillate in Philadelphia. Barry is the Founder of the Center for Media and Destiny and Genevieve is the Associate Director of Events.

The radio, video, and print stories explored ideas in Genevieve's exhibit and Barry's book, both of which were central to the three-night event hosted the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Art: It's the End of the World (Again!)