When The Sky Falls: Opportunity Amid Hollywood’s Looming Implosion

“Cinema is dead,” or so the frequent pronouncement goes. It seems that each decade brings at least a few grouchy filmmakers to decry the state of cinema, but it’s hard to take them seriously. Lately, though, some of the complaints about Hollywood have gone beyond noted cranks like Peter Greenaway and Jean-Luc Godard and come from more levelheaded thinkers. Major filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg are having a harder time realizing their visions, and to some, the future of movies looks awfully grim. But too many people have taken Soderbergh and Spielberg’s talks and filtered it through a “the sky is falling!” mentality. Rather, it’s time to consider whether the Hollywood model really is breaking down, and what this might actually mean to filmmakers old and new alike.

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How Does Autopilot Work?

Otto the Autopilot

At any given moment there are more than 5,000 airplanes ushering passengers across the states to one of 19,000 airports in the country. Travelers can climb into a flying metal tube and make their way from Los Angeles to New York in five hours, watching Everybody Loves Raymond and sipping from miniaturized cups all the while. Tens of thousands of hours are spent in the sky on any given day, and assisting each flight across the clouds is the plane’s autopilot system.

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Billionaire Book Club: The Favorite Books of CEOs and Business Moguls

Billionaire Book Club

Every successful CEO began their career out of the spotlight. As they built their empires, they were influenced by the places they lived, the people the interacted with, the problems they faced, and the books they read. A person’s favorite book can be a key to understanding the choices they make, the standards they uphold, and the beliefs they champion. There is no sure bet to becoming successful, but reading the favorite texts of individuals can help you see the world through their eyes.

The Airspace has researched the favorite books of CEOs like Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs so you can look into the mind of the business people who have changed the world.

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Whatever & Ever Today: DOMA Dies, Davis Filibuster a Success, & Chimps Retire

A win for equal rights, a win for abortion rights, and a win for animal rights.

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Why Are the Humanities Hurting?

A slew of opinions regarding the future of the humanities have surfaced in recent weeks after a major report on the humanities called out its dire underfunding and the Wall Street Journal reported that that humanities degrees have dropped from 14% of total college degrees in 1966 to 7% in 2010. At Harvard University in particular, long considered a bastion of a liberal arts education, has waned from 36% of total majors in 1954 to 20% in 2012 [1]. They also reported that 9.5-9.8% unemployment rates for humanities majors, compared to 5.8% for chemistry majors and 5% for elementary education majors.

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Whatever & Ever Today: Facebook Introduces Instagram Video, Starbucks Counts Calories, & Hanson Has A Beer Now

Instagram adds video to compete with Vine, Starbucks wants you to know how fattening their drinks are, and Hanson brews up some “Mmmhops.”

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Cause I Feel Alive: Summer Songs of 2013

As someone with too much time on his hands, I’ve always made seasonal mixtapes and talked with friends about our favorite “summer jams”—a term that really only realized means, “songs you listen to and enjoy during summer.” Even Billboard has been tracking its Hot 100 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, naming it the annual “Songs of the Summer” Chart and further rendering the concept of summer songs pretty much meaningless. Music is rarely seasonal. You can make obvious exceptions like dubbing Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago a “winter album” and most of The Beach Boys’ discography as perfect “summer albums” but even then, it pigeonholes music into a limited function. For this list, there’s no scientific method for picking these songs other than the fact that these tracks were released in 2013, are humble recommendations, and might remind you of summer.

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The 15 Best Lines from Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

Set for release through Def Jam and GOOD Music on June 18th, Kanye West’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, has leaked. In the follow-up to the critically acclaimed hip-hop opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye returns to a dark form and then some. The key difference being, this album lacks the star-studded roster of guest verses. Nevertheless, we at the Airspace have worked to single out the moments of brilliance in the oft-underrated lyrical workings of Mr. West.

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Whatever & Ever Today: MTV Is (Kind Of) Back, Kids Would Rather Read The Hunger Games, & More Dumb Rape Remarks From Elected Officials

MTV declares independence or something, kids hate reading at appropriate age levels, and another dumb comment about rape.

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Whatever & Ever Today: ‘The Purge’ Shocks The Box Office, Designated Drunk Drivers, and John Oliver Starts ‘The Daily Show’ Gig

Americans like movies about scary murderers in dystopian America, designated drivers still drink, and John Oliver tries not to run The Daily Show into cancellation.

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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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