Category Archives: Media in America

The Rachel Maddow Show Interviews Jon Stewart

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

Jon shows us, yet again why he is an amazing person… and we are lucky to have him in the discourse of our country.  For laughs and for his humanity which is lost with so many television personalities… He is raw, real and not hype and loud.

Listen to this discourse, it is almost as if we were in England.  A debate, a civil back and fourth with no yelling and no name calling… most of all: NO CUTTING ANYONE OFF.  Listening, to each other is long lost in this country.  We are a dumb, sound-bite loving, 15 min. of fame seeking country.

We could learn from this… this is a “teachable moment”.  We need to cut the cord of the news culture and fix our problems, that means WE not US or THEM. Welcome to the civility of cultured speech.  Thanks Jon, and thanks Rachel!

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I.O.U.S.A. – One Nation. Under Debt. In Stress.

1:21:29 – 7 months ago

Wake up, America! We’re on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

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The Corporation

3:00:06 – 2 years ago
You’d think that things like disasters, or the purity of childhood, or even milk, let alone water or air, would be sacred. But no. Corporations have no built-in limits on what, who, or how much they can exploit for profit. In the fifteenth century, the enclosure movement began to put fences around public grazing lands so that they might be privately owned and exploited. Today, every molecule on the planet is up for grabs. In a bid to own it all, corporations are patenting animals, plants, even your DNA. Around things too precious, vulnerable, sacred or important to the public interest, governments have, in the past, drawn protective boundaries against corporate exploitation. Today, governments are inviting corporations into domains from which they were previously barred. You’d think that things like disasters, or the purity of childhood, or even milk, let alone water or air, would be sacred. But no. Corporati…all 

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Movies – "Gonzo"

Hunter Thompson and the Writer

By Roadjunky, Posted Feb 25, 2009

Fear and loathing is a choice.

I went to see Gonzo recently, the new documentary based on the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson, the father of gonzo journalism. Johnny Depp read aloud the words by Thompson featured in the film, just as he had acted them in Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and interviews with the likes of dsfvdvdsvfvfdvfd (editor of the magazine, Rolling Stone), Jimmy Carter and Ralph Steadman, as well as with his son and ex-wives, made Gonzo a steady, credible documentary that explores the man and the myth with guts and humor.

We get to see footage of Hunter as a brash young journalist arguing with Hell’s Angels who didn’t appreciate his book about them that propelled him to fame, Hunter running for Sheriff in Aspen and Hunter on the political scene as he mercilessly covered the 1972 political campaign. We learn about the edge that he brought to journalism and what kind of a difference his words made to a generation.

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Media Literacy: How the Media Constructs Reality – Totsepedia

KEY CONCEPTS

    1. All media are CONSTRUCTIONS.
    2. All media construct REALITY.
    3. AUDIENCES negotiate meaning in media.
    4. Media have COMMERCIAL implications.
    5. Media contain IDEOLOGICAL and VALUE messages.
    6. Media have SOCIAL and POLITICAL implications.
    7. Media have UNIQUE AESTHETIC FORM that is closely related to CONTENT.

Reprinted from Media Literacy Resource Guide: Intermediate and Senior Division. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Education, 1989.

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