....LMB: "Just Another Day in Hollywood"....

June 17, 2002

I'm not big on turning blogs into diaries, but I feel compelled to document this.

Friday, June 14, 2002

7am- wake up tired.

7am-8am- search net for interesting news articles for RATM.com.

8am-1:20pm- call activist groups, organize presentation for 2pm meeting re: Ozzfest's "Axis of Justice" political activism tables

1:20pm-2:20pm- battle traffic to the Westside for meeting.

2:20-4pm- meet with System of a Down's Serj Tankian about Axis of Justice. Serj is amazingly friendly. His phalanax of managers are very hip and very good at pretending to be friendly (before I leave I check my neck for fang marks). I manage to convince members of an internationally famous metal band and a handful of music industry mercenaries to watch a short, powerful documentary about Nike's exploitation of its Indonesian workforce. Take that, forces of evil.

4pm-8pm- goof off, play mildly commie/rebel-oriented video game Red Faction, eat Zankou Chicken.

8pm-9pm- voyage with Candice & Jeremy through creepy parts of downtown LA's wherehouse district for a performance of "interactive machine art."

11pm- show finally starts. My favorite machines: Shower of Fire and The Respirator. More pics at Seemen.org

12:30-1:30- meal at Palms Thai, home of Thai Elvis. These sort of things don't even strike me as surreal anymore. The salty fish fried rice is so salty that it makes me want to throw things. Thai Elvis sings "Happy Birthday" twice.

late am- bed.

Posted by Jake at 01:45 PM
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Hello! I have great interest in your cause, and who exactly you are. I haven't heard anything about you in contact with Axis of Justice, so I am a little confused, but you sound like you're fighting the good fight, brother. I am also a great fan of System of a Down and all of what they stand for; Serj has inspired a great change in my life. I guess I am just commenting about my approval and respect of and for you. Also, I don't mean to bug you with questions I'm sure you get substantially often, but do you know how I could contact Serj, or if you could possibly forward a message? I have more to say than you're average fan, believe you me. Thank you, and if there is any support I can give, just email me back.
Timothy

Posted by: Timothy at August 13, 2002 01:51 PM

I'm trying to get a hold of an old friend. Ara B., he at one time said he was the drum tech. for John from SOAD. He also said they were like cousin's or something. He did get a shout out on the self titled album, that he gave to me. Hell, he had like a box full of the CD's so why should I not have believed him. Also, I was pretty f'd up at the time, but I think I met John. We were somewhere in La Cresenta. That day really was a blur, as I said I was pretty gone. If it helps Ara used to work for Papajohns at the time delivering pizza. Anyways...if somebody could forward this message to SOAD and/or Ara B., I'd like to get a hold of him. My email address is tommygunsteve@hotmail.com. Thank you.

Posted by: Steven Gruner at December 17, 2003 05:57 PM
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Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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