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September 25, 2002


Alleged 'Bumfights' Video Makers Arrested in Calif.
- you might've heard about these guys. These lovely entreprenuers would pay homeless people to fight each other while they filmed it, and then sold the videotapes on the internet. What was most disturbing to me was a skit they called "Bum Hunter," like the TV show "Crocodile Hunter," where they would sneak up on sleeping homeless people, torment them, scare the shit out of them, tie them up, etc. But then they paid the people they'd just fucked with, so that makes it okay, right? Anyhow, these assholes might be going to jail. Good riddance.

Fox News Channel Called Anti-Islam- the news isn't so interesting as the reader responses. Got this link from a public relations industry news site. The article itself is about an accusation by the Council on American-Islamic Relations which claims that the Fox News Channel is biased against Muslims. But then the PR professionals who read this site went nuts, arguing in the reader feedback section that Fox News is not biased, and that Muslims and Arabs want to destroy us all. Which shocks me, because for the right price, I'm sure that all of these self-righteous anti-Muslims would take the CAIR on as a client and likewise decry Fox News.

Union Says Paper Won't Practice What It Preaches- possibly just slander by opposing L.A. media outlets, but... Alternative newsweekly the LA Weekly, which frequently takes editorial stands in favor of unions and labor rights seems to be fighting fiercely to prevent their advertising staff from joining a union. The paper argues that they are only concerned about their employees, that they think a union is not in their best interest. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, every goddam attempt by an employer to stop their workers from unionizing!

School Newspaper Takes Heat in DeKalb- this year's first edition of Blue and Gold, the newspaper of Chamblee High School in Georgia, had an article and an editorial that were critical of new school district superintendent Johnny Brown. Claiming that the papers had "factual errors," Brown ordered that the undistributed copies of the Blue and Gold be removed from the campus. Thankfully, Brown's assistant lets us know that "We didn't confiscate papers. We took up papers that hadn't been distributed yet. There's a big difference." That's a relief! For a minute there I thought a school official was abusing his power and silencing his critics!

Anyhow, it seems a good time to point out that students in American schools really have no right to self-expression. According to the law, school pricipals have the right to control just about anything which "disrupts the learning environment," a term so broad it can mean anything from publishing "disruptive" news articles to wearing "disruptive" clothing to saying "disruptive" things.

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November 16, 2004

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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