Monday, March 23, 2009

Pirate Radio USA

Source: Google Video

Pirate Radio USA looks at the rise of "pirate radio" following the regulation and licensing of radio frequency broadcast by the FCC, featuring a number of pirate radio stations around the United States, their various techniques, as well as the reasons why for broadcasting in violation of Federal laws. The documentary also details the impact of pirate radio (as a component of Indymedia) during the World Trade Organization protests during the Seattle 1999 meeting.


In the Library:
  • Albarran, Alan B., and Gregory G. Pitts. 2000. The radio broadcasting industry. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. [link: WorldCat]
  • American Radio Relay League. 1985. The ARRL handbook for the radio amateur. Newington, Conn: American Radio Relay League. [link: WorldCat]
  • Anders, Allison, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss, Marcus De Leon, Chris D., Luanna Anders, Chris Shearer, John Doe, and Dave Alvin. 2006. Border radio. [Irvington, N.Y.]: Criterion Collection. [link: WorldCat]
  • Doerksen, Clifford John. 2005. American Babel: rogue radio broadcasters of the jazz age. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Einstein, Mara. 2004. Media diversity economics, ownership, and the FCC. LEA's communication series. Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates. [link: WorldCat]
  • Hilliard, Robert L. 1991. The Federal Communications Commission: a primer. Electronic media guides. Boston: Focal Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Squier, Susan Merrill. 2003. Communities of the air: radio century, radio culture. Durham: Duke University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Walker, Jesse. 2001. Rebels on the air: an alternative history of radio in America. New York: New York University Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Common Routes: St. Dominique, Louisiana

Source: Google Video

This short film produced for the an exhibition at the Historic New Orleans Collection traces some of the parallel history and experiences of creoles of color in two of France's premiere colonies in the New World: Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) and Louisiana.


In the Library:
  • Baade, Hans W. 1980. Louisiana's laws and the Creole family in history. Austin, Tex: Baade. [link: WorldCat]
  • Brown, Gordon S. 2005. Toussaint's clause: the founding fathers and the Haitian revolution. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. [link: WorldCat]
  • Brown, Richmond F. 2007. Coastal encounters the transformation of the Gulf South in the eighteenth century. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Gomez, Michael Angelo. 2006. Diasporic Africa a reader. New York: New York University Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Hall-Quest, Olga Wilbourne, and Victor Lazzaro. 1968. Old New Orleans, the Creole city; its role in American history, 1718-1803. New York: Dutton. [link: WorldCat]
  • Ingersoll, Thomas N. 1999. Mammon and Manon in early New Orleans: the first slave society in the Deep South, 1718-1819. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • James, Cyril Lionel Robert. 1980. The black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo revolution. Motive. London: Allison & Busby. [link: WorldCat]
  • Kein, Sybil. 2000. Creole: the history and legacy of Louisiana's free people of color. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:
  • The Creole City - an online exhibit at the Louisiana State University Libraries Web site.

Rip! A Remix Manifesto

Meet Girl Talk. Today we're going to make a mash-up, find out who Girl Talk is, and why his music holds the key to the future of culture.

Copyright vs Copyleft. Let's explore the remixers manifesto.

Culture always builds on the past. Did Muddy Waters build on the blues? And did Led Zeppelin build on Muddy Waters? Does Girl Talk need permission to build on all of it?

Asking permission. What would happen if Girl Talk asked permission to sample from the people who own the history of music?

The past tries to control the future. The Internet was not the first technology to disrupt business models. From the printing press to the player piano, one generation is always calling the next a "pirate."

Lawrence Lessig gives Brett some advice. Lessig has been traveling the globe for over a decade trying to convince the world to re-think copyright. We asked him for some legal advice.

Open source cinema. Today's remixers are building a new literacy and they're leaning on a tradition much older than Girl Talk.

Cory Doctorow and the King of Remix. Walt Disney, the biggest remixer of all, built an empire from remixing fairy tales from the public domain. Why can't we do to Mickey Mouse what Walt did to the Brothers Grimm?

Culture jam! Remixers are fighting back. Meet Negativland, the original Culture Jammers.

