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Videos on Media, Internet Freedom & Communications Issues

This list of serious and funny videos about media issues includes videos on mainstream media, internet freedom, 'net neutrality, communications issues, information overload, and more.

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CNN PREGNANCY TEST
This funny video from Saturday Night Live pokes fun at the incessant news blather created by the concept of 24-hour coverage and the overemphasis on breaking news.  Watch funny cable news video(2:13)

 
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GOODBYE NET NEUTRALITY, HELLO GILDED-AGE INTERNET
With a court ruling now saying internet service providers no longer have to treat as equal all content going through their pipes, the big ISPs like Verizon and Comcast are rubbing their hands together at the thought of charging content providers more money for premium delivery speeds---and slowing down or blocking those who won't pay. Mark Fiore keeps his sense of humor as he animates the threat to our beloved "system of tubes."  Watch funny net neutrality video(1:38)

 
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CAN NET NEUTRALITY BE REBOOTED?
With a federal court having struck a blow against net neutrality, Stephen Colbert explores the funnier side of the impact. Then author Tim Wu deflects Colbert's denial-of-lip-service attack as he makes the case for net neutrality, arguing that cable companies want to impose toll booths on the internet.  Watch funny net neutrality video(6:49)

 
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ADDICTED TO LIKES
This funny animation plays off Robert Palmer's hit song "Addicted to Love" and explains that what we're really addicted to is Likes—and other meaningless forms of internet approval.  Watch funny Facebook video(3:24)

 
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HOW WILL THE END OF PRINT JOURNALISM AFFECT US?
Panelists discuss how the decline of the newspaper industry will affect the loons who depend on newspapers for stacking around their ramshackle homes---and others who rely on newsprint for various purposes.  Watch funny video about the death of newspapers(2:16)

 
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DECLARATION OF EMAIL SIGNATURES
What if the founding fathers had iPhones, email, and clever little email signatures? And used them to sign a particularly important document in US history.  Watch funny declaration of independence video(2:18)

 
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YELP (WITH APOLOGIES TO ALLEN GINSBERG’S ‘HOWL’)
Technology can be addictive. Ohhhh.... sooooo.... addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, "Howl," Tiffany Shlain's "Yelp" lampoons the cyber-addictions of our generation.  Watch funny media connectivity video.


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ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE
This excellent documentary examines how our media system, controlled by a few global corporations, has the ability to overwhelm all competing voices and turn lies into truth.  Watch corporate media video.

 
 
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CATEGORY:  MEDIA, EMPIRE — 14.FEB.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Terrorists Against Terror! ... Warmongers, Media, and the Charlie Hebdo Attack — Why has the corporate media put such emphasis on the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which killed only a tiny fraction of the number killed in the recent massacre in Nigeria, an event largely ignored by the media? What of the commercially-controlled media's claim that we need moderate Muslims to condemn the attack? Where were the calls for moderate Christians to condemn the Christian extremists whose illegal war killed over a million Iraqis? What lies behind the simplistic official narratives pushed by corporate media? Dissident BBC reporter Tony Gosling examines connections between recent terrorist events and sketches out a highly compelling picture of darker forces at work.
Go to page A  |  Download/listen A   59:36
Go to page B  |  Download/listen B   59:36

GP comment:  Gosling and his interviewer occasionally go too far in their ruminations; for instance, I think the idea that financially troubled Charlie Hebdo might have murdered itself as a publicity stunt to avoid going out of business is plain stupid. The attack as a black-op bitch-slap of France for its recent non-compliance with US geopolitical strategies is a much more compelling angle. Broadly speaking, though, most of the ideas presented in the two hours are fairly on-target.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story title: Terrorists Against Terror! (Corporate Media Handling of The Charlie Hebdo Attack)

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 08.FEB.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen CounterSpin

Will FCC's New Rules Really Protect Net Neutrality? — The head of the FCC has just announced a new rule that will ostensibly protect the openness of the Internet. The approach would reclassify the internet as a public utility, like the phone system. The rules would ban paid prioritization or blocking/throttling of lawful content and services. The commision's vote is still weeks away, but questions remain. The FCC's oversight of industry to date might be described as having been "helpful"; so will this new proposal have teeth and actually maintain an even playing field on the Internet? Craig Aaron of Free Press discusses.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   9:12

GP comment:  Since the FCC is stacked with revolving-door players from industry, it's hard to imagine the regulators are just going to "do the right thing" for the public. I note that Wheeler explicitly procalimed that the new rules would protect mobile broadband users. What about home internet service? is that the loophole that will give industry the fat end of the deal?

