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

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

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

Reaction to ‘The Free-Appropriation Writer’ in the New York Times

Reaction to ‘The Free-Appropriation Writer’ in the New York Times

April 12, 2010

On February 26 2010, in a piece called “The Free-Appropriation Writer,” The New York Times’ Randy Kennedy reported on the recent controversy over German novelist Helene Hegemann, and whether the use of another writer’s work in her novel was theft or an allowable form of “sampling” or “remix.” In this piece I’ll try to show … Read More

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

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

Media Hot & Cold Revisited

Media Hot & Cold Revisited

November 30, 2009

The following is my reaction to Eduardo Navas’ excellent article posted on Remix Theory, about how McLuhan’s ideas about “Hot & Cold” media apply to a contemporary media landscape that is vastly different from the milieux in which McLuhan was writing in the 60’s.     I originally posted this on the Social Media Mashup … Read More

De-Douching America

De-Douching America

August 2, 2009

This weekend, I’m catching up on my Daily Shows & Colbert Reports that I missed while in SF. I just watched Wednesday’s Daily Show, and was blown away by “So You Think You Can Douche”, taking on the talking heads on cable news networks. It’s not that it was so much better than the typical … Read More

Tracking Political Participation Among The Colbert Report Audiences

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

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

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