Saturday, November 28, 2015

Resources for November 28, 2015

Ekeland, Tor. "America Must End Its Paranoid War on Hackers." Wired (October 8, 2014)

Gabriella Coleman: Anthropology/Technology Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Anonymous (Global Decentralized Association of Activist Hackers) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Matthews, Joseph. "The Boy Who Shot a Nazi Official." Against the Grain (November 10, 2015) ["Seventy-seven years ago, the Nazis unleashed a pogrom, known as Kristallnacht, against Jews living in Germany. They claimed that it was a response to the assassination a few days earlier of a German consular official in Paris by a Jewish teenager. Writer Joseph Matthews explores the intriguing life and times of Herschel Grynszpan, the 17-year-old assassin. He also discusses the plight of refugees in Europe, then and now."]

Edlund, Richard, Matthew Leonetti, and Iain Stasukevich. "Poltergiest (1982)." American Cinematographer Podcasts #6 (No Date)

Ransby, Barbara. "Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Laquan McDonald 16 Times."
 Democracy Now (November 25, 2015) ["For the first time in three decades, a Chicago police officer faces charges of first-degree murder for an on-duty shooting. White police officer Jason Van Dyke was arrested on Tuesday and is being held without bail for the killing of African-American 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. It was more than a year ago, on October 20, 2014, when officer Van Dyke shot the teenager 16 times, including multiple times in the back. Police claimed McDonald lunged at the officer with a small knife. But newly released dashcam footage showed the teenager walking away from the police officers’ cars when another police car pulls up to the scene. The video, which has no sound, then appears to show Officer Jason Van Dyke jumping out of the car, pointing his gun at McDonald and opening fire. The teenager’s body spins as he is hit with the barrage of bullets and then falls to the pavement, where he continues to be struck by bullets. Officer Van Dyke remained on paid desk duty after the shooting until he was taken into custody on Tuesday. In addition to the fatal shooting last October, Officer Van Dyke had at least 18 civilian complaints against him, which included excessive use of force, illegal arrest and use of racial slurs. None of these complaints led to any disciplinary action. This week Chicago police announced they will also move to fire officer Dante Servin, who killed 22-year-old African-American woman Rekia Boyd in 2012. We discuss the developments in Chicago with Barbara Ransby, professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois, Chicago."]

Sigel, Newton Thomas and Jon Silberg. "Valkyrie." American Cinematographer Podcast #7 (No Date)

Sinclair, Upton. Oil!  libcom (1927 novel: "The loose source for the film There Will Be Blood, Oil! pits oil tycoon father against socialist sympathetic son in the 
midst of the Teapot Dome Scandal and unionising trouble on the fields."]

Roizman, Owen and Rodney Taylor. "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)."  American Cinematographer Podcast #8 (No Date)

"The Case Against Woodrow Wilson." The New York Times (November 24, 2015)

Uhlich, Keith. "Michael Mann." Auteur Museum #1 (August 2015)

Hamington, Maurice. "Jane Addams (1860-1935)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (No Date)

"New York City CUNY Faculty Arrested in Contract Protest." Building Bridges (November 17, 2015)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gabriella Coleman: Anthropology/Technology


Gabriella Coleman (Personal Website/Archive)

Wikipedia: Gabriella Coleman

Twitter: Gabriella Coleman @BiellaColeman

McGill University: Gabriella Coleman

Resources by/about:

Coleman, Gabriella. "The Anthropology of Hackers." The Atlantic (September 21, 2010)

---. "Beacons of freedom: The changing face of Anonymous." Index on Censorship (December 3, 2012)

---. "Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest Among Free and Open Source Software Developers." Cultural Anthropology 24.3 (2009: 420-454)

---. "Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking." Law and Disorder Radio (February 18, 2013)

---. Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Princeton University Press, 2013.

