....LMB: "Bits of Pride"....

November 22, 2002

I know some fellas in a band called Anti-Flag. In these days where a punk band can make large dollars by singing pop songs about love and romance on MTV, Anti-Flag continues to sing about "unpopular" subjects like Vieques, alternative media, corporate capitalism and war. I've also always been impressed with the way they try to take care of their fans. At the start of each performance, the band passionately tells the crowd that "we're all a family here," and demand that the crowd look out for each other in the frenetic moshing and dancing that is about to take place. And the crowd enthusiastically agrees. Good fellas, Anti-Flag.

Anyhow, I visited their site today and found another way that they're trying to take care of their fans. In these days of Patriotic Correctness (the new, more dangerous PC), some of their more politically outspoken young fans are being hassled by the students and faculty of their schools. Wearing "No Blood for Oil" shirts, or even apolitical "Anti-Flag" logo t-shirts can land them in trouble, get them yelled at, picked on, or even expelled. So Anti-Flag has written and posted a page on their site dedicated to helping students fight for their freedom of speech. It tells them what their legal rights are as students, the duties and limitations of school administrators, ways to argue in defense of their speech or clothing, and ways to fight back against rules they think are unjust. I think that's fucking great, and it makes me feel kinda proud to know them.

In other prideful news, the Axis of Justice website is finally up. It is the site for the rock 'n radicalism non-profit organization I am running with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello (now of the band Audioslave) and System of a Down's Serj Tankian. The goal is to bring musicians, music fans, and activist organizations together to, well, turn them all into activists. Except for the graphics and programming, the site is entirely my doing. I'm trying to make the it a resource where folks can learn about political issues, movements and organizations, and then hopefully decide to somehow take action on the matters that are important to them. I am not trying to tell anyone what political topics are important, nor tell them what goals or tactics they should embrace to save the world. But I'm certainly not going to shy away from giving them my opinion.

Anyhow, please visit the site, and feel free to send me any suggestions for it. And if you're into political discussions, we've got an Axis of Justice messageboard in effect too.

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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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