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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 — 25.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good CounterSpin

Risen v. Obama — First Amendment Rights vs. The Iron Fist — Will New York Times reporter James Risen go to jail for refusing to testify against a source? Risen's case is seen by many as a clear-cut example of how the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists and journalism. Media watchdog Jeff Cohen talks about the state of the case and the activist pushback.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   10:54

GP comment:  Now the Obama administration is pursuing cases against whistleblowers even when the facts are old and irrelevant to current operations.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 15.AUG.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Democracy Now

US Humanitarianism Only Applies to Oil-Rich Areas — Glenn Greenwald reviews news headlines related to US military action in Iraq over the past two decades, concluding that the premise of humanitarian intervention is an outright sham. Greenwald also provides detail on the far-reaching technical and analytic relationship between the US National Security Agency and its Israeli counterpart regarding mutually agreed upon geographic targets. Then he talks about NPR's recent (horrible/dishonest) reporting on the impact of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Watch A  |  Watch B
Download/listen   15:27

GP comment:  NPR listeners and Fox News listeners have two things in common: They are convinced they are more informed than anyone else on the planet, and they are both quite wrong.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 28.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

Silliness and Moral Indignation — How can topical comedians like Jon Stewart, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert make us laugh at politically hot topics we would not normally discuss in polite company? They do it by combining silliness and moral indignation.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   6:22

GP comment:  Yes, but it's sad that people who can only be nudged by such an approach are still always stuck in their overall limiting framework of thinking.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jul.2014

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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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