---. "The ethics of digital direct action: Denial-of-service attacks and similar tactics are becoming more widely used as protest tools." Al Jazeera (September 1, 2011)

---. "Everything you know about Anonymous is wrong: Whether viewed as heroes or villains, much of what is stated about Anonymous is exaggeration." Al Jazeera (May 8, 2012)

---. "Geeks are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties." MIT Technology Review (February 4, 2013)

---. "Hacker Culture: A Response to Bruce Sterling on WikiLeaks" (December 23, 2010)

---. "Hackers for Right, We Are One Down." Huffington Post (January 14, 2013)

---. "On the Ethics of Free Software." Suprisingly Free." (January 8, 2013)

---. "On the World of Hackers." PBS (July 22, 2011)

---. "What It's Like to Participate in Anonymous' Actions." The Atlantic (December 10, 2010)

Coleman, Gabriella and Alex Golub. "Hacker practice: Moral genres and the cultural articulation of liberalism." Anthropology Today (2008)

Coleman, Gabriella, Peter Fein and X. "Hacktivism’s Global Reach, From Targeting Scientology to Backing WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring." Democracy Now (August 16, 2011)

Ekeland, Tor. "America Must End Its Paranoid War on Hackers." Wired (October 8, 2014)

Frediana, Carola. "Revealing Anonymous: An Interview With Gabriella Coleman." TechPresident (November 11, 2014)

Greenwald, Glenn. "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations." Intercept (February 24, 2014)

Taylor, Astra. "By Any Memes Necessary." Bookforum (December 2014) ["An inside look at the hacking group Anonymous reveals a boisterous culture of dissent and debate."]

We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists (USA/UK: Brian Knappenberger, 2012: 93 mins)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Resources for November 24, 2015

Marcum, James A. "Thomas S. Kuhn (1922—1996)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (no date)

Ganz, Marshall. "Here’s how history is shaping the #studentblackout movement." The Conversation (November 23, 2015)

Civil Rights Movement Veterans (Website/Archive)

Andrews, Mallory. "Holy Motors: 'I miss the cameras.'” cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013)

Jensen, Lindsay. “'It’s Biology': Zero Dark Thirty and the Politics of the Body." cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013) 

Reardon, Kiva. "Haywire's Body Talk." cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013)

Cook, Adam. "Seven Gestures, 2015: On the year’s most memorable single acts and expressions." Keyframe (November 21, 2015)

Martin, Adrian. "Five Varieties of Love Romance, and more, in the films of 2015." Keyframe (November 23, 2015)

Cooper, Julia. "Radical Intimacies: Harmony Korine’s Gummo and Spring Breakers." cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013)

Boyle, Frankie. "On the fallout from Paris: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’"  The Guardian (November 23, 2015)

Reardon, Kiva. "Housekeeping and Other Feudalisms: An Interview with Athina Rachel Tsangari."  cléo 1.2 (July 25, 2013)

LeGuin, Ursula. The Dispossessed. (1974 novel available on Anarchist Library)

Dawson-Edwards, Cherie. "Disrupting Democracy: Felony Disenfranchisement Laws and the 'Smart on Crime' Era."  Uprooting Criminology (November 23, 2015)

Gilbert, Andrew. "Empty Hearths: Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights." cléo 1.2 (July 25, 2013)

Benson, Eric. "The Curious Cases of Pleading Guilty While Innocent." Take Part (November 20, 2015)

Holloway, Jonathan. "AFAM 162 - African American History: From Emancipation to the Present." Open Yale Courses (Spring 2010) ["The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X."]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Resources for November 23, 2015

Greenwald, Glenn. "NYT Editorial Slams “Disgraceful” CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role is Key." The Intercept (November 18, 2015)

Greenwald, Glenn. "CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism." The Intercept (November 20, 2015)

Whitehouse, David. "The Origins of the Police." We are Many (June 28, 2012)

The Unloved - John Carter from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.

Mudede, Charles. "The Devils and Angels of African Cinema." Keyframe (November 5, 2015)

Appen, Joe Von and Erik McClanahan. "A Thematic Pairing Of Inescapable Dread." Adjust Your Tracking #116 (September 23, 2015) ["... reviews of two dread-soaked, arthouse genre films opening slowly in theaters across the country. First is Austrian horror Goodnight Mommy then onto drug war thriller Sicario, each tension-filled and terrifying in their own way."]

