Sunday, January 30, 2011

Maverick Blogger Launches Big Controversy

Former IC journalism student Chris Lisee tells an important story about the impact a single off-key journalist can have.

Dancing Too Close With Your Source?

Here's video from 2007 Radio-Television Correspondents Association Dinner. While these are social events where journalists and newsmakers are expected to have some fun,is this symbolic of too much coziness?

A You Tube video....

...ends the political career of a powerful Republican.

"Independent Media in a Time of War"

Video made by indy collective based on speech delivered by Amy Goodman in April 2001, when many in mainstream media were cheering what they saw as a quick, clean, successful Iraq invasion.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

End Times

The Daily Show's savage 2009 look at the struggles of the New York Times...and its "aged news." Made me unusually sympathetic to the Times.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Purpose of Rock: "Stickin' It To The Man"

Do rock & roll and independent media share a purpose? In the movie "School of Rock," a substitute teacher (played by Jack Black) explains the purpose of rock and roll to his 5th grade students.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

U.S. Government: Ellsberg Good, WikiLeaks Bad

At the same time the U.S. government is trying to find a legal pretext to prosecute WikiLeaks, the U.S. State Department is promoting a documentary hailing WikiLeaks' biggest supporter, Dan Ellsberg. AP reported that oddity here. Ellsberg, who leaked the classified Vietnam War-era Pentagon papers, not only supports WikiLeaks, but has referred to Bradley Manning, the imprisoned corporal alleged to have leaked materials to WikiLeaks, as a "hero." Now widely considered a hero (even by some in the State Dept. apparently), Ellsberg was hunted and hounded as a traitor by the U.S. government 40 years ago.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Indy journalist digs out key stats

In the dozens of hours of mainstream media (MSM) I've consumed about the Tuscon massacre, I had not seen these important statistics and analysis provided by AlterNet's Josh Holland in "Arizona Has Turned into a Gun Lover's Paradise -- and That's Why It Ranks Among the Highest in Gun Deaths."

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Spring 2011 syllabus for "Independent Media: Issues and Challenges"