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Fuck the Corporate Media Video Finally Finished!

Now showing at Videos from the Resistance:
Wednesday, May 12th, 7pm, at The Know (2202 NE Alberta)
and
Monday, May 31st, 7pm, at It's a Beautiful Pizza (SE 34th and Belmont)
Come and see why we say "Fuck the Corporate Media!"

This video explores the lies, propaganda, and twists of truth perpetuated in the corporate media on just one day -- August 21st, 2003. On that day, corporate mouthpieces dispensed inaccurate and falsified accounts of the anti-bush protest in Portland.

You get to see what they say happened, and then what REALLY happened, because IndyCams were there! Yes, when you and I hit the streets with cameras in hand, we have the power to tell the real stories and drown out their lying corporate propaganda.

It's hard to belive unless you see for yourself how far the corporate media will go to twist the truth and discredit The People. Come and see, and then act.


Videos from the Resistance shows are always free, because the Truth should not cost money.

looking for a conversation 10.May.2004 13:18

bug

I love VFTR! I can't wait to see this video.

I have one concern though. The claims to "Truth" and what the "Real" is by this post seem to taint the message of the videos. What is most repellant about the corp. media is not always the spin but the claim they make to telling "Truth". As purely propoganda these claims can be quite useful and powerful in getting people to believe what you are saying is the "Truth" but what happens when someone applies the same techniques you are using to criticize corp. media to criticize indymedia?
I think the issue can be reduced to whether or not you trust the people who are watching the video enough to allow them to draw their own conclusions or whether you feel the need to validate the "Truth" of the video by using strong rhetoric (i.e. the True Truth or the Really Real) or by using some voice of authority by interviewing "experts" and putting their name and job description in a subtitle.
There are many ways to tell a story or to report an event. Making claims to "Truth" but using the same techniques that you are trying to criticize to show this "Truth" weakens the power of VFTR by replacing one voice of authority with another. Trusting that people have the faculties to understand your perspective without some authority telling them what to think is much harder but seems more in line with the mission of VFTR.

to bug 12.May.2004 09:29

videoista

Thanks for the comments. Good points. I'm not sure I understand entirely, but I'll try to give my thoughts. First, the Videos from the Resistance rarely, if ever, have the names, titles, or job descriptions of any "experts" anywhere. In fact, we usually go out of our way to avoid perpetuating the voices of "experts," who already have the ability to be heard. I can only think of a few times where people's names and/or titles even appeared at all in a video -- the only one that comes to mind is the Kroeker one where the whole community came together to ask for his resignation following his awarding of medals to the cops who murdered Jose Mejia Poot. In that case, it seemed important to underline the fact that the entire city, including some "heavy hitters" were behind the effort to have him removed. It's always an artisitic/journalistic decision about what will enhance the video, but for the most part I agree with you on the need to avoid cannonizing so-called "experts."

Your point about "Truth" is more subtle and complex. And for the most part, I agree with that too. There never seems to be just one truth. Not to mention the fact that claiming to have The Truth gives one more power than is perhaps good to take. I don't think, though, that the original post is claiming that authority. Instead, it merely states that "the Truth should not cost money." And indeed, it should not. The Truth comes from winding together the many sources of information available to you and piecing them together for yourself. In essence, you create your own truth from what you observe, feel, and experience. So VFTR can be part of that creation, but I don't think the post is claiming to BE the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I think, rather, it's claiming to be honest and true to what we, as videoistas, saw and felt. And so we offer this to you, in the hopes that you can create Truth for yourself, from it.

As to "what REALLY happened," having seen the video I can say I understand completely why this phrasing was used. When you see it, you probably will too. The corporate media lied that day, and indycams can prove it.

Anyway, thanks for the comments and I look forward to seeing you there tonite.

Tacky and low class mocu-metory 12.Jul.2004 15:55

Adam C

"I don't see destroying property as violence", that is what this person in an interview said about them taking down a sign and creating a fight.

I watched this Mocumentory about "corporate media". Really tacky ethics and this gives great Indie film a horrible reputation. I hope these are high school or freshman college students. I totally believe that the mainstream media is politically influenced and something needs to be done to stop it. However, get some class or no one will take you seriously.

Taking the Bait 22.Jul.2004 15:07

Videoista

Actually, Adam, if you saw the video you would have caught the fact that the person who was interviewed was not, in fact, the person who "created a fight." On the contrary, several thugs intent on stirring up a stink walked through a peace protest with a homophobic sign, spouting homophobic rhetoric. Whether these gentlemen understood it or not, they wandered right into the Queer Revolution. Considering the situation, I believe QR people exercised unbelievable restraint. The only person who actually hurt anyone in the entire encounter was one of those men. He tried to choke someone, and then tried to hit several people. Even the corporate media had that on film. The only difference is, they tried to imply he was an anarchist. We showed the real story, in context.

