Blog Tools
Edit your Blog
Build a Blog
RSS Feed
View Profile
« May 2008 »
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
You are not logged in. Log in
Entries by Topic
All topics  «
Modern Culture
Self Help
US History
Electric Bookaloo
May 14, 2008
Mr T by Mr T
Topic: Biography

The autobiography of Mr T.




















Posted by damnintellectuals at 11:21 PM PDT
Updated: May 14, 2008 11:24 PM PDT
May 13, 2008
Interesting premise.
Now Playing: Modern Culture

Something to consider. Avoid following the culture of brands. That also means Pabst Bluee Ribbon beer.

Publisher Comments:

Culture jamming is so twentieth century! What's next?

When reporters asked about the Bush administration's timing in making their case for the Iraq war, then Chief of Staff Andrew Card responded that "from an marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." While surprising only in its candor, this statement signified the extent to which consumer culture has pervaded every aspect of life. For those troubled by the long reach of the marketplace, resistance can seem futile. However, a new generation of progressive activists has begun to combat the media supremacy of multinational corporations by using the very tools and techniques employed by their adversaries.

In OurSpace, Christine Harold examines the deployment and limitations of "culture jamming" by activists. These techniques defy repressive corporate culture through parodies, hoaxes, and pranks. Among the examples of sabotage she analyzes are the magazine Adbusters' spoofs of familiar ads and the Yes Men's impersonations of company spokespersons.

While these strategies are appealing, Harold argues that they are severely limited in their ability to challenge capitalism. Indeed, many of these tactics have already been appropriated by corporate marketers to create an aura of authenticity and to sell even more products. For Harold, it is a different type of opposition that offers a genuine alternative to corporate consumerism. Exploring the revolutionary Creative Commons movement, copyleft, and open source technology, she advocates a more inclusive approach to intellectual property that invites innovation and wider participation in the creative process.

From switching the digital voice boxes of Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe action figures to inserting the silhouetted image of Abu Ghraib's iconic hooded and wired victim into Apple's iPod ads, high-profile instances of anticorporate activism over the past decade have challenged, but not toppled, corporate media domination. OurSpace makes the case for a provocative new approach by co-opting the logic of capitalism itself.

Posted by damnintellectuals at 10:56 AM PDT
Updated: May 14, 2008 11:20 PM PDT
May 12, 2008
Evergreen Review No.11
Topic: Literature

Jan-Feb 1960.

Posted by damnintellectuals at 1:54 AM PDT
Woodstock Nation
Topic: US History

Abbie Hoffman's Woodstock Nation: A Talk Rock Album. Multicolored pages.






















Posted by damnintellectuals at 1:40 AM PDT
Updated: May 12, 2008 1:58 AM PDT
May 11, 2008
Francisco Pizarro was a swineherd.
Topic: History

From the dusk jacket of the 1948 children's book, The Four Corners of the World:

As a young swineherd in the Spanish village of Trujillo, Francisco Pizarro dreamed that he would some day be a bold conqueror in faraway lands. But for many years he was to serve as a lowly foot soldier... until one day there came his chance to sail away. He embarked aboard the ships of Captain Alonso Ojeda who was off to conquer the new lands across the Atlantic.

The Spaniards' lust for gold led them to jungle shores barbed with poisoned arrows loosed upon the conquerors by hostile Indians. Then, from an Indian chief, Pizarro heard these fateful words: "Six suns' march away to the south there is a great country where there is a great country where there is more gold than there is water in the sea." And so it was that Pizarro set off in search of a fabulous land. Hunger and jungle heat and the deadly arrows of the elusive Indians depleted Pizarro's forces.... Everything worked against him but always he returned, spurred on by the promise of the Land of Gold.

....magnificent drawings and dramatic text recapture for young readers a truly unbelievable adventure. The book brims with the exciting color and dogged determination inherent in Pizarro's conquest of Peru. 

Posted by damnintellectuals at 12:33 AM PDT
May 10, 2008
I am Emmett Grogan
Topic: Biography

Sometimes, I introduce myself as Emmett Grogan. So should you.

Posted by damnintellectuals at 11:35 PM PDT
Updated: May 11, 2008 12:02 AM PDT
January 10, 2008
What is the purpose of 2nd Amendment?
Topic: US History

Lets ask Americans And Their Guns, a 1967 publication from the National Rifle Association then ask "When was the last time you encountered a well-regulated militia?"



Posted by damnintellectuals at 12:47 PM PST
Updated: May 9, 2008 2:45 PM PDT
Popular Science Monthly, November 1932
Topic: Science

The cover of Popular Science Monthly, November 1932, and the corresponding article.
























Posted by damnintellectuals at 1:29 AM PST
Updated: May 9, 2008 2:43 PM PDT
January 6, 2008
Concrete Poetry.
Topic: Poetry

From An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, Emmett Williams, ed.



Posted by damnintellectuals at 12:43 AM PST
Updated: May 9, 2008 2:46 PM PDT
December 26, 2007
The greatest baseball player of all-time: Ty Cobb. Also, the craziest and meanest athlete of all-time..
Topic: Sport
Ty Cobb's 1961 auto-biography, My Life in Baseball - the True Story, begins with a forward by General Douglas MacArthur, another mean as rabies, crazy as batshit, asshole. It is interesting to note that MacArthur was probably Cobb's only friend. Obviously, kindered spirits. Cobb still holds baseball records that will probably never be beaten, even in the current steroid era. His autobiography, however, is a gross mass of self-aggrandizing, closer to a Horatio Algers story bloated with statistics.
Al Stump, the writer who "assisted" Cobb, wrote a more faithful biography in 1994 titled, Cobb: The Life and Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball. In it, he details an ailing, frieldnless yet still wild Tyrus Cobb. Sometimes, it reads as a prequel to Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The movie adaption of Stump's book, Cobb, stars Tommy Lee Jones in perhaps his finest role.

Posted by damnintellectuals at 1:59 PM PST
Updated: December 26, 2007 2:19 PM PST

Newer | Latest | Older