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin.  "Paratheatre: Plays Without Stages" Notebook (August 7, 2014)

Bochenek, Annette. "The Criterion Blogathon: The Freshman (1925)." Hometowns to Hollywood (November 16, 2015)

Appen, Joe von and Erik McClanahan. "Immersive Immersion." Adjust Your Tracking #117 (November 10, 2015)

Appen, Joe von and Erik McClanahan. "Over the Borderline." Adjust Your Tracking #118 (November 13, 2015) [" Joe and Erik talk about James White, the latest indie feature from the borderline films collective. We’ve championed this group in the past, responsible for previous AYT favorites Martha Marcy May MarleneSimon Killer and Southcliffe. It’s another small film that deserves a larger audience than the one it will get. Look out for it. Lastly, a chat about Joe’s latest pick for our favorite segment, HOLD UP: Pump Up the Volume."]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Resources for November 18, 2015

Federici, Sylvia and John Taylor Gatto. "Witch Hunters and True Believers (Ideology and Social Control)." Unwelcome Guests #327 (October 9, 2006) ["We hear in the first hour from Silvia Federici how the original witch hunts were based in struggles about power, profit and hierarchy as capitalism came into being. We'll follow that with another reading from chapter 5 of John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education, and its development by what he calls true believers as a method of social engineering modeled on European systems designed to preserve class stratification."]

Katz, Alyssa. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce." Against the Grain (November 16, 2015) ["Lobbying group, aggressive litigator, political power broker, and media campaigner: the US Chamber of Commerce is all that and more. Yet its tremendous influence does not get the attention it merits, promoting corporate interests on behalf of anonymous donor companies. Journalist Alyssa Katz reflects on the immense power of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- how it came to be what it is today, who it represents, and the human costs of its influence. Alyssa Katz, The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life Spiegel & Grau, 2015."]

Citizenfour (USA/Germany/UK: Laura Poitras, 2014: 114 mins) ["In January 2013, film-maker Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about mass surveillance programs in the United States, and so in June 2013, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. She was met there by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. Several other meetings followed. Citizenfour is based on the recordings from these meetings. What follows is the largest confirmations of mass surveillance using official documents themselves, the world has never seen…"]

"The Facts on Immigration Today." Center for American Progress (October 23, 2014)

Progressives for Immigration Reform Sourcewatch (Archive: last modified on September 13, 2010) ["PFIR has been called 'the latest front group of the anti-immigrant John Tanton Network. Before assuming her present assignment, [PFIR Executive Director Leah] Durant was a staff attorney for the Tanton Network’s Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). In 2007 FAIR was listed alongside klan and neo-Nazi organizations as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.'"]

"Astroturf." Sourcewatch (Last modified May 26, 2012) ["Astroturf refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms."]

Front Groups Sourcewatch (Ongoing Archive) ["A front group is an organization that purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other interest whose sponsorship is hidden or rarely mentioned -- typically, a corporate or government sponsor. The tobacco industry is notorious for using front groups to create confusion about the health risks associated with smoking, but other industries use similar tactics as well. The pharmaceutical and healthcare industries use front groups disguised as "patients rights" advocates to market their products and to lobby against government policies that might affect their profits. Food companies, corporate polluters, politicians -- anyone who has a message that they are trying to sell to a skeptical audience is tempted to set up a front group to deliver messages that they know the public will reject if the identity of the sponsor is known."]

Night of the Living Dead Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Alderman, Julie. "Governors Who Don't Want To Accept Syrian Refugees Are Recycling Debunked Right-Wing Media Myths." Media Matters (November 17, 2015)

Anderson, Melissa. "Watch and Learn: Out 1." Artforum (November 2, 2015)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Night of the Living Dead (USA: George Romero, 1968)

Night of the Living Dead (USA: George Romero, 1968: 96 mins)

Azevedo, Rafael Alves. "Fighting Two Wars: George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead as a Critique of 1960s American Society." Sequart (April 15, 2015)

Anderson, Jeffrey. "Night of the Living Dead (Again): A Halloween appreciation." Keyframe (October 27, 2015)

Dotson, Jennifer Whitney. "Considering Blackness in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead: An Historical Exploration." (M.A. Thesis for The Department of English at Louisiana State University, August 2006)

