media and culture

Charlie Hebdo

A  candle light vigil at the Place de la République, in Paris

Earlier this week, gunmen attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered several of its cartoonists. Some thoughts on the various issues that have arisen out of this event.

Black Flag 219 (1999)

Unlike in later issues, a PDF of this issue is not available, however the text is, from flag.blackened.net. It is mirrored here for completeness and as a backup.

Rock bottom or GTFO

On Big Issues and Big Society.

The head-fixing industry - John Keracher

Readers of this pamphlet will recognize that it is a graphic and informative description of how the capitalist press, schools, churches, 'movies,' radio, television, etc., fix the minds of the workers to think the thoughts of the capitalist class. It also tells the workers how to offset this master-class propaganda, and how to think in their own interests.

Forged by Pride: Cursory notes on digital propaganda and Russian queers

Does digital propaganda produced by Western LGBT communities in solidarity with Russian queers expose an exploitative relationship?

Who’s manipulating anyway?

An analysis of David Leppard and Kevin Dowling’s latest attempt to smear anarchists in the Sunday Times

Police evict journalists from TV studio following a 5 month occupation

Greek riot police have forcibly evicted dozens of journalists from the former state TV headquarters (ERT), bringing to an end a five month occupation that started after the TV station had been taken off air, and the journalists sacked. The closure had been part of a programme of public sector job cuts to meet their austerity targets. Many of the workers had stayed behind and kept the station running with an illegal news feed via the internet.

Dear Messrs Webb and Lustig…

An angry response to Robert Webb and Robin Lustig's criticisms of those who choose not to vote, in the wake of Russell Brand's anti-electoral declaration.

Ron Paul: Anti-libertarian

In the United States we mis-use the word 'libertarian'. Some thoughts to share with your non-left libertarian friends about why Ron Paul is not a libertarian.

Despite the Sun (video)

In January 1986, Rupert Murdoch moved his printing operation, News International, publishers of the Sun and the Sunday Times, from Fleet St to Wapping in East London. Over 5,000 print workers, clerical staff, cleaners and secretaries were sacked in one day.