The Fifth Column | We write the first draft of history The New Media Movement Is Here: 20 News Sites Kicking Our Generation Into Action At the height of the 2012 presidential election season, Gallup reported that “Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.” As disappointing as the numbers are, they're not much of a surprise to Americans such as yourself, who have already sought out alternatives to mainstream news sources. Unfortunately, however, most Americans haven't. Online news sources are becoming more and more popular, as one might expect. Couple this with the statistical fact that “someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic [political current event] questions correctly – a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all,” and it's no wonder trust is down and cynicism is up when it comes to the news. But it's not just cynicism that is the problem. What does all this have to do with media? Tuning Into our Devices
CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective : Home We Are Change | Be the Change You Wish to See in the World. Symbolia “Neuroscientific research supports what narrative nonfiction storytellers instinctively know: Stories with clear, emotionally evocative dramatic arcs are most effective at keeping readers engaged. These stories cause the body to produce chemicals including cortisol, which focuses attention, as well as oxytocin, which is associated with empathy. They also light up areas of the brain linked to understanding others.” — Erin Polgreen wrote an essay for Nieman Reports on the power of comics and non-fiction narratives. Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators Political scientist Erica Chenoweth used to believe, as many do, that violence is the most reliable way to get rid of a dictator. History is filled, after all, with coups, rebellions and civil wars. She didn't take public protests or other forms of peaceful resistance very seriously; how could they possible upend a powerful, authoritarian regime? Then, as Chenoweth recounts in a Ted Talk posted online Monday, she put together some data and was surprised by what she found. "I collected data on all major nonviolent and violent campaigns for the overthrow of a government or a territorial liberation since 1900," she says -- hundreds of cases. "The data blew me away." Here's her chart, which pretty clearly suggests that nonviolent movements are much likelier to work: (Erica Chenoweth/YouTube) And that trend is actually "increasing over time," Chenoweth adds. "Researchers used to say that no government could survive if just 5 percent of the population rose up against it," Chenoweth says.
Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs – Politics, Civil Liberties, Media, Editorial, Activism Deprogram: Episode 28 - UNICORN RIOT Ep. 28: #Mizzou #ConcernedStudent1950 #BlackOnCampus #ClimateChange #KeystoneXL #Enbridge #Hackers #CWA #Anonymous #Securus #PrisonMonitoring #MMM2015 #CopsLie #BlackLivesMatter #Turkey #Silvan #SilvanUnderAttack #Palestine #Justice4KeithLamar #ConcernedStudent1950 For episode 28 of Deprogram we start at the University of Missouri, where a hunger strike to combat the systemic racial injustices on campus forced Mizzou president to step down. #ClimateChange We then bring you some climate news; the KeystoneXL pipeline was rejected but Enbridge have pipelines that have been built that move just as much oil, while Earth’s temperature continues to rise. Cyber News In cyber news; Crackas With Attitude hack more government employees and Anonymous continues #OpMonsanto and hacks the USDA. #CopsLie International News The Turkish government has been continuing its attack on the Kurdish population and Israel continues to eradicate the freedoms of Palestinians in occupied territories.