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Malcolm McLaren provoked reaction. He's probably best known for creating the Sex Pistols in 1976, arguably the first globally popular punk band. Deliberately confrontational and political (in both lyrics and style), the Sex Pistols drew on powerful undercurrents of crankiness, anarchy and dissatisfaction with '70s Britain -- and with one album, two hit singles and a stopped-short US tour, fired up a global movement that continues to this day in myriad forms. Music heads will know that McLaren's next stop was to manage Adam Ant, while cutting away Ant's original band and turning them into Bow Wow Wow.
McLaren's restless mind then turned to early hip-hop, with its mixing, collaging and powerful shared creativity. His singles "Buffalo Gals" (which mixed scratching and square-dance calling) and "Double Dutch" were early steps at making hip-hop as ubiquitous as punk. And he was championing 8-bit music -- at the intersection of music and videogame culture -- as early as 2003.
As a film and TV producer, McLaren co-produced the film Fast Food Nation and made the TV special The Ghosts of Oxford Street, as well as presenting Malcolm McLaren's Musical Map of London and Life and Times in LA. His ambitious "sound painting" in 21 parts, Shallow, premiered at Basel and was then projected over Times Square in 2008. His last film, Paris: The Capital of the 21st Century, montaged ideal images of Paris in advertising to examine the intersection of art and commodity.
At heart, McLaren was a Situationist -- believing that provocative actions are the best way to change minds. McLaren died in April 2010. In his funeral cortege, a stunning floral blanket read: "Cash from Chaos."
McLaren gave this talk at the Handheld Learning conference in October 2009; to learn more, visit the parent conference, Learning Without Frontiers.
After school, Mullins did some modeling -- including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen -- and then turned to acting, appearing as the Leopard Queen in Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle. In 2008 she was the official Ambassador for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
She's a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about prosthetics, and recently mentioned to an interviewer that she's been looking closely at MIT's in-development powered robotic ankle, "which I fully plan on having."
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.
jueves, 9 de junio de 2011
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Young People and SportsBy George Grow
This is Steve Ember with the VOA Special English SCIENCE REPORT.
A leading group of American doctors is warning against forcing young people to become skilled in a single sport. It says young people who play just one sport face additional physical or other demands from intense training and competition. It says children involved in sports should be urged to take part in different activities and develop many skills.
A committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics prepared the policy statement. It was published this month in the group's medical magazine, Pediatrics.
The doctors note that more and more children are skilled in one sport at an early age. There are many media reports of young competitors in sports such as gymnastics, figure skating and tennis.
Some of the most famous athletes first became active in a sport when they were five years old. A few started even earlier. The committee noted that the successes of young athletes can be a powerful influence for others to follow. It says children wishing to compete at a high level require training that could be considered extreme even for adults. It says the necessary desire and intensity of training raise many concerns about the safety of high-level athletic activity for any young person.
The Academy says the health effects of intense training in young athletes need to be fully investigated. Risks to young athletes include injuries, delayed menstruation, eating disorders and emotional stress.
The committee of doctors offered some suggestions. It urged children to become involved in sports at levels that meet their abilities and interests. It said doctors should work with parents to make sure that someone knowledgeable is training the child athlete. That person should know correct methods of training, equipment and the physical and emotional health of young competitors.
The group said doctors should supervise the condition of child athletes involved in intense training. It said doctors and trainers should work to prevent injuries that result from too much physical activity. Doctors should make sure the children eat a healthy, balanced diet. And doctors should watch for signs of too much training, including weight loss and sleep problems.
This VOA Special English SCIENCE REPORT was written by George Grow. This is Steve Ember.
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