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Half of All Friends Replaced Every 7 Years

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

You may have more Facebook friends as the years go by, but when it comes to your close friends, you lose about half and replace them with new ones after about seven years, new social research suggests.

Read more about it here.

China blocks Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Chinese censors blocked access to Twitter and other popular online services today , two days before the twentieth anniversary of the democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.

Read more about it here

Saved by the box

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Independent film is thriving on television thanks to video on demand

Read this article about films and video on demand.

from : http://www.economist.com

CANNES was quiet this week. Although the stars and the paparazzi went through the usual red-carpet routine, there was less extravagance and a smaller contingent of film-buyers than usual. Yet for makers of independent films, that was not the end of the world. In their business the action increasingly takes place not on the French Riviera but in American living rooms. Tricky, intelligent films are finding a home in the least glamorous corner of the television business.

Getting independent films into cinemas, never easy, has become much harder in the past year. Some specialist distributors, such as Warner Independent Pictures, have closed and others are buying fewer films. The credit crunch and the strong dollar have cut foreign sales. Meanwhile cheap digital-video cameras and editing software have produced a flood of content. Some 5,500 films are chasing buyers in Cannes this year. Last year just 606 new films were released in American cinemas. Many lost money. “The economics just do not make sense,” says Jonathan Sehring of IFC Films, an independent distributor.

Hence the rapid growth of an alternative. This year IFC will release about 100 films “on demand”, meaning they can be called up for a fee in most households that get their television via cable or satellite.

The reason for the rush is that, for low-budget films, the economics of video on demand do make sense. Cable companies, which take a cut when they sell a film, help with advertising. Mr Sehring says IFC makes about as much when a film is sold on demand as when a punter buys a cinema ticket, even though the ticket costs almost twice as much. He reckons he recoups his costs and returns money to filmmakers more than half the time—not bad for films that might otherwise have disappeared without trace.

It also makes sense to concentrate on a single marketing push. Heavy advertising helps keep blockbusters in people’s minds. But small, independent films are easily forgotten.

EPA The action is on TV

By launching their creations on cable, filmmakers must give up the dream of creating a hugely profitable surprise hit like “Napoleon Dynamite”.

Distributors are learning what kinds of films are best suited to video on demand. Eamonn Bowles, Magnolia’s president, says it helps greatly if films are susceptible to brief synopsis. That means well-known names and obedience to genre conventions.  Documentaries may be better suited to the internet, since it caters so well to special-interest groups.

Whether accessed via cable television or the internet, video on demand is likely to grow. America’s suburbs are becoming much more diverse places, with more ethnic minorities, more people with degrees and more gays, according to Gary Gates, a demographer at the University of California, Los Angeles. The potential audience for independent films is thus dispersing beyond the places where independent cinemas are concentrated. Not everybody lives near an art-house cinema, but almost everybody has a remote control.

The British Press

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Un lien très utile pour vous rappeler quelques notions sur la presse britannique. Cela pourra servir aux Terminales et aussi aux BTS.

good music …

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Chers élèves,

Bonne chance pour les examens en cours et pour ceux qui arrivent (je suis en avance, là).

bon courage pour les révisions et bonne fin d’année a ceux qui n’ont pas d’examen (les chanceux, c’est eux !)

Un peu de musique, cela manquait sur le blog ces temps-ci !

“Iris” The Goo Goo Dolls

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