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02 October 2011 posted by John Wyver

This is neat. Steve Bowbrick (@bowbrick) has posted to his flickr stream a handy (and rather beautiful) chart of the BBC's history to 1992. The infographic is taken from the inside back cover of John Cain's book The BBC: 70 Years of Broadcasting, and it's been posted in a host of sizes, including at its original size so that it can be conveniently down-loaded. Should you want to know who was National Governor for Scotland in 1951, the chart is just what you need, but it is also a valuable visualisation of the corporation's trajectory through numerous Tory and Labour administrations and past the milestone broadcasting committees. Across the jump, there are more links about television, film, photography and digital media.

The big oh-five: David Bordwell celebrates five years of the (unparalleled) film blog from Kristin Thompson and himself.

Against Occupation: thoughtful post at the blog of the journal Critical Studies in Television by academic Jason Jacobs about the 2009 BBC mini-series about British soldiers in Iraq - but about the state of contemporary television as well.

On pictures of moving - articles from the International Journal of Screendance: the ever-more-essential Film Studies for Free highlights the offerings in the 2010 inaugural issue Screendance has not yet been invented; just as valuable from FSfF is Catherine Grant's recent collection of links, Thrilling the ears - sound in Hitchcock's cinema.

More than a feeling: for Frieze, artists Ed Atkins, Melanie Gilligan, Anja Kirschner and Ben Rivers sit round a table to talk films and funding.

• De Kooning at MoMA, part one and part two: Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes takes on with great acuity the 'superlative' show that has just opened in New York - what made De Kooning great?

His marriage of the emergent American interest in full-field composition, manifest destiny of the canvas as explored by Westerners such as Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still and later by Adolph Gottlieb and Arshile Gorky, with the European interest in the figure.

Eye on culture - Richard Serra's new sculptures: Martine Fougeron photographed people experiencing Serra's show at the Gagosian gallery in Chelsea for The New Yorker.

Errol Morris on photography and reality: the director and New York Times essayist makes a provocative choice for The Browser of five books about the ways in which the world is pictured - and how we make sense of these.

It knows: you need to read Danial Soar on Google for the London Review of Books...

Amazon and the reintermediation of the spectacle: ... and Michael Smethurst (Fantastic Life) on Amazon is significant too.

Princeton goes open access...: The Conversation reports on the university's new policy to encourage researchers not to hand over copyright to academic journal editors.

Spreadable media - creating meaning and value in a networked culture: a good intro to the concept of 'spreadable media', with the examples of animator Nina Paley and sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow.

Counting one's blessings: John Naughton blogs his retirement from the Open University and his non-retirement from everything else - it's a lovely post (thanks to @billt)

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