Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Electric Cars and the Detroit Bailout

I just sent this message to the White House:

Have you seen the movie, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" This was an amazing all-electric car, the EV1, made by GM, that got more than 100 miles per charge, that was essentially destroyed by GM and, I suspect, the Bush administration in 2001. Electric cars have been around as long as gasoline cars. They are quieter, more efficient, non-polluting, etc.. They have many advantages over hybrids, in that they don't carry all the weight of a gasoline engine. Possibly the most important advantage is that they would generally be charged at night when most electricity gets wasted. Why not make GM bring back the EV1? This could completely change the equation for US automakers, if they created truly transformative vehicles that gave their brands more prestige. And, for heavens sake, why are our corporations paying for health care when the government covers it elsewhere. That has to be the main reason our companies can't compete in a global market.
Thank you for bringing sanity back to this country and for being so open.
Christian Asplund
Associate Professor
Brigham Young University

Monday, March 16, 2009

Big Love/temple

I didn't see it, but I personally think it's an outrage. We don't get to decide what other people consider sacred and in an undertaken so incredibly capitalized, public, etc. as internationally distributed television, there is no ethical reason for something like this to happen. I just don't believe in giving these hacks a pass on everything for supposed aesthetic grounds.
I guess I currently don't view the medium of television as an art form, and thus am not willing to grant it a lot of leeway. As an artist, I am pretty saddened that what we used to consider to be mass-produced disposable popular culture designed to sell stuff has now substituted for art, simply because the sets, cameras, and editing are more sophisticated.