3 Audio Stories

September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Link to Story 1: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html#michel_kramermetraux

Michel Kramer-Metraux: The Wedding Wardrober

This story was about the wedding day wardrobe designer Michael Kramer who also directs men’s formal wear at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.  I liked the ambient sounds of the New York times stories in general of downtown New York, because it captures the essence of the area.  This particular story was interesting due to the unique perspective of the man’s job in relation to weddings.  I liked how his passion was to make the groom look just as elegant as the bride, even though his wardrobe options are limited and also because the bride has  generally been preparing longer.  I would have liked the story to place more focus on the celebrity appeal of Saks Fifth because so many musicians sing or rap about it in lyrics.

Story 2

Worm that Could Destroy the Internet

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=140704494&m=140804352&t=audio

The story posted above is about a potential problem that could severely damage the integrity of the internet.  The story is about a “worm” called Conflicker, different than a virus.  A virus actually requires user help, and a worm can receive information from a mother computer and implement its on objectives.  Serious systems may be affected by this problem such as traffic lights, health information, banking systems, and could shut down all communications.  The Conflicker worm uses what is called a bot net to control these pieces of information on a digital landscape, making anything on the internet unsafe.  This story was very interesting to hear and made me rethink my digital information that I have available.  This story was well done and didn’t need any ambient noise or things of that nature.

Story 3

NBA Lockout Causes Loss of Games

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=140750877&m=140756009&t=audio

The third story was about the ongoing lockout of the National Basketball Association(NBA).  The upcoming season appears to be in jeopardy due to lack of negotiations between the owners and the player’s association.   The owners and players met together  in New York this past week and the end result was the cancellation of over 40 preseason games and training camp.  The 2011-2012 season will likely be cut in half for best case scenario.  Players are already signing foreign deals to play in locations such as China, Greece, Argentina, or Italy such as NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.  I am an NBA fan and find this story especially interesting because the league is at a point where the balance between owners and players is being closed.  More than ever, the league’s elite players have the ability to make money without the assistance of owners by sponsoring their own tours of star filled teams to play one another while the owners are left losing money on non-attendance and other money making opportunities.  This story could have really used the perspective of someone associated with the NBA, such as a player or league official to provide the type of incite available on cable television.

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