Daily Archives: January 28, 2010

Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers

Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers is a remix album using Wu Tang acapellas on Tom Caruana beats that sample Beatles songs.
Artwork is provided by Logan Walters, who has reworked many of the Wu Tang covers in the style of Blue Note – have a look at his other Wu Tang covers
here. All the samples are listed on the back cover.

C. R. E. A. M. by Wu Tang Vs The Beatles
Listen on Posterous
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Spectacular Cephalopods

Capturing this fleeting image of an octopus at sea reminded me of one of the most amazing nature videos I have seen. As it might have been lost over the holidays, I thought I should share it here.

Cue up to minute 2:30 of the David Gallo’s Talk for images of cephalopods performing masterful tricks of disguise -– to hide, fight or court the ladies — sometimes at the same time. They can portray different images on their bodies to two moving observers, one male the other female, and flip the image at will as the relative positions change.

All this and cool eyes too.

by Steve Jurvetson


Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) is a multi award-winning documentary film that explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, a linguist, intellectual, and political activist. Created by two Canadian independent filmmakers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, it expands on the ideas of Chomsky’s earlier book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, which he co-wrote with Edward S. Herman.

The film presents and illustrates Chomsky’s and Herman’s propaganda model, the thesis that corporate media, as profit-driven institutions, tend to serve and further the agendas of the interests of dominant, elite groups in the society. A centerpiece of the film is a long examination into the history of The New York Times coverage of Indonesia‘s invasion and occupation of East Timor, which Chomsky claims exemplifies the media’s unwillingness to criticize an ally.

Until the release of The Corporation (2003), made by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, it was the most successful documentary in Canadian history, playing theatrically in over 300 cities around the world; winning 22 awards; appearing in more than 50 international film festivals; and being broadcast in over 30 markets. It has also been translated into a dozen languages.

Chomsky’s response to the film was mixed; in a published conversation with Achbar and several activists, he stated that film simply doesn’t communicate his message, leading people to believe that he is the leader of some movement that they should join. In the same conversation, he criticizes the New York Times review of the film, which mistakes his message for being a call for voter organizing rather than media critique.

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, is an analysis of the news media as business. The title derives from the phrase “the manufacture of consent” that essayist–editor Walter Lippmann (1889–1974) employed in the book Public Opinion (1922).

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The Corporation

A complex, sobering, yet darkly amusing documentary, THE CORPORATION takes its audience on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures.


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