Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Morning Music Café with The Disposable Heroes of Hypocrisy

"one nation
under God
has turned into
one nation under the influence
of one drug
Television, the drug of the Nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation"

I thought this would be an appropriate Debut for the Friday Morning Music Café, especially for all of those taking “Media and Communications Theory.”

Michael Franti, is a San Francisco native and political activist. He was certainly ahead of the curve in popular culture when this song was released in 1992. This is a current “hot-button” political topic amongst the political left.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Fascist “Left-Wing” Blogosphere?

Last December I argued that the emerging “liberal blogosphere” was and would continue to play a major role in US politics. Last month, every Democratic candidate for president attended the 2nd annual Yearly Kos (a convention of left-wing, liberal, and democratic partisan bloggers). Have a look at all the candidates’ websites and you’ll find links and tools to all the major online social organizations. The candidates furthermore employ full-time "bloggers" as part of there core campaign staff. Perhaps a better way to guage their political effectiveness is by how the "right-wing" portrays them.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Democracy’s invisible line

The US writer Noam Chomsky talks about the mechanisms behind modern communication, an essential instrument of government in democratic countries – as important to our governments as propaganda is to a dictatorship.