Definition of “WHIRL”
- a : a busy or fast-paced succession of events : bustle <a whirl of activity> <the social whirl>
- a : a confused or disturbed mental state : turmoil <a whirl of febrile excitement>
- a : an experimental or brief attempt : try <gave it a whirl>
- a : to turn on or around an axis like a wheel : rotate.
- a : to turn abruptly around or aside <whirled around in surprise>
When I say “MEDIA” I mean:
- Forms of communication that reach a vast, mass audience
- Your basics: newspapers, magazines, TV news channels, video, infographics, photojournalism, etc.
- Movies and film (Oscar nominations, blockbuster hits, pop culture kitsch, low-budget indies)
- Television (cable shows, cartoons, dramas, comedies, award-winners, “reality” TV)
- Books (New York Times “Best Sellers,” children’s literature, young adult literature, adult genres, nonfiction)
- How these various media interact with each other (reviews, criticism, books made into movies, movies inspired by musicals inspired by movies/books/plays/true stories)
What does “whirl” have to do with the media?
- The Western lifestyle and mainstream media are fast-paced. How are we supposed to keep up?
- Mainstream media can overlook minority voices or get things wrong, causing turmoil.
- This blog is an attempt to look at the media critically. To rotate it, inspect it, and turn things abruptly around.