media and culture

Class War and the Media

An article from Class War issue 73 looking at Class War's populism and relationship to the mainstream media.

The New York newsboys' strike of 1899

A short account of the successful 1899 strike of newspaper delivery boys in New York City.

Film Fictions of the Iraq War

Tom Jennings examines television and cinema stories about the US/UK ‘war on terror’ in terms of the notion that ‘war is the health of the state’.

Hong Kong: Where anarchists and blackbirds sing about freedom

Brief report on anarchist elements in the Hong Kong activist scene ca. 2009, focusing on Lenny Guo of the band Blackbird, veteran of the 70s Front.

Marut, Ret: The Early B. Traven - James Goldwasser

A 1990s article surveying the then recently-acquired Ret Marut archive, now residing with the University of California. The documents confirm certain known facts of Marut's life and times, prior to his (now generally accepted) transformation into the reclusive anarchist novelist B. Traven. The collection also provides some further fuel for speculation on the life and identity of the enigma that remains B. Traven.

I blame the parents!

youths

Popular media coverage often lays the blame for youth problems at the feet of parents. New report shows that contrary to received opinion, parents actually take greater interest in what their kids are up to now and monitor their activities more.

Surrealism in the Arab World

Artilce printed in the journal Arsenal: Surrealist Subversion no.3, 1976. Includes The Manifesto of the Arab Surrealist Movement, 1975.

Muzak to my ears - canned music and class struggle

Public space and muzak as policing.

Art as Form of Reality - Herbert Marcuse

Marcuse discusses the traditional conservative role of art in society, artistic challenges to traditional art forms in the 1970s - and what role art might still play in a liberated society.

Notes On The Balkan War and the Media, 1999

A critique of the media's relation to the Kosovo war of 1999, coming out of the group "No War But The Class War". It includes a leaflet produced by the group for an anti-war demo. Written in June 1999.