November 21, 2016 Last Updated 8:04 am

Media may finally begin serious examination of Dakota Access Pipeline protests; Guardian looks at growth of UK luxury titles

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The continuing protests in North Dakota would likely be leading the news across the country were it not for the presidential election, and now the reality-show administration of president-elect Donald Trump. But the protests by Native American tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux, continue as construction of the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline continues.

While news organizations evolved in their coverage of the election, deciding to call out the falsehoods being said by candidates, it appears much of the media continue to be hesitant to talk openly of the collusion between government, law enforcement and the private businesses behind the pipeline.

No matter where you stand on the pipeline itself, what we are seeing in this marriage of private and public players may be a precursor to what may anticipate from the new administration in Washington.


The Washington Post, Derek Hawkins:

Police, citing ‘ongoing riot,’ use water cannons on Dakota Access protesters in freezing weather

According to the sheriff’s department, the incident began around 6 p.m. and one arrest was made as of 8:30 p.m. The sheriff’s department is characterizing the protesters as “very aggressive” and said they have attempted to “flank and attack the law enforcement line.”

Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, reported Sunday night that police sprayed protesters with a water cannon and used tear gas and concussion grenades to repel the protesters. It was 26 degrees in Cannon Ball at 9 p.m. He said the fires reported by police were set in order to help people warm up who had been sprayed.

Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that water was being used for crowd control as well as to douse fires and wet the land to keep the flames from spreading.

Goldtooth said numerous people have been struck in the head with rubber bullets and one person was in cardiac arrest from a direct hit.

CNN, Emanuella Grinberg:

Mississippi residents unsure of controversial billboard’s intent

missbillboard-600If people are talking about the billboard then it’s working, said Eric Gottesman, co-founder of For Freedoms, an artist-run political action committee that uses visual media to inspire political engagement. The billboard is part of a national ad campaign that commissioned works from artists and photographers on topics from gun control to campaign finance for billboards, social media memes and public transit ads.

There’s no single goal or intent behind the Pearl billboard, he said. It’s not irony or satire, anti-Trump or pro-Clinton. Using “Make America Great Again” was meant to prompt the question when was America great?, he said. he said. From there, he hopes it inspires conversation about the different ways the phrase can be interpreted beyond the campaign message.

“What we hear today in some political rhetoric is that making America great means enforcing a single vision on America,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is use art to provoke people to talk about these things and bring them to a different kind of conversation, one that goes beyond symbolic gestures of what America is supposed to stand for.”

Several years ago a TNM reader in the UK tried to convince me that the magazine industry was doing just fine across the pond, and that whatever I was seeing here in the States was definitely not what he was seeing in the UK. My only response was “just wait.”

Another trend that has made its way across the pond is the growth in luxury titles. The Guardian’s Mark Sweney looked at the category this weekend. Where there appears to be a difference in the markets, however, is in the lack of a new, big player that specializes solely in upscale publishing. Here in the US, many of the same titles exist (and were founded here), but they also compete with new titles that are often regional.

The Guardian, Mark Sweney:

Still in vogue: luxury magazines defy print market gloom

vogueuk-300More than a million British consumers stopped buying print magazines, or gave up their subscription, in the year to the end of June. Titles such as Loaded, Zoo, Nuts, FHM, Company, InStyle and Reveal have closed or embarked on digital-only reimaginings, while the 64-year-old music bible NME has been forced to go free to find an audience as paying print fans dry up.

This is in contrast to the fortunes of the luxury magazine market, which appears resilient to the wider change in consumer reading habits in the digital age…

…“It is very hard to replicate the physical allure of a luxury magazine on other platforms,” he sid. “[It is] something to do with the sheen of the paper, the way that the ink sits on the page, the smell of money and desire that wafts off the page. Readers move into a different mode when they engage with a glossy. Advertisers understand this.”

While WPP’s Group M media arm has forecast print ad spend on consumer magazines in total will fall 14% this year, to £320m, the luxury market is breaking records.

No, you are not crazy. That iPhone you have may, in fact, have a bad battery. Turns out that Apple sees it, too, and are replacing some devices with replacement units.

Engadget, Daniel Cooper:

Apple replacing a small number of iPhone 6s batteries

Apple has let a cat out of its bag, the cat in this case being that there’s a problem with some iPhone 6s models. According to the company, a fault with the battery is causing a “very small number” of handsets to randomly shut down. If you’re rocking a device that was manufactured between September and October 2015, then you’re eligible for a replacement. Simply head down to your local Apple Store or authorized service provider to have your serial number checked and, if you qualify, you’ll get a replacement device.

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