Jonathan Beller is a film theorist, cultural critic, and media theorist who teaches at Pratt Institute. He is author of numerous books including his latest release – The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and Society of the Spectacle.
Beller’s book first came out in 2006 and the idea that our attention is something to be traded was astounding to many people. But in actuality it has long been understood as reality.
Early Life and Education
Tommy Beller was born March 3rd 1953 in Sioux City Iowa. He attended Leeds High School and graduated in 1973. An avid fisherman and hunter, he greatly enjoyed vacations with the “WBCLL” boys each year. An active member of AA community, he greatly enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s activities – Ben & Emilee Beller were his proud children while step-parenting Robert Tucker, Stephanie Thomson Severin Tucker Shelby Tucker & Jaren Tucker were part of his extended family as well. He proudly father & stepfather Severin Tucker Severin Tucker Shelby Tucker & Jaren Tucker
He served on the Board of Directors for Pacific Grove Adult School and represented Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties on ACSA State adult education council. Additionally, he volunteered at his local SPCA branch. Currently residing in Pebble Beach with his wife.
Beller has proven his artistic prowess as both a dancer and choreographer, having choreographed various ballets. Additionally, he has taught dance and even been featured in film projects like Patrick Swayze’s One Last Dance movie.
Current Member at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where his practice specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring law. He also has experience arranging public and private financings of companies and assets.
Prior to his retirement, he served as principal at Pacific Grove Adult School and represented Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties on the ACSA Adult Education Council. Additionally, he sat on the board of Community Foundation for Monterey County; with his wife living nearby Pebble Beach as avid animal lovers volunteering at SPCAs.
Beller is an esteemed scholar of media and culture. As a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and member of The New School’s board of directors, his work has been featured widely – being included among Mellon Foundation grants as well as J. P. Getty Foundation honors.
Beller has written extensively on Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and other works by young writers over time, reflecting his own experiences as a teenager reading it and how it continues to shape his perceptions of New York City and Central Park. Like Hemon, Beller sees parallels between Holden and himself and others depicted by Salinger; yet is skeptical of claims that The Catcher in the Rye captures an entire generation in one novel.
Nicolette Lacson is an extremely well-known model who began designing bikinis since she was only 15 years old. Due to her hard work and dedication towards her profession, she has earned immense renown. Married to Ben Baller since 2004, they share three children – London, Ryder and Kaia; in addition to possessing both Filipino and American citizenships.
His fortune comes primarily from holdings in Wal-Mart Stores Inc, of which he serves as vice chairman and COO.