"Unspeak is language that deliberately loads the dice. War on Terror. Weapons of mass destruction. Climate change. Failed asylum seekers. File sharing. Austerity measures. Oil spill. Erectile dysfunction. Once we tune in to unspeak we start seeing and hearing it everywhere
" -- UK journalist Steve Poole's book Unspeak
has been turned into a six part interactive documentary series
by Dutch new media group Submarine Channel
, narrated by Poole himself. [more inside]
Netflix House of Cards
series starring Kevin Spacey was a remake of a very popular British political thriller of the same name that aired during the 90's. The show begins
by tracking the dark political machinations and skullduggery of an urbane Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, who is conspiring to become Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher's resignation. [more inside]
is an ambitious new automated application built by the Washington Post, which fact checks political speeches, ads and interviews "in as close to real time as possible.
" The prototype is intended to be a complement to the paper's Fact Checker Blog
. More on the project from TechCrunch
Has politics gone peer-to-peer?
A rich 90-minute panel discussion with Steven Johnson, author of "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked World", featuring Yochai Benkler, Susan Crawford and Lawrence Lessig.
Why Obama Now
- from Simpsons/Family Guy animator Lucas Gray [more inside]
In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep"
and the success of sophomore record The Bends
, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead
were under pressure to deliver once more.
So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor
and got to work.
What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity
-- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology
-- through a mosaic of challenging
, eerily beautiful
music unlike anything else at the time.
Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes
, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments
, the band finally settled on OK Computer
, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed
harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review
for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy
for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown
. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge! [more inside]
A progressive Australian political advocacy group
have produced a 2-minute advertisement
showing their support of Marriage Equality Down Under. Warning: May pull heartstrings. [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
Alexander Payne's 1999's movie Election
originally had a much more awkward and true to source material ending
that was shot and then discarded after testing poorly. It remained a rumor until someone found a VHS copy at a Farmer's Market in Wilmington, DE for $5
Dear Canada: [SLYT]
An Open Letter to Canada.
10 O'Clock Live
is a show currently airing on Channel 4 in the UK. It could be considered a British take on the Daily Show, but longer, weekly, with more discussion, and performed live. MeFi favorite Charlie Brooker
is one of their presenters, along with David Mitchel, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr. While focused on British issues, the show sometimes covers international topics, and is wildly funny. Here are some highlights:
Charlie Brooker: On Gaddafi - On Berlusconi - On the 'Big Society' - On Sarah Palin -
On the iPad 2 - On the English Defense League & the Daily Star - On Ed Miliband (Leader of the Labour Party, beating out his brother David) - On Prince Andrew
David Mitchell: On political hyperbole - On language in the media - On encouraging rich people to immigrate - On what to do with the Olympic Stadium
Jimmy Carr: As Berlusconi - On Product Placement
Lauren Laverne: Guide for new democracies - Inside the brain of Ed Miliband - British PR companies helping tyrants
Everyone on David Cameron on The One Show (this one's awesome) [more inside]
What if the Tea Party was Black?
Jasiri X raps about radicalism and racism. Inflammatory and simplistic, maybe, but the best rap polemic since George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People
Jasiri X responds to critics here
Happy 5th birthday YouTube! WYNC's Brain Lehrer Show
has put together a list of their favorite videos form the last 5 years
. Mostly political - some pandas.
With newly released video, Rachel Maddow
shows that the Fox News/Breitbart/James O'Keefe takedown of ACORN in California was fraudulent. For example, coverage depicted ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera as eager to participate in a pedophile prostitution ring suggested by O'Keefe's character. In fact Vera had reported O'Keefe to police. Nevertheless, Vera was fired, and months later ACORN was dissolved. (Previously: 1
A 46 minute documentary following three female members of the far-right British National Party
Michael Sandel's "Justice" has long been one of the most popular courses at Harvard. Now for the first time the class is being broadcast online
. The site for "Justice
." [more inside]
Henry Hey's new Bush Song
. (SLYTP; previously; via waxy
.) [more inside]
Shifting the Debate.
Track the movement across the blogosphere of the top 100 political videos on YouTube with this amazing Flash applet.
wants Twin Cities residents to make an effort to help the Republicans feel comfortable
while visiting a city
that might not be full of people who think or look like they do
. (multilink YouTube post.) [more inside]
Just saw a news report that you were on. Cool! Here is the link
[video, WTF content].
I think its time that we joined a serious debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern pluralistic society. Obama on religion and politics
"Presidential candidate" Mike Gravel raps
, and other rappers rap for Gravel
Bill Clinton on Charlie Rose
- on display: Thoughtful Visionary as well as Political Animal; cf. Howard Dean
and Jimmy Carter
Make your own attack ad.
The Democratic party is uploading all its "tracker" videos of the top Republican candidates out on the campaign trail, for use by anyone for anything. "The party hopes that thousands of eyes might find something the mainstream media has missed, or that a new way of juxtaposing the video with something else will be revealing about the candidates," says the NYT
. Gimmick or political sea change?
"I want those two minutes of my life back." Musique concrète Fred Thompson
-style -- a merciless videohack of the candidate's performance at the GOP debate on MSNBC, October 9, 2007. While almost anyone can be made to look foolish edited this way, not everyone
was impressed by Thompson's unedited presence at the debate, his TV debut as a presidential contender. Some believe, however, that the former Law and Order D.A.
is just the man to "restore the Republican Party to Reagan's default settings
is a good place to watch videos of lectures and discussions on topics ranging from politics and science to religion and the arts. Whether you'd like to see Jim Lehrer talk about politics and prose,
or watch Brian Eno and Will Wright discuss
the joys and techniques of generative creation, you might find something here to like
Spin, exposed live and wriggling.
In 1995, Brian Springer released an hour-long documentary film comprised of incredibly revealing moments caught from raw satellite feeds. Not only do we get to hear the spin-doctor coaching candidates received during various commercial breaks, there are also some amazing moments such as Larry King suggesting to Clinton that Ted Turner could "serve him," an anchor suggesting to her expert that during the L.A. riots his frank diagnosis of inner-city hope is "too obtuse," and the exclusion and exclusion of Larry Agran from the 1992 Democratic primaries — and, really, there's much more.
It's 1972, and affable salaryman and good husband
Bill Holt quits his good job at 3M to become a musical pioneer from the comfort of his own basement. The resulting album, Dreamies
, is notable for its generous and ahead-of-its-time use of sampling/plunderphonics and became a highly sought-after lost classic until its re-release this year
. Bill now has his own website, also called Dreamies
, where he releases Eye Candy and Politics
in liberal doses. Some are hypnotic
, some are, for want of a better term, 'relaxing
', others are anything but
. And all of them are subtly infused with the slightly unsettling taste of Huh?
King Mike for Monarch
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg stars in a political ad parody. From the Inner Circle, via YouTube.
Vernon Robinson is a Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina's 13th District. This is his campaign ad.
(Links to 2MB Quicktime movie). Both bitterly racist and homophobic, it's straight out of, err... The Twilight Zone.
If last night's speech
didn't satisfy your thirst
for politicians in front of audiences, head over the the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics
, where the video archives
of every taped JFK Jr. Forum
are now available for free. Hours of fun reflecting on past mistakes with Robert McNamara
, worrying about WMDs with William Perry
, thinking about peace with Shimon Peres
or giggling with Jon Stewart
. Delve into the past, watching John Perry Barlow
talking about the internet and elections in 1996, or compare Bill Clinton before
. George W. Bush hasn't spoken there, but both
have, as well as a 2008 hopeful
. (all embedded realvideo).