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Media

Book Review – The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas

Writer Danny Schechter once quipped that what Ben & Jerry's is to ice cream and Elvis was to hip-shaking, Robert W. McChesney is to media analysis. In his news book, The Political Economy of Media, McChesney writes, "Today we understand that media systems are the result of complex political economic factors and crucial policy decisions. The need for engaged scholarship has never been more pronounced, in the United States and worldwide. This is our moment in the sun, our golden opportunity, and as political economists of the media we must seize it."

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Activism

Book Review: Reproduce and Revolt

Reproduce & Revolt is a totally unique work of radical images, designed for hands-on use by artists who can adapt them for current work. As the authors say, "Don't just flip through these pages; throw them on the photocopier or scanner, crack the spine. If there's one book in your collection where the pages should be falling out, this is it!" And they mean it.

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Activism

A Look at World War 3 Illustrated

The pages of World War 3 Illustrated contain one of the best kept and mistakenly kept secrets of the fast-developing world of comic art here in the US. Launched in 1979 by a couple of youngsters moving from Cleveland  to New York's Lower East Side, the magazine first developed mainly as a forum for resistance to the gentrification of  the long-famous radical neighborhood.

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Activism

The Obama Movement: Historical Turning Point?

Whatever is written about the Democratic presidential nomination before the concession of one candidate or another is likely to be premature at best. Still, for those historically-minded, a great deal of significance has already happened. When Hillary Clinton, a few days ago, accused Barack Obama of leading "a movement" and not "a campaign," she inadvertently identified the most important phenomenon in mainstream American politics, and not only liberal politics, in a generation.