Prediction Markets for Movie Box Office: Manipulation! Insider Trading! Efficiency! and Twitter!

Michael Giberson Tyler Cowen links to a story in the New York Times detailing the opposition of the Motion Picture Association of America to two proposed markets for forecasting movie ticket sales.  Of the objections noted in the article, Cowen thinks the key issue for Hollywood is the possibility of a poor market showing making … More Prediction Markets for Movie Box Office: Manipulation! Insider Trading! Efficiency! and Twitter!

More About the Haynesville Documentary

Michael Giberson In advance of the screening next week at SXSW, the Austin Chronicle presents a story about Haynesville and its director Gregory Kallenberg.  Here’s a bit of it: The Rev. Reegis Richard was wandering through a field, hungrily eyeing a dilapidated former school and dreaming of the possibilities, when a Haynesville producer climbed over a … More More About the Haynesville Documentary

Many Views on the Haynesville Shale Resource

Michael Giberson The documentary film Haynesville offers a view of the shale gas boom from the point of view of several landowners in northeastern Louisiana. One of the landowners is a sort of good-ol’-boy type who hung onto family land and added to it even as family members moved away. His 300 or so acres … More Many Views on the Haynesville Shale Resource

“Where the Wild Things Are”

Michael Giberson Just saw the movie Where the Wild Things Are. Fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing. Back when I was king, it was kind of like that.  Only, I had more brothers and sisters when I was king, and they thought they were the king or queen, so it was complicated. And amazing. I’m not sure my … More “Where the Wild Things Are”

Power Trip Documentary to Be Aired

Michael Giberson From the inbox comes word that Paul Devlin’s documentary, Power Trip, will be aired this weekend on BBC World and in the PBS World Voices program.  The film tells the story of the efforts of AES Corporation to succeed as the owners of the newly privatized (in January 1999) electric utility in Tbilisi, … More Power Trip Documentary to Be Aired

How to Deal with Toxic Assets

Michael Giberson The ever quotable Yzma, from Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove: Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I’ll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that … More How to Deal with Toxic Assets

Up the Yangtze: A Meditation on Change in China

Michael Giberson Up the Yangtze, a documentary by Yung Chang, examines changes along the Yangtze river in China due to the construction of the Three Gorges dam through the stories of two Chinese youth who took jobs on a cruise ship. The cruises are called “farewell tours” because they offer the chance to see parts … More Up the Yangtze: A Meditation on Change in ChinaMore Up the Yangtze: A Meditation on Change in China

Music Favorites From 2007

Lynne Kiesling 2007 was the best music year I’ve had in a very, very long time. From a nostalgia perspective, you could argue that it’s the best year I’ve had in 24 years, because that was the last time I saw The Police play live, and in 2007 I saw them live again, several times. … More Music Favorites From 2007More Music Favorites From 2007

How Long Will the Writers’ Strike Last?

Michael Giberson Today, the 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike. Among the issues in dispute is a share of income from new media. No doubt you can find much commentary on the web on the substance of the negotiations, I’m concerned with a more practical matter: How long will the … More How Long Will the Writers’ Strike Last?More How Long Will the Writers’ Strike Last?

“Losers and Winners”: The Gale of Creative Destruction, Captured on Film

Michael Giberson “Losers and Winners” captures a telling moment in the world economy. Just a small part of a big story – just one telling moment among millions. But somehow, without ever straying too far from the grounds of the German factory being disassembled, the film provides a picture of globalization. The story, according to … More “Losers and Winners”: The Gale of Creative Destruction, Captured on FilmMore “Losers and Winners”: The Gale of Creative Destruction, Captured on Film