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Media Mindfulness
Ethics, literacy, critique and solutions for our media saturated world.
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One Artist 'Erased' 100 Years Of Women In Advertising, And The Results Are Terrifying

One Artist 'Erased' 100 Years Of Women In Advertising, And The Results Are Terrifying | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

"When we digest a printed advertisement, whether it's for a skin cream or an underwear brand or a fast food joint, the actual commercial good being plugged is often irrelevant. Behind the logo, messages such as this is how you want to look and this is how you want to be seen bubble beneath the surface, instructing us all how to look, act and speak in order to be accepted, valued, loved.  For the past decade, conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas has been fascinated with the rhetoric of ads, how they sell not just products, but desires, stereotypes and dreams. It wasn't long before Thomas realized that the true message of advertisements was not in the text or the logos boosting a product -- so, he erased them, letting the not-so-latent subtexts come to the foreground."

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Screens May Be Terrible for You, and Now We Know Why | WIRED

Screens May Be Terrible for You, and Now We Know Why | WIRED | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
For more than 3 billion years, the cyclical light of sun, moon, and stars governed life on Earth. Then along came electric light. Our bodies and brains may not have been ready.
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The direct link between light and our body's natural rhythms. Click the headline to read the story.

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Antonio Lopez's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:55 AM

The direct link between light and our body's natural rhythms. Click the headline to read the story.

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Groundbreaking Arab media use study

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Northwestern University in Qatar conducted an eight-nation survey of media use in the Middle East. The study's web site has lots of interactive graphics. The findings are quite interesting.

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The National Day Of Unplugging – March 7-8, 2014

The National Day Of Unplugging – March 7-8, 2014 | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of “silence” that our earphones create.

 

If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.

 

The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown – and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.

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I'm a few days too late on this one--I was unplugged! But any day can be unplug day.

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Media Mindfulness: How PBS is becoming the Plutocratic Broadcasting Service

Media Mindfulness: How PBS is becoming the Plutocratic Broadcasting Service | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Just a few hours after anti-pension billionaire John Arnold responded to Pando’s exclusive story about media corruption, public broadcasting officials have now issued their own response - and like ...
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So this is what happens as a byproduct of neoliberal policies: defund public media and open the door to private interests that invariably influence content. Click the headline to read the story.

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Stop Beating a Dead Fox

Stop Beating a Dead Fox | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
The conservative news channel’s only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.
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A pithy analysis full of zingers (for example, comparing Fox prez Roger Aile's obsession with blond anchors to Alfred Hitchcock's use and abuse of lead women), this article ponders the unthinkable: Is Fox News really the big bad wolf that deserves the obsessiveness of the left? His answer is, no. With an average viewership age of 64, Fox, the article argues, is more isolated and out of touch with America as ever. Furthermore, it claims that during the news network's tenure, the Democrats have been far more successful than the "good old days" of mainstream TV when Republicans dominated national elections. But this also ignores the damaging role it had in the post-9/11 era by propelling the Afgan and Iraq invasions.

 

The article concurs with feelings that I have long held: that Fox's influence is overblown and that the attention the left gives it only makes it stronger. However, I think the network's influence is underplayed in the article's analysis. While it is true that Democrats are making gains in national elections and our demographics are going the opposite direction of Fox's core audience, the network manages to influence the other news programs in how they cover the news and talk about the issues. Fox lowers the bar, so-to-speak, which is really evident with climate change coverage. Fox has done more damage to muddy this issue than on almost every other key point, and for that reason, Fox News remains very dangerous.

 

I do agree that people need to stop feeding the Fox troll, and to just deny attention to the likes of drag queen Ann Coulter and Bill Scrooge O'Reilly. They are contrarians who feed off of people's ire, so let them be as Fox's anti-pot, anti-gay Titanic sinks. Nonetheless, to say that Fox doesn't set the news agenda would be naive and wrong. Fox still has the strategic role of spreading disinformation, and on this count it remains quite successful.

