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By Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (PC) are calling for the removal of a collage titled “Sacred Circle VI” by French-Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux. It’s on display in a provincial government building art gallery. From a distance the art looks like a mosaic. On closer inspection, one finds the patterns contain pornographic pictures of women. From The Hamilton Spectator: PC women’s critic Laurie Scott was “disappointed” to see a small art gallery in a provincial government office block in Toronto display a work with explicit images of women engaged in variousRead More
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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
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from Americans For The Arts: What is “net neutrality?” It’s the idea that your Internet service provider (ISP), like Verizon or Comcast, doesn’t discriminate when it comes to Internet traffic-meaning throttling or blocking legal content that you want to access or share. A company also can’t pay your ISP to speed up service for certain sites. A lot is at stake. At the heart of the issue is how to ensure an open Internet that preserves everyone’s ability to communicate freely online to learn, engage, express themselves, innovate, and beRead More
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February 11, 2015 A Culture of Imbeciles February 11, 2015 The economist features Avaaz co-founder and executive director Ricken Patel on the cover, May/June 2013 Patel (to the left of Al Gore) delivers a petition to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon at the People’s Climate March in New York City, Sept. 21, 2014 ++ In his classic orientation to American politics, Indispensable Enemies, Walter Karp described conflict between the two national political parties as largely a game of charades–choreographed by Wall Street. While party loyalists are quick to point outRead More
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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 Publicgood.org 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
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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes A Culture of Imbeciles  EDITORIAL January 16, 2015 Cults — religious or secular — involve dissemination of core beliefs by their agents. Whether priests or public relations provocateurs, these agents are the vectors by which recruiting and indoctrination are accomplished. In order to maintain the cult, ideological doctrine — when founded on nonsense — become mantras that prevent critical thought. The illogic of the climateers cult — of which Naomi Klein is the primary prophet — finds fertile ground in the political illiteracy of privileged first world progressives–fallenRead 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
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Protesters took to the streets in San Francisco for a second day on Saturday to show their solidarity with actions in other cities sparked by the refusal of two grand juries to bring charges against police in the killings of unarmed black men. The demonstrators once again blocked Market Street at Powell chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and “No Justice, No Peace.”  Their were several arrests, including a woman who appeared to be in her 70’s, who was taken away as the crowd jeered at police. There were no reportsRead More
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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