....LMB: "Missouri Says Hello"....

July 06, 2003

Hello folks.

A brief note from a hotel room in Kansas City, the one not actually in Kansas, but in a state next to Kansas.

One show down in my brief three-show jaunt with the Lollapalooza tour. I made it through show #1 in Nobleville, Indiana alive, despite torrential rains and doing clever things like running through an epic thunderstorm carrying a 15-foot metal ladder. Apparently weather around the Midwest can turn on a dime, going from oppressive sun and heat to downpours and back one or more times a day. All I know for sure is that the Lollapalooza crowd seemed unfazed by their drenching and skies run amuck with lightning.

Our Axis of Justice booth is not going as planned, but is going quite well just the same (speaks highly of the powers of chaos and flexibility, I'd say). At the Indiana show, we had help from Boxcar Books, the Center for Sustainable Living, and Amnesty International. We also showed some nice documentaries from IndyMedia, Big Noise Films, Educating for Justice, and the Cascadia Media Collective (check out some of that last one, that shit was hardcore) on massive TV screens donated to us by Sony-- which ironically puts us into opposition with Lollapalooza sponsor Xbox (incidentally, I have it on good authority that Xbox consoles are made in sweatshops in the Czech Republic and Hungary. I'm thinking of putting a sign with this information in our tent).

I know I can and should tell y'all a vivid tale of my adventures, but I am a really, really lazy human being (someday I'll figure out how my lazy ass became a workaholic). Short version: Lollapalooza = retail hell, Midwest lightningstorms will blow your mind, and Jake's shoes are unlikely to survive their long soaking in the Indiana mud.

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Jake, before you go filling the heads of Lollapalooza attendees with tales of the horrors of XBox production, you might want to actually check your facts.

The XBox is manufactured in Guadalajara, Mexico and Doumen, China by Flextronics, one of the world's largest contract manufacturers. Production for the European market was based in Hungary early on, but has since been moved to China. You can find an article about it here:

http://www.amcham.hu/BusinessHungary/16-06/articles/16-06_27.asp

There is also an article about Flextronics and Microsoft's decision to contract them for XBox production here:

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.11/flex.html

This was the cover story in Wired Magazine's November 2001 issue, so it's not exactly obscure.

You can draw whatever conclusions you want to about the business practices of contract manufacturers like Flextronics and Solectron. (Although I suggest you conduct some more research before you do.) If you do decide to rally against them, however, you might want to talk about more than the XBox. Most of today's manufacturing is being farmed out to these companies, especially electronics.

Posted by: CAUS at July 7, 2003 08:27 AM

Jake, before you go filling the heads of Lollapalooza attendees with tales of the horrors of XBox production, you might want to actually check your facts.

The XBox is manufactured in Guadalajara, Mexico and Doumen, China by Flextronics, one of the world's largest contract manufacturers. Production for the European market was based in Hungary early on, but has since been moved to China. You can find an article about it here:

http://www.amcham.hu/BusinessHungary/16-06/articles/16-06_27.asp

There is also an article about Flextronics and Microsoft's decision to contract them for XBox production here:

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.11/flex.html

This was the cover story in Wired Magazine's November 2001 issue, so it's not exactly obscure.

You can draw whatever conclusions you want to about the business practices of contract manufacturers like Flextronics and Solectron. (Although I suggest you conduct some more research before you do.) If you do decide to rally against them, however, you might want to talk about more than the XBox. Most of today's manufacturing is being farmed out to these companies, especially electronics.

Posted by: CAUS at July 7, 2003 08:29 AM

Okay, I'll partially retract my Xbox claims then. A friend of mine was in Eastern Europe last year and she spoke to some of the workers who'd worked on the Xbox. She mentioned that there was also talk by Microsoft of of moving their manufacture to China. Looks like that might have come to pass.

Posted by: Jake at July 7, 2003 09:54 AM

Nothing like Midwest weather...

Posted by: Eric at July 7, 2003 09:56 AM

Nothing like Midwest weather...When was that show in Indy anyway? I wasn't that far away.

Posted by: Eric at July 7, 2003 09:57 AM

I hated getting caught up in those midwestern thunder storms. Without warning, the heaviest fucking thunder storm of your life proceeds to dump gallons of water on your head. When you get a prolongd storm out there, it really booms.. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to a thunderstorm in Cincinnati, shaking my whole apartment. I thought for a second that maybe Bush was right an the Iraqi's did have the bomb.

Good luck witht he Axis of Justice. I have yet to hear of it, but it sounds creative and fun.

Posted by: tas at July 11, 2003 09:22 PM

hey Jake, i know this is completely random, but do you know whats up with the Zapatistas? i haven't heard anything about them for a long time...

Posted by: Akasha at July 11, 2003 10:41 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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