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Feb.2015 ~~ Original story title: Craig Aaron on FCC Reclassification

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, EMPIRE, ENVIRONMENT — 10.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Project Censored

The Most Underreported Stories of 2014 — Project Censored is out with a new addition of their annual "unreported stories" book. On the empire front, their most-underreported stories include "Top Ten US Aid Recipients All Practice Torture"; "WikiLeaks Revelations on Trans-Pacific Partnership Ignored by Corporate Media"; "Corporate Internet Providers Threaten Net Neutrality"; "Bankers Back on Wall Street Despite Major Crimes"; "The Deep State—Government Without the Consent of the Governed"; "US Media Hypocrisy in Covering Ukraine Crisis." On the environmental front, their top underreported stories include "Ocean Acidification Increasing at Unprecedented Rate"; "Lawsuit Challenges Nuclear Power Industry Immunity from Liability in Nuclear Accidents"; "Agribusiness Attempts to Discredit Scientists Who Reveal Herbicide Health Threats."
Go to page  |  Download/listen   59:00

GP comment:  This clip includes an interview with Zara Zimbardo, who recently penned "It Is Easier to Imagine the Zombie Apocalypse Than the End of Capitalism." Catchy title, but we need to be more clever in attacking capitalism. It must be continually distinguished from "free enterprise" and "entrepreneurship" and "effort/reward." Capitalism is not about those things; it means "money rules," and no one but the 1% of the 1% really want that.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jan.2015

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THE CURE FOR HYPERAWARENESS—MSM
Do you have intelligent opinions on subjects like peak oil, globalization, climate change, or the military-industrial complex? Then you may have Hyperawareness Syndrome. But there is a cure: The Mainstream Media!  Watch funny mainstream media video.

 
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WHAT WE CALL THE NEWS
A funny Flash animation that points both barrels at the brainless head of today's zombied-out news machine. From JibJab.  Go there
 
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SHERRY TURKLE’S TWEET — “GIVE TECHNOLOGY THE BIRD!”
Sherry Turkle says we're investing ourselves so deeply in technological communications that we're forgetting the benefits of interpersonal communication and suffering from techno-overload. Stephen Colbert just wants another free iPhone. Watch funny technology video.

 
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ALL THE NEWS THAT GIVES THEM FITS  — A humorous animated romp through a bunch of stories that corporate media-owning giants GE and Westinghouse thought weren't fit to air on their own news network—because the stories were about them! From Robert Smigel via YouTube.  Go there
 
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iPODOCALYPSE
Funny man Mark Fiore downloads a critique of our gadgets-gone-wild world.  Watch funny technology issues video.

 
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PIZZA SURVEILLANCE
Want to see where we're heading with surveillance programs, data mining, and personal-information integration? Watch this clever, half-funny, half-scary video. From the ACLU.  Go there

 
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A SERIES OF TUBES?
A cool graphical/techno remix of former Senator Ted Stevens explaining his "tube theory" of the internet on the floor of the US Senate. It's bozos like this that will be deciding the future of OUR internet. From Wonkette.com via YouTube.  Go there
 
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BOB RIVERS’ “CHAT ROOM”
A funny but slightly raunchy animation lampooning chat room lies.  Watch funny chat room video.
 
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THE STORY OF ELECTRONICS
The high-tech revolution's collateral damage includes 25 million tons of e-waste (and counting), plus poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. This good electronic-waste video uses funny/clever graphics to accent its points.
 
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EVERYTHING’S LAME... EXCEPT TEXTING
These are the voyages of the Starship Lame-o-prise. Its 5-year mission, to seek out cool, non-lame stuff, determining whether lameness applies—which it usually does, man—and to boldly text where no lameness has ever gone.  Watch funny texting video.

 
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AMERICA DECIDES NETWORK
A very sharp animation from Mark Fiore satirizing the ridiculosity of the networks' campaign coverage, where "tough questions" are usually about as meaningful as the latest happenings on American Idol—Bread & Circuses Edition.   No longer available from host site.
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