Archive for the 'Media politics' Category

Video games and politics blog

Sorry to post so much, but this blog is absolute money. Here Barack Obama says that kids are spending too much time watching TV and on video games. A professor is disappointed by Obama’s stance on video games.

Also, according to Ian Bogost, social networking and youtube have taken over the role of video games in this election cycle.

Media politics &Uncategorized George Altshuler 14 May 2008 No Comments

A Little Public Domain Happiness

When browsing Wikipedia, I discovered that fellow Blue Hill Mainer Noel “Paul” Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) gave the copyright to one of his songs to the Public Domain Foundation. Pretty cool.

Wikipedia Link

copyright &Media politics Ross Bell 29 Apr 2008 No Comments

The Man who wrote 200,000 books!

Hey Guys, This is a really cool article from NYT. Phillip M. Parker uses a team of computers to compile public information from the net. He then frames all the pertinent stuff into books for consumers. This seems to be one of the more important changes to the way that we link to together information and is certainly a function of the “wealth of networks.”

“Comparing himself to a distant disciple of Henry Ford, he said he was ‘deconstructing the process of getting books into people’s hands; every single step we could think of, we automated’.”

copyright &Internets &Media politics &Politics Ernest Russell 14 Apr 2008 1 Comment

Polarization of Networks

A more non-political example of Benkler’s argument concerning the audience-orientation of certain media is this Levi’s jeans commerical that alludes to a homosexual couple. From my experience, this commercial was only shown on the more liberal, youth-orientated stations such as Bravo and MTV. I don’t know if most of you have seen this, but I thought I would post it anways.

Media politics &Videos Melissa Marshall 09 Apr 2008 No Comments

A Critique of American News Media

In one of their best (in my opinion) segments to date, The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart looks at Al-Jazeera English and tries to give them a helping hand by “americanizing” the broadcast by adding graphics, banter and new music.

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Media politics &Politics &Videos Ross Bell 07 Apr 2008 1 Comment

Mossberg on the State of Our Internet

Here’s a link to an interesting clip of renowned tech guru\analyst Walt Mossberg discussing how the US Government needs to get involved in bringing high-speed internet to the masses, as well as his thoughts on the future of internet multimedia…

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Advertising &Media politics &Taste of the Internet &Videos Ross Bell 06 Apr 2008 1 Comment

Reading responses for 4/8

The bulk of Benkler’s book for this week focuses on how network culture impacts our political processes. What issues and arguments seem particularly relevant to you, especially in light of the ongoing campaign that many people are referring to as the “YouTube Election”? Do you see evidence of increased autonomy and freedom emerging around politics in the networked ecology?

Media politics &Reading Responses Jason Mittell 05 Apr 2008 10 Comments

Net neutrality & OK Go

From today’s New York Times, the lead singer of OK Go discusses net neutrality, tying nicely into a number of Benkler’s arguments.

Media politics Jason Mittell 05 Apr 2008 1 Comment

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