media theory Archive

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and four decades of queer sci fi punk

2015 was the fortieth consecutive year that The Rocky Horror Picture Show has played in theaters, luring out the misfits and punks and queers and oddballs. We’re now seeing the third generation of misfits coming up in the world and dancing in the aisles to “The Time Warp,” while Fox network readies to premier the made-for-TV remake on October 20th. Rocky Horror is more than …

Who decided Corbyn was "unelectable"?

Who decided Corbyn was “unelectable”? / Boing Boing Robbo sez, “Jonathan Pie, preeminent UK political satirist, takes on British media and their role in declaring newly re-elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ‘unelectable’. Pie destroys the outrageous un-democratic media bias that has hounded Corbyn throughout his time as Labour leader and does so with his usual outstanding, hilarious, enraged and profane style.” report …

Broadcasters should time-delay presidential debates, allowing them to mute any outright lies

Dan Gillmor writes: “Time for journalists to declare a boycott on bullshit. Start with muting the sound when Trump lies during the debate.” For the debates, I’d propose an experiment for a brave TV news channel or website. Put the entire program on a time delay, say 10 minutes. This would give the news channel time to do the following:  …

Kill Rock Stars president explains why the radio plays the same songs over and over

Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, “Many of us hoped the Internet would disrupt the music industry along with all other media industries, giving more power — and more pay — to musicians and songwriters. And yet, somehow the amount musicians get paid each time their songs stream is a tiny fraction of a cent.” “The anti-corporate messages of punk and hip-hop feel …

EFF and partners reveal Kazakh government phished journalists, opposition politicians

At Defcon, researchers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, First Look Media and Amnesty International, revealed their findings on a major phishing attack through which the government of Kazakhstan was able to hack opposition journalists and arrange for an opposition politician’s extradition from exile in Italy to Kazakhstan. Irina Petrushova and Alexander Petrushov, publishers of the independent newspaper Respublika, had exposed programs of kidnapping …

International Olympic Committee bans GIFs

They’ve “expressly prohibited” turning anything from the Olympics into “animated formats such as animated GIFs (i.e. GIFV), GFY, WebM, or short video formats such as Vines.” You know what, I fucking surrender. Olympic corruption, greed and venality has been boundless for decades, but this kind of fantastic out-of-touchness literally leaves me wordless. 2. Internet and Mobile Platforms Notwithstanding any …