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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my diigo]


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Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media – “World War III will be a guerrilla information war,” it says. “With no divisions between military and civilian participation.”

#mediatheory animated

MARSHALL MCLUHAN – Digital Prophecies: The Medium is the Message

ROLAND BARTHES – How to Read the Signs in the News

NOAM CHOMSKY – The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

STUART HALL – Race, Gender, Class in the Media

EDWARD SAID – Framed: The Politics of Stereotypes in News

#watch and

Sole & DJ Pain 1 “National Bird” – “The National Bird Video is a fictionalized day in the life of a drone operator. The worker wakes up, drives his kids to school, goes and kills people thousands of miles away and makes it home in time for a BBQ”

ICE arrests Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez in front of his family – A man who lived illegally in the USA for 20 years arrested in front of his daughters while bringing them to school. #trumpsamerica

Concrete Buffer Gone Wild – “We’re glad that nobody was injured in this potentially hazardous situation.”

Obamacare: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – “Congressional Republicans could soon vote to repeal Obamacare. John Oliver explores why their replacement plans are similar to a thong.”


Every time we take an Uber we’re spreading its social poison | Laurie Penny – “Using a service like Uber, however, is slow social poison. We are living in a socioeconomic reality whose driving philosophy can be accurately described by a sauced-up frat-boy in the back of a taxi, and we continue to venerate its winners. How much complicity can we tolerate before we get off this dodgy ride?”

Screened out | George Monbiot – “Breaking down the barriers of acceptability through humour is now a deliberate tactic of the far right. PewDiePie might see his “jokes” as harmless and fun, but they mesh with agendas that are neither. The Nazi website the Daily Stormer notes that PewDiePie “could be doing all this only to stir things up and get free publicity … it doesn’t matter, since the effect is the same; it normalizes Nazism, and marginalizes our enemies.””

The Emigrants, by Friedrich Trump
– From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier.”

banksy opens ‘the walled off’ art hotel in bethlehem – “visitors to the walled off hotel find themselves sleeping inside a work of art, with customized guest rooms outfitted with pieces by banksy, palestinian artist sami musa and montreal-based artist dominique petrin, with more to follow.”

“no one will see this” – Twitter Search – You gotta see this

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War – The New Yorker – “What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?”

A Visit to the Infowars Studios of Alex Jones – SPIEGEL – “Right-wing radio host Alex Jones is America’s top conspiracy theorist. He has millions of listeners, but his most powerful one happens to be the president of the United States.”

Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos – “Hopefully they’ll realize that you can’t keep being this reactionary movement — if you can even call it that. You can’t just keep looking for enemies to attack and pointing the finger. Eventually, you have to stand up for something.”


The Aesthetics of the Alt-Right – “This article includes an in-depth inquiry into the online activities of political groups for which misogyny, racism, and anti-semitism become defining features; as such, images and mentions of those topics are found in the text.”


Das Regime der demokratischen Wahrheit (Teil II) – Die Deregulierung des Wahrheitsmarktes – “Fake-News ist nicht der Begriff dafür, dass jetzt die Lüge oder die Falschnachricht in unser Mediensystem Einzug gehalten hat, sondern ist ein Symptom der Deregulierung des Wahrheitsmarktes und der Krise des institutionellen Journalismus.”

«Ohne Not lässt man sich benutzen» | WOZ – “Ein offener Brief äussert deutliche Kritik an der Einladung des AfD-Ideologen Marc Jongen an die Gessnerallee.”

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