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Media Mindfulness: 5 ways to reduce compulsive internet use

Media Mindfulness: 5 ways to reduce compulsive internet use | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Compulsive web use can lead to isolation and depression. Take these tips from a recovering internet addict, and save yourself.

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Climate Cover-Up

Climate Cover-Up | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Media Resources Climate Cover-Up The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan with Richard Littlemore “Climate Cover-Up documents one of the most disgusting stories ever hidden...
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Have you read Climate Cover-Up? Somehow I missed it. Looks like essential reading

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The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform? | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
From presidential selfies to never-ending Instagram feeds, the world is now drowning in images. Celebrated photographers debate the impact of this mass democratisation on their craft
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Some interesting insights into how ubiquitous cameras are transforming photography. While I think the term "destruction" is a bit shrill, I do think the point about people substituting picture taking for experience is a valid one, although Susan Sontag already said this a long time ago.

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Media Mindfulness: A reporter's week as an Amazon insider

Media Mindfulness: A reporter's week as an Amazon insider | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
With questions being asked about its treatment of employees, what is it like to work at Amazon? Carole Cadwalladr lands a job in one of its giant warehouses
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It's increasingly clear that we should be mindful consumers of media based on labor conditions. The more I read about Amazon, the more I seek out alternative book suppliers.

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From CounterPunch: Facebook's race to digitize life

From CounterPunch: Facebook's race to digitize life | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Iron Cagebook:The Logical End of Facebook's Patents

"If there were limits to the reach of the tech industry’s surveillance and stimuli strategies it would indeed be less worrisome. Only parts of our lives would be subject to this modulation, and it could therefore benefit us. But the industry aspires to totalitarian visions in which universal data sets are constantly mobilized to transform an individual’s interface with society, family, the economy, and other institutions. The tech industry’s luminaries are clear in their desire to observe and log everything, and use every “data point” to establish optimum efficiency in life as the pursuit of consumer happiness. Consumer happiness is, in turn, a step toward the rational pursuit of maximum corporate profit. We are told that the “Internet of things” is arriving, that soon every object will have embedded within it a computer that is networked to the sublime cloud, and that the physical environment will be made “smart” through the same strategy of modulation so that we might be made free not just in cyberspace, but also in the meatspace."

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Media Mindfulness: Right-brained? Left-brained? Take the test!

Media Mindfulness: Right-brained? Left-brained? Take the test! | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
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I'm a big fan of developing mindfulness for how our brains work. This simple test helps us determine which hemisphere dominates our thought patterns. Media are closely linked to the hemispheres. Print is largely left-brained and TV is predominately right-brained. I came out 50/50.

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Media Mindfulness: Info graphic shows why games are good for learning

Media Mindfulness: Info graphic shows why games are good for learning | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

Games are very important for learning and James Paul Gee has empirically proved this in his wonderful book " What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy". Gee argues that games,particularly video games,  require the players to learn and think in ways at which they are not adept. He further states that games provide a life enhancing experience for learners and they also revolutionize the routinized ways of learning through fusing learning and play. You can learn more about Gee's book in this post I have published a few months ago.

Regarding the importance of games and why they are good for learning, I am sharing with you the graphic below which visualizes some of the pluses of playing games for learners. Check it out and share with us what you think of it.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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There's No Escape from Advertising

There's No Escape from Advertising | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

What if we thought of attention as something similar: a collective resource, on which everything else depends? And that, when commercial interests exploit our attention on an industrial scale, what’s happening is essentially a transfer of wealth from public to private, no less than if they dumped toxic chemicals in a reservoir?

 
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The Critical Media Project

The Critical Media Project | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
The Critical Media Project is designed to serve high school instructors and other educators who seek to incorporate media literacy into the classroom. The site contains a wide range of media artifacts that explore the politics of identity across issues of race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.
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A great resource for activists, educators and critical folks. Click on the headline to link through.

