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Review of Re-collection. Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 2014 Annet Dekker, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam Republished from Computational Culture, a journal of software studies Re-collection. Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito asks the question of how our increasingly digital civilisation will persist beyond our lifetimes. The authors focus on the preservation of new media art as a case study in new media’s broader challenge to social memory. Rinehart and Ippolito are well-known names in the fieldRead More
Danny Schechter Was Our News Dissector
(editor’s note: I had the good fortune of meeting and very briefly working with Danny Schechter in the early 2000’s at New College of California when we consulted on a project to redevelop the curriculum for the Media Studies Program. The author of this article, John Nichols knew Schechter very well and understood the importance of his work and writes an obituary that gives Schechter the credit he deserves for his work in media studies, media criticism and activism. Nichols is co-founder along with Robert McChesney of Free Press.) ItRead More
People who frequent Facebook and other social media networks took notice last month when the news broke that Facebook “Trust Engineers” had created a human behavior laboratory using real-time users to try and modify their feedback without their knowledge. This story created a brief uproar when it broke. WNYC’s Radiolab, a breakthrough experimental journalism podcast group uncovers the social engineering project and takes you behind the scenes for a glimpse at what many consider to be a scary proposition – that your every move is being watched by someone, somewhereRead More
private equity media investments - illustration by Mark Gould
MARK GOULD, March 18,2015 As the author Matthew Crain points out in his International Journal of Communications article The Rise of Private Equity Media Ownership in the United States: A Public Interest Perspective, most research and public discussion centers around the ownership and policies of corporate media, while there is generally less known about investments in the U.S. media sector by non-corporate financial institutions. While the media environment is a culture dominated by a hyper-capitalist generated ownership system fueled and controlled by mergers, acquisitions, investments and to some extent venture capital, givenRead More
The Framework For Net Neutrality and Equal Access Affirmed By FCC Decision In the beginning the Internet was almost entirely non-commercial, access was free at first and then at what was a very affordable price from any number of local service providers, and there was no surveillance. Things have changed in 2015. Media activist and historian Robert McChesney says a lot of people have lost site of the issues of internet freedoms. It’s what he calls the “Digital Disconnect:” What’s been taking place—and I think it’s really crystallized in the last fiveRead More
by Mark Gould SAN FRANCISCO February 14, 2015 Sometimes you have to look pretty hard to see it, because it’s intentionally camouflaged to fit right into the flow of news on the page. It goes by different names, sponsored content, content marketing, branded content or promoted news, but these days most people in the trade are calling it “native advertising.” The rise of this phenomenon has largely to do with the fact that few people click on banner ads online. Almost everyone recognizes that it’s an ad, and someone wantsRead More
From WNYC, NY – On The Media On the narratives we expect after a terrorist event, double standards for free speech in France, and the eerie technology of Black Mirror’s not-so-distant future.Read More

Posted On January 22, 2015By SFsthetikIn Culture, Internet, Media, Politics

Communication: the Invisible Environment

(editor’s note: Jay Taber is an author, essayist, philosopher and activist among many other pursuits. Taber leads the Public Good Project, a volunteer-run research and education network of activists, analysts, journalists and editors conducting investigative research since 1994.) Commentary JAN 22 2015 by Jay Taber In his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman — American media theorist, humanist and cultural critic — noted that “new technology can never substitute for human values.” In American society today, our social amusements have come to occupy not only our pastimes, butRead More
by Mark Gould At present when it comes to examining issues of race, violence against women and social justice protests for changes in the conduct of some law enforcement officers, traversing the landscape is like wading through a minefield. Just where do we start? There are professional  black athletes, themselves portrayed as a stereotype of male aggression, protesting violence against black men, while a very small minority are themselves accused of violence against women. Some athletes are playing for teams with unpleasant ethnic caricatures for logos and mascots with some teams and leagues notRead More
House Speaker John Boehner released a video yesterday of him and his new toy wind up monkey, a gift given to him by his staff. In the video Mr. Boehner is playing with his cute granddaughters. While awfully cute - the timing of the House being on vacation does raise the more serious question - Should Congress approve a decision to send troops to Syria?Read More