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Light On Light Through

You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series and movies, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my media theory and political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually less often.  But in the Summer of 2020, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and on 17 October 2023, I began publishing a new episode of the podcast every Tuesday at 12:01 pm -- a minute after Noon (New York time).  - Paul Levinson 

24 October 2021: Interview about Light On Light Through podcast

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Feb 4, 2007

Welcome to Episode 20 of Light Light Through - Blockbuster, Netflix, the Web: The Future of Watching Movies out of Theaters.  It all began with Edison's kinetoscope, which gave movie-viewers a one-on-one experience.  Now, after a century of theater going, more and more people are watching movies on their own devices.  But not all of them are equal.  Blockbuster, which has dominated this market, still makes you go out in the rain to return a movie.  Netflix is better, but still leaves you hostage to the mailman.  That leaves the Web - and nothing succeeds like delivery of movies at the speed of light...

And debuting in this Episode, a new LOLT feature: flashes ... in which I give quickie takes on media news.  This week:  the media are most to blame for the Boston cartoon terror scare ... Viacom the doomed dinosaur snarls at YouTube ... Yale prof disapproves of student sex in showers (well, ok, sometimes I'm make an exception and consider a story which isn't media news)...

Helpful links:

  1. A Short History of the Movies by Mast and Kawin  best history of motion pix I know of
  2. Brewster General Store if you'd like to get your hands on a real kinetoscope
  3. where to subscribe to Shaun Farrell's forthcoming podiobook reading of my novel, The Silk Code (won the Locus Award for best first science fiction novel of 1999)
  4.  Patsy's the Blubrry voice on LOLT
  5.  Podcast Pendulum!
  6. listen for Jason's interview with me - about The Chronology Protection Case - which should be live tomorrow (Sunday, 4 February 2007)
  7. look at the second podiobook in the column to your right: it's The Chronology Protection Case, yours, free, enjoy!  And enjoy the first chapter of The Plot to Save Socrates, too, while you're at it... podiobook reading of that is right above The Chronology Protection Case...



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