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April 14, 2003

The Lying Media Bastards weblog turns one year old today.

You can read that first anemic post here.

Been an odd year for sure. Odd and depressing. And maddening, don't forget maddening. Jeez, I've been writing about the US plan to invade Iraq for almost a solid year now (and ranting about it on my radio show for even longer). I should pick a new, more enjoyable topic. Like ice cream. Yes, from now on, all LMB entries will be about ice cream.

I had been away for a while. I'd spent several years working on a newsletter called "NewsWatch" (yes, sucky name, thanks), but stopped back in 1999 when overwhelmed by grad skool. After a long hiatus, I returned to the quasi-journalism biz after 9-11, because I realized that the people who were the most frightened were the ones who were the least informed. I felt that I could help educate folks about the world around them, and maybe they wouldn't be so fearful.

I created StrayBulletins.com, which was intended as a compendium of investigative news articles. LyingMediaBastards.com was to be a place to let off steam, to set aside the objectivity and call a motherfucker a motherfucker.

As time passed, I found that I had less and less time to spend on the sort of research that SB articles would require. Add to that the fact that LMB was becoming pretty damn popular, and that LMB articles were a hell of a lot more fun to write, and, well... SB languished while LMB bloomed.

The LMB site is intended as a way of spreading news that I think is important that I don't think many people are hearing, and a way of venting my fury at some of this news. Every day cuts me to the bone, so the least I can do is bleed on my keyboard for y'all.

Some folks lately have accused me of bias here on the site. Duh. I write about what I think is important, about what makes me angry, and about what makes me laugh. All of those are highly subjective. I work on the assumption that my readers consume heaps of mainstream media, and feel that my site is a good counterbalancing supplement to that.

Lots of people like LMB, which makes me feel good (half a million hits since I moved the blog to its own domain in early May)(which sounds so impressive, until you learn what a lousy and inaccurate statistic "hits" is). I'd probably be doing this even if no one read it, but the visits and emails help validate my work (and stroke my ego). Thanks for that. Thanks for reading.

On Emma's site today, she talks about blogs as collectives, that single weblogs are unimpressive, but the way that your brain intersects with the various blogs that you read in a day changes the way you understand the news of the day. Interesting point. I have no real interest in musing on the nature of weblogs right now, so that'll have to do.

I'll also remind you that there is a Lying Media Bastards radio show. Every week. Mondays. 2-4pm PST. Hosted by me. About 75% music, about 25% the sort of material that you'd see on the site. The music's probably about 60% political music. Maybe 50% punk and hard rock, 30% "alternative", 20% rap. I think it's a very good show, but, well, bias. Listen to it online at KillRadio.org, or on the air in Los Angeles at 104.7 FM (note: it's not broadcast by Kill Radio, it's downloaded and rebroadcast over the air by some mysterious radio pirate in the L.A. area. Don't know who they are, but I appreciate the effort).

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, and you want to get me a congratulatory (and educational) gift, you can click here for my "wish list" (don't worry, that's the first and only time I'll plug that). Also, I'm putting a lot of thought into redesigning the site. If any skilled muchacho or muchacha would like to volunteer to help me with that, please drop me an email.

I should probably put a bunch of "thank-yous" in here, but my brain is seriously misfiring at this time of night. So my lazy-ass'll just link to all the thank-yous and fuck-yous from my 2002 close-out post.

It's been a rough month for me, that could possibly turn into a rough year. But I'll do my best to keep the site in the manner to which you've become accustomed.

Thanks for reading.


In a bizarre coincidence, fellow lefty blog The Rittenhouse Review also turns one year old today.


Posted by Jake at 01:38 AM | TrackBack (0)

"blogs as collectives" link not working...

Posted by: mjb at April 14, 2003 09:55 AM

congratulations jakey!

how far you have come since the days of newswatch! why i remember those good old days. just like those old days in mr. poole's calculus class, drawing crappyass cartoons trying to destroy each other. remember those masterpieces? i think i have those still.

nicely done my man.
keep up the good ranting. i like it when you call people motherfucking motherfuckers. cracks me up every time.

your old pal


Posted by: art at April 14, 2003 11:03 AM

I've only being reading this site for a short while, but I have enjoyed it so far. The point of writing in a weblog is to be as bias as you want to be. I prefer to see the spin shown honestly than have it wrapped up in "fair and balanced" packaging.

Posted by: John at April 14, 2003 03:28 PM

congratulations Jake!

You've done well with this.


Posted by: michele at April 14, 2003 05:07 PM

Bravo! I am a newcomer to your web site but have since enjoyed your wonderful writings. Please keep up the good work.

Posted by: Canoe Driver at April 15, 2003 03:33 PM
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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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