I'm not at all sure what your objection to the video is, except that it seems you are offended by the assertion that the destruction of property is not violent. I agree with the interviewee. It is not. It may be annoying, it may be vandalism, or it may simply be self defense or defense of the planet. Depends on the situation. But it's not violence. Question your own ethics, Adam.

personal media 17.Nov.2004 08:08

dont know jducey j203599v@edinboro.edu

Yes i was thinking about this in view that to avoid corperate media. what length we would have to go to establish an alternat source of meadia. if this is even reasonable. i mean one source of media is just as currupt as the other maybe not as far indepth or as far in its goals or aims.. BUt all media is a means to create. creat things (fbricate ) false reallity. A new source of media should be peoples word of mouth along the lines of a soap box-broadcasting.!
i believe people cant help but ignore these things that are eating our society, yet no one has the gull to step upon the boxs and speak the words to reveal our leaders treachery

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M.E.D.I.A...Make Everyone Dumb In America 16.Jul.2005 16:56

Rich Sheridan bronxrich22@yahoo.com

The M.E.D.I.A. is in service of the Fascist government by which we are ruled. To rule us, to (mis-)lead us the government must lie, and the primary outlet of their lies is the mass media.

When one is "dumb" then one can be controlled, and when one is controlled, one is damned, and when one is damned one is 'dead" at least spiritually.

Our U.S. Constitution is about freedom, but a fascist society is about control, thus the M.E.D.I.A...Make Everyone Dumb In America.

Rich Sheridan
Dallas, Texas
 bronxrich22@yahoo.com

972-919-4732
3022 Forest lane, No. 304, Dallas, Texas 75234

M.E.D.I.A...Make Everyone Dumb In America 16.Jul.2005 17:12

Rich Sheridan bronxrich22@yahoo.com

The M.E.D.I.A. is in service of the Fascist government by which we are ruled. To rule us, to (mis-)lead us the government must lie, and the primary outlet of their lies is the mass media.

When one is "dumb" then one can be controlled, and when one is controlled, one is damned, and when one is damned one is 'dead" at least spiritually.

Our U.S. Constitution is about freedom, but a fascist society is about control, thus the M.E.D.I.A...Make Everyone Dumb In America.

Rich Sheridan
Dallas, Texas
 bronxrich22@yahoo.com

972-919-4732
3022 Forest lane, No. 304, Dallas, Texas 75234

The Backrooms of Hollywood 06.Apr.2007 08:14

unFame.com arts@unfame.com

Corporate Hollywood, a machine motivated by power and greed, once again strikes out to fully monopolize America's arts. By-products of their takeover include dismantling the arts and oppressing actors via the celebrity industry. Arts are vital both as the primary guidefor improvements in the human condition and as the most accurate reflection of the current state and direction of civilization.Hollywood is the figurehead for arts in this country. The corporate machine undermines the importance of all the art coming out of Hollywood by framing it as a silly commercial clown and defrockingit's representatives. These same representatives (actors) - and art itself - symbolize freedom of speech and freedom from oppression. This filters down into society: freedom in the arts leads to freedom for the people. Therefore as the rightful overseers of our arts, the people of the U.S. are bound by civil duty to recapture control of this most preciousand essential institution. It's becoming more obvious that the corporate machine of Hollywood, in conjunction with those in power throughout the United States, utilizes the arts to influence, manipulate and ultimately dominate society for their purposes. Perhaps when they first started out their eyes were big blue question marks but it is more evident now that those eyes are green dollar marks. And it's nothing new for the powerful to seek to control the people via the arts and media. Iconic of American arts, Hollywood actors are bearing the brunt of the intent, efforts and oppressive business practices of this machine. More and more actors are showing indicators of distress as the takeover of the arts continues. A catalyst to examine this, Gillian Anderson has earned the title 'Joan of Hollywood' for her courage to endure unfair labor practices, a virtual loss of young motherhood, and her subsequently being black balled. Critical to the success of their takeover, the corporate machine promotes a pointed lack of empathy for artists in Hollywood. They paint a facade via the media that actors are over indulged tycoons instead of their true position as oppressed pawns in golden cages. As the people of the U.S. take responsibility in managing the arts, it is crucial that the most visible representatives of our arts (Hollywood actors) are supported and celebrated.