Ebert, Roger. "Night of the Living Dead Chicago Sun-Times (January 5, 1969)

Eggert, Brian. "Night of the Living Dead (1968)," Deep Focus (October 27, 2008)

Harper, Stephen. "Night of the Living Dead: Reappraising an Undead Classic." Bright Lights Film Journal (November 1, 2015)

Kane, Joe. "How Casting a Black Actor Changed Night of the Living Dead." The Wrap (August 31, 2010)

Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniversary." Pop Matters (Archive of Articles: October 30, 2008)

Salvatore, Greg. "Night of the Living Dead: Horror Movie as Social Commentary." Dreams of Literary Grandeur (October 30, 2011)

Seitz, MattZoller. "Zombie 101." Moving Image Source (October 28, 2009)

Wagenheim, Christopher Paul. "From Night to Dawn: The Cultural Criticism of George A. Romero." Scholar Commons (Master of Arts thesis, Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida: October 2010)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Resources for November 16, 2015

Nicholls, Tracey. "Frantz Fanon (1925—1961)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (No Date) ["Frantz Fanon was one of a few extraordinary thinkers supporting the decolonization struggles occurring after World War II, and he remains among the most widely read and influential of these voices. His brief life was notable both for his whole-hearted engagement in the independence struggle the Algerian people waged against France and for his astute, passionate analyses of the human impulse towards freedom in the colonial context. ... Tracing the development of his writings helps explain how and why he has become an inspirational figure firing the moral imagination of people who continue to work for social justice for the marginalized and the oppressed. Fanon’s first work Peau Noire, Masques Blancs (Black Skin, White Masks) was his first effort to articulate a radical anti-racist humanism that adhered neither to assimilation to a white-supremacist mainstream nor to reactionary philosophies of black superiority. While the attention to oppression of colonized peoples that was to dominate his later works was present in this first book, its call for a new understanding of humanity was undertaken from the subject-position of a relatively privileged Martinican citizen of France, in search of his own place in the world as a black man from the French Caribbean, living in France. His later works, notably L’An Cinq, de la Révolution Algérienne (A Dying Colonialism) and the much more well-known Les Damnés de la Terre (The Wretched of the Earth), go beyond a preoccupation with Europe’s pretensions to being a universal standard of culture and civilization, in order to take on the struggles and take up the consciousness of the colonized “natives” as they rise up and reclaim simultaneously their lands and their human dignity. It is Fanon’s expansive conception of humanity and his decision to craft the moral core of decolonization theory as a commitment to the individual human dignity of each member of populations typically dismissed as “the masses” that stands as his enduring legacy."]

Berger, Dan. "The Struggle Within." Stand Up Fight Back (December 17, 2014) ["We talk with Dan Berger, author of two new books. The primary focus of this show is "The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States", from PM Press. It is a look back at political prisoners and state repression from the last fifty years. ... his other book is "Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era", from UNC Press, he looks at the organizing by imprisoned black activists within and around prisons and the ways in which that struggle influenced and impacted generations of activists later."]

Gourevitch, Philip. "The Paris Attacks: Aftermath and Prelude." The New Yorker (November 14, 2015)

Greenwald, Glenn. "Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS." The Intercept (November 15, 2015)

Tillman, Mary. "A Mother's Search for Truth." Word for Word (June 13, 2008) ["In 2004, NFL football star-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. While the Pentagon initially said Pat Tillman died heroically in an enemy ambush, the military later disclosed what it knew all along: Pat Tillman was shot and killed by his fellow soldiers. Today, his mother Mary says she still doesn't have the full story of how her son died. She's written a new book about her search for answers, Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman ..."]

The Living Dead (BBC: Adam Curtis, 1995: three 60 minute episodes) ["The Living Dead: Three Films About the Power of the Past is a series of films that investigate the way that history and memory (both national and individual) have been manipulated and distorted by politicians and others for various means of control."]

Prashad, Vijay. "We are in Pitiless Times." Open Democracy (November 15, 2015) ["After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions."]

Gosztola, Kevin. "60 Minutes Pushes National Security Propaganda to Cast Snowden, Manning as Traitors." Shadowproof ((November 9< 2015)