Our culture is becoming less free. In the US, copyright laws are allowing record companies to sue preachers, single moms and even dead people. My country – Canada – is being pressured to adopt this approach to intellectual property. Is yours?

Radio Head – Paris Hilton – Girl Talk. The Internet may be a highway of piracy for some, but not for many musicians. It is providing them access to a whole world of fans. The music industry is evolving, and in the process, providing a road map for all areas of our culture.

Open Source art in Brazil. Do we have to beg permission to build on the past? In Brazil, a balance has been struck between intellectual property and the public domain.

The Revolution will be digitized. We could all learn a little from the Mouse Liberation Front. The future is ours!


In the Library:

Fishman, S. (2001). The public domain How to find copyright-free writings, music, art & more. Berkeley:

Vaidhyanathan, S. (2001). Copyrights and copywrongs: The rise of intellectual property and how it threatens creativity. New York: New York University Press.

Lessig, L. (2004). Free culture: How big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity. New York: Penguin Press.

Herrington, T. K. (2001). Controlling voices Intellectual property, humanistic studies, and the Internet. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

National Research Council (U.S.). (2000). The digital dilemma Intellectual property in the information age. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Litman, J. (2001). Digital copyright: Protecting intellectual property on the Internet. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books.

Matsuura, J. H. (2003). Managing intellectual assets in the digital age. Boston, MA: Artech House.

Einhorn, M. A. (2004). Media, technology, and copyright Integrating law and economics. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Spinello, R. A., & Tavani, H. T. (2005). Intellectual property rights in a networked world Theory and practice. Hershey, PA: Information Science Pub.

Rimmer, M. (2007). Digital copyright and the consumer revolution Hands off my iPod. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

On the Web:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues

Source: Google Video (Hi Res sources:,, MegaUpload, or BitTorrent file)

From Wikipedia:

Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 animated feature film written, directed, produced and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley (with the exception of some fight animation by Jake Friedman in the "Battle of Lanka" scene)[2] primarily using 2D computer graphics.

It intersperses events from an episode of the Ramayana, illustrated conversation between Indian shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette Hanshaw and scenes from the artist's own life. The ancient mythological and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous themes.

In the Library:
  • Dehejia, Vidya. 1994. The Legend of Rama: artistic visions. Bombay: Marg Publications. [link: WorldCat]
  • Vālmīki, and Aubrey Menen. 1954. The Ramayana. C. Scribner. [link: WorldCat]
On the Web:

Closing the School of Assassins

Source: YouTube

A radio interview with Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), an advocacy group dedicated to shutting down the U.S. Army School of Americas located in Fort Benning, Georgia. According to SOAW, the School of Americas:
"trains Latin American security personnel in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. SOA graduates are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America. In 1996 the Pentagon was forced to release training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Among the SOA's nearly 60,000 graduates are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia. Lower-level SOA graduates have participated in human rights abuses that include the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the El Mozote Massacre of 900 civilians."
Renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2000, the School continues to operate and provide training to military and para-military forces of several Latin and South American governments.

In this interview, Fr. Roy talks about his experiences growing up in Louisiana, serving in Viet Nam, the influences which brought him to the Catholic priesthood, his missionary work in Bolivia as well as his learning firsthand of human rights abuses in Latin America by groups and individuals directly sponsored by the US Government.


In the Library:
  • Bouvier, Virginia Marie. 2002. The globalization of U.S.-Latin American relations democracy, intervention, and human rights. Westport, Conn: Praeger. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Gill, Lesley. 2004. The School of the Americas: military training and political violence in the Americas. American encounters/global interactions. Durham: Duke University Press. [link: WorldCat]
On the Web:

Goddess Remembered

Source National Film Board of Canada

This documentary is a salute to 35,000 years of the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. The film features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish and Jean Bolen, all of whom link the loss of goddess-centric societies with today's environmental crisis. This is the first part of a 3-part series that includes The Burning Times and Full Circle.


In the Library:

Gimbutas, M. (1991). The language of the goddess: Unearthing the hidden symbols of western civilization. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Reis, P. (1991). Through the Goddess: A woman's way of healing. New York: Continuum.

