August 10, 2015This past month Arcosanti’s Jeff Stein AIA and concert pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler presented their “CONNECT Chautauqua: Connecting Beethoven, Buildings and BMW Motorcycles” at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Previously, they have performed this at Arcosanti, in Scottsdale and at the Steinway Gallery recital hall in Tucson.[photos and text by Jeff Stein}Their performance in Birmingham was part of the 5th annual conference of the IJMS / International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of social science, riders and research from around the globe.The Barber is the world’s greatest motorcycle museum, with over 1400 bikes on permanent display. In their 50-minute, multi-media Chautauqua, Stein and Haeseler describe through images, lecture, discussion and Beethoven’s music itself — including the entire second movement of his 9th Symphony, transcribed for piano by Schiller — how the work of these three men: composer Ludwig vonBeethoven’s 9th Symphony, designer David Robb’s BMW R1200GS, architect Paolo Soleri’s East Crescent at Arcosanti provides the same intense human experience: sound, speed, space that allows us to be truly connected, and thus truly human.In truth everything is connected. Understanding how these three entities connect, we all might grow more comfortable with the idea. Plus, there is the notion, in each, of being at the center of a world. Each composition: Symphony, Architecture, Motorcycle, transports you to such a place. “Chautauqua” was the New York birthplace of this kind of enlightening lecture / performance. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America”. This is one of those. To schedule a performance of this Chautauqua in your location, contact < pr [at] Arcosanti.org >
Connected TV services are “TV-like experiences” and should be subject to a higher degree of regulation than internet content access through a PC, according to Ed Richards, CEO of UK media regulator Ofcom.Richards, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, said: “Converged or connected TVs, which incorporate broadcast, video-on-demand and open internet services, are considered to be closer to a TV-like experience. Audiences therefore expect content over these devices to be more regulated than internet content accessed through PCs and laptops.”Referring to a study carried out by Ofcom with 200 members of the public to assess attitudes, Richards said that “protecting minors from harmful content is seen as one of the most important parts of existing regulation” and was ranked as a higher priority than protecting privacy.Richards raised the possibility that this could include a second look at the partial self-regulation of video-on-demand services by ATVOD, the industry body set up to watch over such services.“It seems undesirable for these [connected TV] services to be subject to full broadcasting style regulation – by and large they belong to a different form of service and come from a very different context,” said Richards. “But we do need to consider whether to develop the approach in relation to existing co-regulation for video-on-demand to offer greater assurance and to ensure there is public trust in the approach to regulation as these services become more and more pervasive and significant.”Richards said there was a case for common media standards to cover all digital media, including TV, internet video and the digital activities of print publishing groups. “In this context I wonder therefore whether there may be a fairly simple opportunity to establish a core set of principles and aims which are held in common across a diverse media terrain with different regulatory environments.”Richards said that, while Ofcom should not be given responsibility to police the newspaper industry, it could play a role in producing a common set of principles for journalists across media following the Leveson inquiry, currently investigating the practices of newspapers in the wake of the UK’s phone hacking scandal.
Middle East-based satellite operator Thuraya Telecommunications has named Etisalat CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar as its new chairman, and has also elected Etisalat group chief strategy and M&A officer Daniel Ritz to its board.Julfar also serves on the board of Mobily in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he is the chairman of the risk management committee, as well as on the board of Etisalat Misr and Etisalat Services Holding (ESH).“We are delighted to welcome both Mr Julfar as our new chairman and Dr Ritz as a new member of our board,” said Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya. “Chairman Julfar’s leadership and wealth of telecoms experience will be invaluable in helping guide Thuraya as we continue to pursue growth in our key markets. We are also pleased to have Dr Ritz join our board given his vast experience with strategy and business experience, especially at this time when we are looking at the next phase of development for the company.”