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by Alan Feuer
The D.I.Y. arts scene — that illicit and usually itinerant cultural milieu — may have found a legal, if not a permanent, home for this summer in New York. It is called the Silent Barn, and it could be thought of as Brooklyn’s First Church of the Perpetual House Party.
Last weekend, in its renovated warehouse in Bushwick, the Boston band Speedy Ortiz was playing on the kitchen floor while some of the residents were jamming upstairs in a second space known, with ironic misdirection, as the Champagne Room. A barber in a porkpie hat was giving trims in his improvised salon beneath the public record store at the site. In the courtyard, partygoers drank cheap beer beside a vegetable garden and the Canned Ham, a ‘70s mobile home that serves as a small bed-and-breakfast for out-of-town musicians passing through New York.
by John Nichols and Robert McChesney
In a communications landscape where everything is up for grabs, the most powerful—and self-serving—players are grabbing for everything. And decisions that President Obama and his next appointee to chair the Federal Communications Commission will make in the coming months could well decide whether new media robber barons will dominate the local, state and national discourse.
Rupert Murdoch has renewed his push to have the FCC scrap its thirty-eight-year-old media cross-ownership rule, which bars him from buying up the daily newspaper, the largest television and radio stations, and the top digital news and entertainment sites in major American cities. Murdoch wants to rule the roost in Los Angeles, where he already owns TV stations and is salivating at the prospect of combining them with the Los Angeles Times, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, which the Tribune Company is putting up for sale.
by Norman Solomon
If your daily routine takes you from one noncommercial progressive website to another, you might feel pretty good about the current state of the Internet.
But while mass media have supplied endless raptures about a digital revolution, corporate power has seized the Internet -- and the anti-democratic grip is tightening every day.
Immigration. Yes. Chicago Youth Violence. Yes. Education. Yes.
On this spoken word project titled ILL POETS SOCIETY, six (6) poets from across the great state of Illinois were brought together to expound on the modern day issues facing America. The crown jewel of this project is a spoken word piece titled "Chi City Youth" by Jazmine McKinney. From the outset, she captivates audiences with her wordplay as she expresses the grief in her soul for her family, friends and community. To download the album for free, visit www.TheShow1045.com.
The film is available for checkout at local public libraries and cultural centers within the Champaign-Urbana community. This project was funded by SORF and supported in part by a City of Urbana Arts Grant.
Americans would benefit from less outrage at anti-US sentiment and more energy toward understanding why it's so widespread
by Glenn Greenwald
Which of these two stories is causing more controversy and outrage in the US?
New York Daily News, Friday:
"Fiercely anti-American lyrics from Korean rapper Psy have been unearthed just two weeks before the star is scheduled to perform for President Obama.
"The 'Gangnam Style' singer calls for US soldiers to be killed in one song, prompting a short-lived petition to ax Psy from the bill at the Christmas in Washington celebration.
"In 2004, Psy rapped on a South Korean metal band's song, 'Dear American', at a protest concert, The Washington Post reported. 'Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives', he said. 'Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture. Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully.'
Dear community radio allies,
What are you doing in October 2013? This morning the FCC voted to create new opportunities for community radio stations, in cities and rural areas alike. Next fall, groups around the country can finally apply to start new stations.
At Prometheus we love to get technical, so I'll share the wonky details on the new FCC rules below. But first, what does today's FCC vote really mean?
The number of low power stations in the U.S. could double or triple.
Communities in most urban areas will no longer be excluded from starting our own stations.
Together, we have once again defeated powerful broadcast lobbyists fighting to keep "their" turf (the public airwaves).
In October 2013, we will have the first chance to start new low power stations anywhere in the country in more than a decade.
We can't wait! Prometheus led the fight to pass the Local Community Radio Act, and we've kept the pressure on the FCC to implement it. With your help, we are ready to move from fighting in Washington to building stations nationwide.
by Cat Johnson
As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. There are also groups emerging that consciously identify with the big-picture sharing movement. These groups focus on education, action and community-building, and advocate for a cultural shift toward widespread sharing.
From neighborhood-level cooperatives to global organizations, these groups work to bring sharing into the mainstream. They see sharing as a new paradigm; a means to a more democratic society, and they understand that sharing is not a new fad but an ancient practice that technology is reinvigorating.
What follows is a far-from-exhaustive list of sharing advocacy groups around the world. There are, certainly, many others. Ideally, this list will serve as a springboard for connecting with a sharing community near you, or one that is aligned with your vision for a shareable world.
GEO, the teaching and graduate assistant union at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, produced an animation illustrating just one of several points of conflict in the ongoing contract negotiations with UIUC administrators:
GEO members have been working without a contract for months now and recently voted to authorize a strike. For more info:
by Jillian C. York
Some things change, but others stay the same. While the types of threats facing Internet users worldwide have diversified over the past few years, from targeted malware to distributed denial of service attacks, one thing has remained constant: governments seeking to exert control over their populations still remain the biggest threat to the open Internet.
This is no more apparent than in the latest edition of Google's Transparency Report (http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/). As Dorothy Chou explains on Google's Public Policy Blog (http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/), government requests for both user data (see this Deeplinks post for more details - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/11/google-transparency-report-shows-r...) and content removal is on the rise. Content removal requests were stagnant for quite some time, notes Chou, but have spiked during the first half of 2012, during which there were 1,791 requests from government officials around the world to remove 17,746 pieces of content.