Campbell, J., & Musès, C. (1991). In all her names: Explorations of the feminine in divinity. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco.

Baring, A., & Cashford, J. (1991). The myth of the goddess: Evolution of an image. London, England: Viking Arkana.

Billington, S., & Green, M. J. (1996). The concept of the goddess. London: Routledge.

Monaghan, P., & Monaghan, P. (1997). The new book of goddesses & heroines. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications.

Ruether, R. R. (2005). Goddesses and the divine feminine A Western religious history. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gross, R. M., & Ruether, R. R. (2001). Religious feminism and the future of the planet: A Christian-Buddhist conversation. New York: Continuum.

Beattie, T. (2006). New Catholic feminism Theology and theory. London: Routledge.

Haddad, Y. Y., & Esposito, J. L. (2001). Daughters of Abraham: Feminist thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Eller, C. (1993). Living in the lap of the Goddess: The feminist spirituality movement in America. New York: Crossroad.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Herbert's Hippopotamus: Marcuse and Revolution in Paradise

Source: Google Video

This documentary examines the turbulent life in California of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), author of One-Dimensional Man, Reason and Revolution and Eros and Civilization, among other books, professor of philosophy at the University of California San Diego, and a visionary and influential force for the student movement worldwide during the Sixties and Seventies. Blending archival footage, interviews, re- created scenes and voice-over narration, the video profiles not only the life of Marcuse but also the history of student protest and social activism. The video features interviews with Marcuse's student Angela Davis, former UCSD Chancellor William McGill, colleagues Fredric Jameson and Reinhard Lettau, and rare footage of Marcuse and former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Directed by Paul Alexander.


In the Library:
  • Alford, C. Fred. 1985. Science and the revenge of nature: Marcuse & Habermas. Gainesville, FL: University Presses of Florida. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Breines, Paul. 1970. Critical interruptions; new left perspectives on Herbert Marcuse. [New York]: Herder and Herder. [link: WorldCat]
  • MacIntyre, Alasdair C. 1970. Herbert Marcuse; an exposition and a polemic. New York: Viking Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert, and Douglas Kellner. 2007. Art and liberation. London: Routledge. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1972. Counterrevolution and revolt. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1966. Eros and civilization; a philosophical inquiry into Freud. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert, Richard Wolin, and John Abromeit. 2005. Heideggerian Marxism. European horizons. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Marcuse, Herbert, and Douglas Kellner. 2005. The new left and the 1960s. London: Routledge. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1964. One-dimensional man; studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1960. Reason and revolution; Hegel and the rise of social theory. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1973. Studies in critical philosophy. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Robinson, Paul A. 1969. The Freudian left: Wilhelm Reich, Geza Roheim, Herbert Marcuse. New York: Harper & Row. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:

The Political Dr. Seuss

Source: Google Video

In celebration of Theodor Geisel's 105th birthday come's this biographical film of the all-time best-selling children's author known to millions as simply "Dr. Seuss."
"Most people know Dr. Seuss as the man behind 'The Cat in the Hat.' But how many know that 'Yertle the Turtle' was modeled after Hitler--or that Dr. Seuss created WWII political cartoons that denounced racism, isolationism and other issues of the day. 'The Political Dr. Seuss' reveals how popular children's author Theodor Geisel advocated social change, teaching generations of children not only how to be better readers, but better people as well."

In the Library:
  • Cohen, Charles D. 2004. The Seuss, the whole Seuss, and nothing but the Seuss: a visual biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Geisel, Theodor Seuss. 1995. The secret art of Dr. Seuss. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Kemp, James W. 2004. The Gospel according to Dr. Seuss: [snitches, sneeches, and other creachas]. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • MacDonald, Ruth K. 1988. Dr. Seuss. Boston: Twayne Publishers. [link: WorldCat]
  • Minear, Richard H., Theodor Seuss Geisel, Seuss, and Art Spiegelman. 1999. Dr. Seuss goes to war: the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: New Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Morgan, Judith, and Neil Morgan. 1995. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: a biography. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Nel, Philip. 2004. Dr. Seuss: American icon. New York: Continuum. [link: WorldCat]
  • Seuss. 1986. You're only old once! New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
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