Micah Ganske is an Award-Winning Artist born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His current body of work is titled Tomorrow Land. The images start with the simple juxtaposition of large shadows over aerial views of depressed and abandoned locations. The shadows cast are of things that symbolize, what he refers to as Aspirational Technology. These are things that represent, or at one point represented, the progress of our technological civilization and the glory which a high-technology future would bring. The locations depicted are towns, neighborhoods and population centers which have been recently abandoned due to industrial negligence. These areas represent the hubris of our species and lack of foresight that has been so catastrophic over the history of human civilization. These works embody Micah’s optimism along with a realism about what we as a species are capable of.
A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance of Muslim Americans in New Jersey was a lawful effort to prevent terrorism, not a civil-rights violation.
In a decision filed in federal court in Newark, N.J., U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit brought in 2012 by eight Muslims who alleged the NYPD’s surveillance programs were unconstitutional because they focused on religion, national origin and race. The suit accused the department of spying on ordinary people at mosques, restaurants and schools in New Jersey since 2002.
Lee & Low Books continues to create infographics focusing on diversity in media representation. This one focuses on the Academy Awards from 1927 to 2012. The researchers reviewed the 85 year old history of the institution and call the results “staggeringly disappointing.”
Since the Academy Awards was founded 85-years ago:
Only one woman of color (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress
Only six men of color (7%) have ever won the Academy Award for Best Actor
Only one woman (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director