Thursday, November 12, 2015

Resources for November 12, 2015

Psywar (Canada: Scott Noble, 2010: 99 mins) ["Psywar explores the history and evolution of propaganda along with the rise of ‘public relations’ with an emphasis on the relationship between war, propaganda and privilege… Contains interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips, John Stauber, Christopher Simpson."]

WHITE RABBIT Trailer from Boxcar Pictures on Vimeo.

Starr, Terrell Jermaine. "There’s a good reason protesters at the University of Missouri didn’t want the media around." The Washington Post (November 11, 2015) ["Students wanted to create a safe space from not only the racism they encounter on campus, but the insensitivity they encounter in the news media."]

Killing Us Softly, 4 (USA: Sut Jhally and Jean Kilbourne, 2010: 45 mins) ["Author and activist Jean Kilbourne analyses the depiction of women in advertising and media by decoding a large array of print and television ads. What is revealed is a torrent of stereotypes; sexist and misogynistic images and messages; laying bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of subservience; collectively, the restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world. By examining these messages, Killing Us Softly asks us to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, violence against women, popular culture, and contemporary politics."]

Merchants of Cool (PBS: Barak Goodman and Douglas Rushkoff, 2001: 55 mins) ["They spend their days sifting through reams of market research data. They conduct endless surveys and focus groups. They comb the streets, the schools and the malls, hot on the trail of the “next big thing” that will snare the attention of their prey — a market segment worth an estimated $150 billion a year. They are the merchants of cool: creators and sellers of ‘popular culture’ who have made teenagers the hottest consumer demographic…"]

The Persuaders (PBS: Rachel Dretzin, Barak Goodman and Douglas Rushkoff, 2004: 90 mins) ["Each year, legions of ad people, copywriters, market researchers, pollsters, consultants, and even linguists (most of whom work for one of six giant companies) spend billions of dollars and millions of hours trying to determine how to persuade consumers what to buy, whom to trust, and what to think. Increasingly, these techniques are migrating to the high-stakes arena of politics, shaping policy and influencing how Americans choose their leaders. In The Persuaders, Douglas Rushkoff explores how the cultures of marketing and advertising have come to influence not only what Americans buy, but also how they view themselves and the world around them. The Persuaders draws on a range of experts and observers of the advertising/marketing world, to examine how, in the words of one on-camera commentator, “the principal of democracy yields to the practice of demography,” as highly customised messages are delivered to a smaller segment of the market…"]

Lopez, Ashley. "Kentucky’s Incarceration Rate Ranks 7th in the World." WFPL (November 12, 2015)

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