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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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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 Ginsbergís classic 1956 poem, "Howl," Tiffany Shlain's "Yelp" lampoons the cyber-addictions of our generation.  Watch funny media connectivity video.

 
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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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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:  PRIVACY — 14.APR.2014

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

Big Data and the Future of Corporate Surveillance — These days, little surprises us when we hear of a new way in which the National Security Agency has been spying on us. But while anger at government surveillance unites much of the left and right, we often donít stop and think about corporate surveillance—the myriad ways in which corporations track our habits online and, increasingly, in the real world, too. Catherine Crump of the ACLU discusses life in the fish-bowl world of "Big Data."
Go to page  |  Download/listen   15:18

GP comment:  It's up to each of us to find the balance point where the service provided is not worth making our data public. An BTW—from a legal standpoint, if you give your info to a corporation, you give it to the government, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 24.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Not-So-Private Metadata — The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects "metadata," and therefore doesn't get enough specifics to violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab conducted their own simulation of the NSA program and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, gives examples of what can be learned from supposedly benign metadata.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   5:48

GP comment:  Even the NSA's lies about what they do can be proved to be more than Americans are comfortable with. That is, "we only collect metadata" is the cover story, but even that is now shown to yield more than they are entitled to on a security basis.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 25.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Holding Journalistic Algorithms Accountable — When an earthquake sent tremors through Los Angeles this week, an algorithm called Quakebot allowed the LA Times to release the news faster than any other media outlet. But how good was the story? Nick Diakopoulos of the Columbia Journalism School talks about what reporters—and readers—should keep in mind as algorithms increasingly play a role in newsrooms.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   7:31

GP comment:  The host's framing is perfect: "garbage in, garbage out ... garbage algorithm, garbage story."

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

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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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