Mike Brown and the Information Age Imbroglio

22 August 2014 ·

"Under monopoly all mass culture is identical, and the lines of its artificial framework begin to show through. The people at the top are no longer so interested in concealing monopoly: as its violence becomes more open, so its power grows. Movies and radio need no longer pretend to be art. The truth that they are just business is made into an ideology in order to justify the rubbish they deliberately produce. They call themselves industries; and when their directors’ incomes are published, any doubt about the social utility of the finished products is removed."

~ Theodor Adorno (via vroomheid)

(Source: goebel, via sinthematica)

10 September 2013 ·

Noam Chomsky on language and ideology

wittgensteinsnephew:

WOMAN: Dr. Chomsky, it seems the terms of political discourse themselves are a tool for propagandizing the population. How is language used to prevent us from understanding and to disempower us?

CHOMSKY: Well, the terminology we use is heavily ideologically laden, always.  Pick your term: if it’s a term that has any significance whatsoever – like, not “and” or “or” – it typically has two meanings: a dictionary meaning and a meaning that’s used for ideological warfare.  So, “terrorism” is only what other people do.  What’s called “communism” is supposed to be “the far left”; in my view, it’s the far right, basically indistinguishable from fascism.  These guys that everybody calls “conservative,” any conservative would turn over in their grave at the sight of them – they’re extreme statists, they’re not “conservative” in any traditional meaning of the word. “Special interests” means labor, women, blacks, the poor, the elderly, the young – in other words, the general population.  There’s only one sector of the population that doesn’t ever get mentioned as a “special interest,” and that’s corporations, and business in general – because they’re the “national interest.” Or take “defense”: I have never heard of a state that admits it’s carrying out an aggressive act, they’re always engaged in “defense,” no matter what they’re doing – maybe “preemptive defense” or something.

As I said in a recent post, I generally don’t like mixing social and political thought into my arts blog. But I wanted to put this out there today because Chomsky’s often-repeated point here about the relationship between language, ideology, and power structures is, in my opinion, an absolutely fundamental and relatively poorly understood fact of history and culture—and one that’s essential to grasp in order to make sense of the forces that shape the world around us (and within us, unfortunately). 

This quote is over twenty years old, and still achingly relevant (not to mention that Socrates was given the choice between exile or death over fairly similar sentiments more than two thousand years ago).

(Source: rocknrolldeathsquad)

1 July 2012 ·

MSNBC: Boycott forces GoDaddy to stop supporting SOPA

You can make a difference. Why, with a little coordination and, say, 37,000 client migrations, it’s amazing how quickly one can get a corporation to completely overhaul its philosophy overnight:

In a flurry of statements released over the last few days, Go Daddy said it no longer supported the House version of the legislation, known as SOPA, nor had it ever backed the Senate version (Protect IP Act, or PIPA), and noted that it has been removed from the U.S. Congressional list of SOPA supporters. SOPA would make the streaming of unauthorized content a felony and websites that violate it could be blocked by Internet service providers and payment processors as well as de-indexed by search engines.

"Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities," Adelman said in the statement. 

The boycott and transfer day were organized by users of social news site Reddit, which also set up a boycott site…

…”All of the sudden there really is a lot of mainstream attention … we’re seeing a lot of people waking up to these issues and taking a firm stance,” said Parker Higgins, an EFF activist. “It is an important issue and it’s one that really affects the future of the Internet.”

The House Judiciary Committee has said it would debate the bill early next year.

30 December 2011 ·

lucipherous:

Yeah…. What could [they ] be possibly be upset about?

lucipherous:

Yeah…. What could [they ] be possibly be upset about?

(via amodernmanifesto)

18 October 2011 ·

"It is true that the eyes dominate the ears in our time…but being quiet and meditating on sound is something completely different, and will be discovered very soon by a lot of people who feel that the visual world doesn’t reach their soul anymore."

~

Karlheinz Stockhausen

14 October 2011 ·

amodernmanifesto:

Manufacturing Consent with Noam Chomsky

It sure would be nice if they would show you this on the first day of your senior year in high school, maybe.

8 August 2011 ·

I was like…this is The Onion, right? Haha. Hahahahaha. 

Then I realized that, no, this is Pat Robertson, and it has probably been voraciously consumed by millions of strange people.

Things I learned that I never knew before:

  • The U.S. is the freest and nicest nation on Earth (cue rainbows and unicorns)
  • Islam was founded in the 8th Century B.C.
  • "The media" is "hard-left"
  • Christianity never oppressed women and was never used as a pretext for violence 

motherjones:

Pat Robertson’s question for the media: “What in Heaven’s name is wrong with you? Are you so anti-American, are you so opposed to this great nation and the freedoms you have that you want to embrace something out of the eighth century, BC?”

For the record, the Islamic calendar begins in the year 622, e.g. the seventh century AD.

Also, Pat Robertson embraces Jesus, e.g. something out of the first century AD. Which must mean he’s anti-American and a terrible historian.

(Via Joe.My.God.)

3 August 2011 ·

60 plays

The B-52s - “Channel Z”

(photo by arnisto.com

13 June 2011 ·

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