Crises of Meaning in Communities of Creative Appropriation – The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, Chapter 30

February 28, 2017

The [not-entirely un-ironic] copyright restrictions have expired for the chapter I contributed to The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, published in December, 2014 have lapsed, so I’m now allowed to publicly post this piece.   The festival is currently on indefinite hiatus, and will hopefully return before too long. Huge thanks to the book’s superlative editor, … Read More

We Want the Airwaves: An Investigation into Pirate and DIY Broadcasting

December 19, 2011

The following is a radio piece and accompanying paper I created for my class in “Creative DIY Cultures & Participatory Learning” on the state of DIY and pirate radio broadcasting, particularly as it exists in large urban areas like NYC. It explores the history and motivations for DIY broadcasting, examines the migration of DIY broadcasters … Read More

Cybernetics in Art and the Myth of the Cyborg Artist

December 29, 2010

Today’s artist – like Donna Haraway’s cyborg feminist – moves beyond both traditional limitations and modernist ideas about art, and enters into a hypermediated relationship with society and technology in which technological methods and mediated collaboration across networks are common.  Art has always been a carrier of cultural information.  Cybernetics as a theory of communication … Read More

The Impact of Digital Technologies on Chomsky’s Media Ownership Filter

October 20, 2010

In their 1988 book, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman posit a theory of “systemic propaganda” in which the mass media control content in order to serve the ends of the dominant elite.  The ingredients of this model are five “filters” used to censor content, which consist of concentrated media ownership, advertising, government news … Read More

The Influence of Art and Performance on the Rise of American Independent Cinema

May 5, 2010

“As in the other arts in America today – painting, poetry, sculpture, theater, where fresh winds have been blowing for the last few years – our rebellion against the old, official, corrupt and pretentious is primarily an ethical one.” The above statement, taken from the manifesto of the New American Cinema Group (81) written after … Read More

Telling the Truth in ‘David Holzman’s Diary’ and ‘Report.’

March 10, 2010

Bruce Conner’s Report (1967) and Jim McBride’s David Holzman’s Diary (1967) both appeared in a year whencynicism about the media, politics, and the Vietnam War were high and cultural shifts were taking place all over the globe.  The Kennedy assassination had shocked the country just four years before, and the growth of an underground press … Read More

Tracking Political Participation Among The Colbert Report Audiences

May 14, 2009

Since the mid-90’s, proponents of the Internet have championed the new technology as a reviver of democracy, a way for individual voices to be heard in a political landscape where politicians increasingly favor their own interests over of the people they are elected to represent.   In 2001, Pierre Lévy wrote, in Cyberculture, True electronic democracy … Read More

The Role of The Daily Show in Speaking Truth to Power

April 9, 2009

On the November 5th, the day after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, Jon Stewart asked his audience on The Daily Show “How are we gonna make this shit funny?”  Stewart stepped into the role of host of the show in 1999, the tail end of the Clinton administration, but for the past 8 … Read More

The Politics of Media Ownership in Remix Culture

October 28, 2008

In Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky outlines 5 filters through which the dominant elite is able to control the media and regulate information.  They are: concentrated ownership, the influence of advertising, reliance on information from the government, flak (backlash) and “anticommunism” as a control mechanism[1].   Nowhere does he cite direct government control (i.e. regulation by legislation) … Read More