Posts tagged politics

For a tiny nation like New Zealand, where plans to cut $35 million from the education budget set off national outrage earlier this year (and a backtrack from the government), the “Hobbit” concessions were difficult for many to swallow, especially since the country had already provided some $150 million in support for the three “Lord of the Rings” movies.

Now, even amid the excitement of the “Hobbit” opening, skepticism about the government’s film-centric strategy remains. And recently it has become entangled with new suspicions: that Mr. Key’s government is taking cues from America’s powerful film industry in handling a request by United States officials for the extradition of Kim Dotcom, the mogul whose given name was Kim Schmitz, so he can face charges of pirating copyrighted material.

..If the internet ideal inspired the protest movements of the past year, it’s little wonder they’re struggling..

“Now, as hundreds of iPhones capture an arrest at an OWS protest in the name of justice, no one can doubt that some of these images can and will also be singled out at some point in the name of the aesthetic.

But does the time-lag involved in moving from the streets to the museum (or to the hip blogosphere) work against their reciprocity?

When the marginal becomes the fashionable, does a genre like street photography lose its street cred? The financial crisis of the 1930s helped provoke the hard-nosed solidarity of the Photo League, both its politics and its aesthetics, whereas our own crisis is shadowed by skepticism on both fronts.

“Ever since Susan Sontag’s On Photography formalized the conventional wisdom that photography is dangerous—from the presumption of its ‘photographic’ veracity to its powers of exploitation—an acute sensitivity to photographer-subject relationships has bred within the medium an identity politics that’s not easily negotiated.

This discomfort is heightened, in conjunction with technological innovation and class stratification, by the type of camera one uses, the motives for and context of its use, the social background of both artist and subject—all can be seen as capable of compromising the radical camera ethic of the Photo League.”

Lucy McKeon on the “Radical Chic” of political photography.

..Of course, we’re all familiar with the cases of overt oppression that existed, but it’s much harder to identify or even articulate the nature of the oppression that is hardwired into the culture—the sort of thing that flows quietly beneath the surface, assumptions and attitudes that we accumulate little by little over the years.

"It’d go off the newsstands in a week if they printed the real truth … [like] a plain picture … a tramp vomiting, man, in the sewer.

And next door to the picture, Mr. Rockefeller … Just make some kind of collage, which they don’t do.

There’s no ideas at Time magazine.”

Dylan heckles Time reporter Horace Judson and rants about the magazine

I was watching Cameron Crowe’s PJ20 earlier today and there is a segment in there an excerpt from this interview is shown. 

Reminded me of my previous post and how much of a struggle it is for these magazines to stay relevant and maintain some sense of integrity in today’s world. The blurry line between their sense of authority and propaganda is highlighted and amplified each time an issue come out. 

Of course, Bob figured this out about 50 years ago in 1965. 


the politics of choice?

The finished cover usually indicates and informs us a lot about the society its being released into. 

There has been so much attention and controversy on the choice of covers recently, with the choices that Time have made. This is what Jon Stewart had to say about Time.

I think its great that Newsweek have released this to give us an insight into what needs to be rejected to release something.

Unfortunately, as we’re learning, this process does not always get it right.

Welcome to our first edition of the Newsweek also-rans, a brand new nwk tumblr feature from our friends in the art department!

Here’s Dirk Barnett, Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Creative Director:

Every week we produce anywhere from 10-20 different cover ideas until we settle on what works best or as the story develops, so at the end of each week we wind up with a proverbial wastebasket full of scrapped concepts. 

The week’s cover, “The Politics of Sex,” is a perfect example to kick this off. These directions are a combination of ideas generated in-house and commissions to various illustrators, designers, studios, ad agencies, etc. This week, we tapped the creative minds at ad agency Hill Holiday and the design studio Dress Code, as well as renowned book designer Rodrigo Corral. Take a look at what’s left on our cutting room floor this week. Enjoy!

Here’s the cover that made newsstands this week. Which of the also-rans is your favorite?

[Design credits, from top left: Dress Code, Dress Code, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Hill Holiday, Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral]

3D // left // right

What If We VisualizedPolitical Positions In 3-D, Instead Of “Left” And “Right”?

  • Use the left-to-right dimension for a candidate’s opinion about the appropriate level of government involvement in ownership and regulation of the means of production, and the distribution of goods and money
  • Use the up and down (“high” and “low”) dimension for commitment to the Bill of Rights, high for the most, low for the least.
  • Use the third dimension, in front of or behind the surface of a piece of paper or a computer screen, for foreign policy

Interesting post in the NY Times

Here’s a word cloud created from Obama’s State of The Union 2012 address.

This was created on Wordle using the full text of this speech accessible here


paxamericana: Just going through the archives of Time magazine’s poor cover choices. 

(via interwebs)

The New York Times says writer Salman Rushdie’s face-off with Facebook–over the deactivation of his account, demand for proof of identity and then temporarily turning him into Ahmed Rushdie–points to an increasingly vital debate that is emerging over how people represent and reveal themselves on the Web sites they visit.

Facebook purports itself to be providing you a definitive identity online - so who decides who you are?

Decades-old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip succinctly explains the Occupy Wall Street movement.

(via curiositycounts)

Data Wars

Peter Lunenfeld’s book "The Secret War Between Downloading & Uploading: Tales Of The Computer As Culture Machine" (MIT Press 2011) presents a new way of looking at the cultural struggle for control of the Internet.

Although the conflict between uploading and downloading may not seem secret since the Napster case a decade ago, and is indeed a common feature of net political debate, Lunenfeld is using the concepts of downloading and uploading to discuss not the copyfight but how human beings relate to each other culturally and socially through technology.

Full review here: Furtherfield

"Obama’s new campaign slogan” —Jon Stewart

Banksy of Bulgaria’ Transforms Red Army Soldiers Into Superheroes

The Joker, Superman, Santa Claus, Robin and Ronald McDonald were all part of the latest public statue transformation in Bulgaria. Located in Sofia’s town square, the Red Army soldier statues are just one of numerous, long-running ‘attacks’ on the monuments dedicated to the former Soviet Union.

So far no one has claimed the work. However, the anonymous artist has earned the title ‘Banksy of Bulgaria.’

Beneath the piece is written: ‘Moving with the times.’

Voting: The next game changer in India’s Internet revolution?

In a milestone event for India’s electoral history, people of Gujarat recently participated in India’s first Internet election.

One of the major advantages of this implementation is the ability to cast a vote from any Internet connected device from your home or elsewhere, thus avoiding the long queues you would usually face in the polling booths.

This could also drive voter participation upwards among working professionals, who are usually bound by a long working schedule and hence cannot waste several hours waiting for their turn at the poll booth.

According to a release, this was the second time online voting was successfully used after a trial run in September 2010. And the results were quite impressive with 77.16% of registered voters casting their votes electronically.

Following this impressive response, many Indian states in India are now considering implementing them in the upcoming elections and Scytl, the Spain based company whose software is currently being used, has recently opened up a branch in New Delhi.

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