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A Lovely Sunny Day | Zachary Levi and Bert From Sesame Street | Mashable - YouTube

Stop snapping selfies and look up at the spectacular world around you. Zachary Levi and Sesame Street's Bert know that a day in the park doesn't need a filte...
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Do we need another internet video telling us to get off the internet? Only if it has Bert from Sesame Street.

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Media Mindfulness: Autograph captures 5,500 Bits Of Data About You in 30 seconds

Media Mindfulness: Autograph captures 5,500 Bits Of Data About You in 30 seconds | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

"Describing it as a “game-changer,” Ogilvy Labs today announced a deal to begin using a new mobile-based technology enabling brands to quickly and simply develop incredibly intricate profiles for targeting consumers. The technology, dubbed Autograph, utilizes a simple flashcard-style interface that captures 5,500 attributes about a consumer in about 30 seconds."

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This technology strikes me as a voluntary kind of totalitarianism. Click the headline to read the whole story.

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Antiviral: a new Gawker column that calls BS on the Internet

Antiviral: a new Gawker column that calls BS on the Internet | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Welcome to Antiviral, an occasional column in which we run down the worst hoaxes, pranks, Photoshops and straight-out lies blowing up on the internet.
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A bit like Snopes with lots of examples of why you think twice about sharing. 

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Not surprisingly, Sunday talk shows defend the national security state

Not surprisingly, Sunday talk shows defend the national security state | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

It's Sunday, and that means time for the network chat shows to present one-sided discussions about the NSA, Edward Snowden and mass surveillance.

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Net Neutrality Is Dead -- Here's How to Get It Back

Net Neutrality Is Dead -- Here's How to Get It Back | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Companies will rush to change the Web and line their own pockets at our expense -- creating new tolls for app makers, expensive price tiers for popular sites, and fast lanes open only to the few content providers that can afford them.
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An excellent overview of the good, bad and ugly of the court decision that overturned the FCC's rules for an open internet. I feel more hopeful after reading this; the FCC has the power to write newer, stronger rules that the court can't overturn. However, given that this is Obama's FCC, they probably won't fight back.

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Media Mindfulness: Challenging dumb news culture in ‘Informing the News’

Media Mindfulness: Challenging dumb news culture in ‘Informing the News’ | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
This summer The Onion ran a satirical piece purporting to be an op-ed by CNN s managing editor, Meredith Artley, titled, Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning.
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Media Mindfulness: Batty Mamzelle is not OK with Lily Allen's racist video

Media Mindfulness: Batty Mamzelle is not OK with Lily Allen's racist video | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
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I'm late to the game on this one, but this is a great discussion about Lily Allen's feminist music video that still recycles racist tropes. Let the debate continue...

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Media Mindfulness: International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

Media Mindfulness: International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it

As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws and regulations related to communications surveillance adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques. These principles can provide civil society groups, industry, States and others with a framework to evaluate whether current or proposed surveillance laws and practices are consistent with human rights.

 

These principles are the outcome of a global consultation with civil society groups, industry and international experts in communications surveillance law, policy and technology.

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This manifesto is an important step towards reclaiming the human dimension of the net. Please read the whole thing and share with others.

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Media Mindfulness: 19 Signs You Need To Unplug

Media Mindfulness: 19 Signs You Need To Unplug | Media Mindfulness | Scoop.it
Are you attached to your digital devices? If the thought of being disconnected makes you sweat, you're not alone.
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Some tips for knowing when you're unhealthily tethered to your gadget.

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:06 PM

I am sure there are many shopping today, and many sales on new hi tech devices. Please remember nothing can take the place of face to face interaction. The importance of eye contact, body language, inflection of the voice is vital in sustaing a healthy interpersonal relationship.

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The High Price of Materialism

More at http://www.newdream.org Video by the Center for a New American Dream Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermine...
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Antonio Lopez's curator insight, November 19, 2013 6:38 AM

Nice, simple video explaining the relationship between media and materialism. It also offers some suggestions for changing our consumptive patterns.