....LMB: "Edits, Updates & Sneak Previews"....

June 23, 2003

1) A few weeks back, I announced that I would be spending my summer on the Lollapalooza concert tour, running a political activism tent. Turns out I spoke too soon. I am organizing the tent, but someone else will be taking my place on the tour to run it. Someone made the excellent point of "how exactly are you going to run two non-profit organizations while spending your days sitting in the middle of a field in Ohio?" I'll probably be on the first week of tour dates (Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and maybe Milwaukee), and then maybe fly out for a couple of other shows mid-tour to make sure everything's still working smoothly (NYC, Denver, I dunno). A Mini-palooza, if you will. If you attend the show, feel free to try to find me, and if I'm not there, drop me a line and tell me what you thought.

2) A site redesign is in the works. My pal Mark (I'll withhold his last name, in case he's into that), former webmaster of the Rage Against the Machine website, has volunteered to re-engineer the LMB site. Frankly, my plan is to copy some of the layout of Dack's Rational Enquirer site. I'm tired of generic blog layouts. It will also allow me to present many types of information in a more logical, efficient way (I think). And I think my plan will also encourage me to write more about media issues and news, the alleged theme of this damn site.

3) Perhaps most importantly, our pal Garrick is planning on again returning to the Occupied Territories this summer. You may remember Garrick from his powerful email reports that I compiled into a page called Reports from Palestine. If you haven't read them, I highly recommend it. I also interviewed Garrick on my radio show back in November, that's worth a listen (although the sound quality is poor, sorry).

Anyhow, Garrick has expressed an interest in doing the same thing this summer, having me upload his emails to my site (although I think I'll make a few changes to that page, and blogify it). Now that I think about it, I have no idea how he'll get into the country, given recent Israeli laws prohibiting peace activists from entering the Occupied Territories. But if he makes it in, I'll post his reports on the site.

That's it. Time to sleep.

Posted by Jake at 01:13 AM | TrackBack (0)

Jake, where in Ohio are you going to be?

Posted by: Eric at June 23, 2003 07:51 AM

Well, I probably won't be there now that I've got a replacement, but the show's got stops in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Posted by: Jake at June 23, 2003 07:58 AM

The field in the Middle of Ohio is Ohio Stadium, on the campus of The Ohio State University. And I think you can get an 802.11 connection @ the 50 yard line. ;)

Posted by: Dan Isaacs at June 23, 2003 05:26 PM

No sweat Jake. My licensing fees are very reasonable.

Posted by: dack at June 24, 2003 08:01 AM
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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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