Tuesday, February 14, 2012

RE: Patt Morrison for Wednesday, February 15, 2012



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1-3 p.m.




1:06 –1:39 OPEN


1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Directors’ guild president defends SOPA and PIPA in fight against piracy

Google and other technology companies spread “outright lies” about anti-piracy bills, according to Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford. The union leader used his clout at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Ceremony to defend the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as part of his anti-piracy campaign. Film directors have a big stake and a big say in the battle over intellectual property online. Hackford maintains that content created by filmmakers is being stolen and given away on the Internet for free. The guild president has also emphasized that big studios, who also support SOPA and PIPA, are not suffering as much as independent filmmakers are from digital theft. Congressional voting on both bills, which incited controversial protests last month from websites such as Google and Wikipedia, has been postponed. How will Hackford’s outspoken support of SOPA and PIPA help filmmakers? How constructive is it for Hackford to speak out against Google? How much, if at all, will companies like Google influence the future of the film industry? And what is at stake for creators and the film-loving public?



Taylor Hackford, Oscar-winning feature film and documentary director, writer and producer; he’s serving his second term as President of the Directors Guild of America


2:06 – 2:30


"Human Rights Watch issues new report on Saudi women in sports



Christoph Wilcke, senior researcher for our Middle-East North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch; author of the report, 'Steps of the Devil': Denial of Women

Minky Worden, director of global initiatives, Human Rights Watch; spearheads HRW's efforts to align human rights more closely with the Olympic Movement


2:30 – 2:58:30

My dad shot my laptop!
Have you ever felt so disrespected by someone texting on his or her phone that you’ve wanted to grab the device and throw it out the window or maybe even… shoot nine bullets into it? The latter course of action is exactly what father Tommy Jordan did to his daughter Hannah’s laptop computer after he felt she insulted him in a diatribe she posted on Facebook. In what her father calls “her little rebellious post” addressed to her parents, Hannah vented her frustrations about being a “slave” and having to do domestic chores. In response, not only did father Jordan fire exploding hollow-point rounds into her computer, but recorded himself doing it along with his visceral reply to Hannah’s complaints. The video, which the Albermarle, North Carolina resident posted on his daughter’s Facebook wall, has become a YouTube sensation with 23 million viewers and counting, but his unconventional method of discipline has raised a lot of eyebrows and questions about parenting in the age of social media. Should kids be allowed to freely express their anger with their parents on Facebook? How appropriate was Tommy Jordan’s response as a father? Did he overreact by potentially humiliating his daughter or is this a case of constructive tough-love?


Karen Sternheimer, associate professor of Sociology at USC

Karen North, director of the online communities program at USC’s Annenberg school of Communications and Journalism








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