Rochester, Nov 28 – Harry Grant of Franklinville owned a mastiff which he spent weeks in teaching to put out fires with his paws. This morning, in illustrating to a friend the efficiency of his dog, Grant lighted a fuse attached to a dynamite cartridge. The dog rushed at the smoking fuse and endeavored to put it out, but failed. Seeing the danger of his pet, Grant grabbed the animal by its tail and endeavored to pull him away. The explosion that followed tore the dog to pieces and fatally injured Grant.
Should anyone happen to find themselves at a loose end in Leiden, NL this Saturday, they can find me playing at this party in multipleks squat/social centre just behind the station. Dubstep, Grime, Bassline, Old Skool – most things resonably close to 140bpm. I’ll be on at 2.30ish.
With ‘dubstep’ increasingly =ing sales the release contains some slightly disappointing/(dare I say) lazy productions from scene’s big producers but some promising tracks from unexpected sources including…
sub version being the Berlin axis of Jay Haze, Michael Ho and Paul St Hilaire.
Teach-in on the media and Iraq at Goldsmiths yesterday emphasised the means of control exterted on journalists by their governments.
one – spin. at its most base level Rumsfield admitted paying cash to Iraqi newspapers for favourable coverage (can’t dig up another source for this).
two – criminalization. the 2006 terrorism act in the UK makes glorifying or justifying terrorism a criminal offense. this is deliberately ambiguous. less ambiguous is the section that makes it illegal for a journalist to ‘knowingly visit a terrorist training camp’. which brings me to embedding and.
three. ‘de-certifying‘ (a white house term)the media. at its most basic level this means killing them as happened with terry lloyd a non-embedded war correspondant. at home this means questioning their legitimacy. see Andrew Gilligan sacked by the BBC for suggesting the Iraq weapons dossier had been exaggerated. a claim which turned out to be completely true. The director general of the BBC also resigned as part of this incident, creating a climate of intimidation which led to senior BBC editorial staff being banned from attending the February 15 marches following a strongly worded letter from Tony Blair.
Embedding seems to be the operative word here. Coverage in a warzone becomes unavoidably sympathetic when the journalist’s life relies on the troops around them, the camera positioned behind the sandbags looking out. In the UK (I hesitate to comment on the US) the government press office seeks to replicate this process in domestic journalism – embedding the journalist within the government’s world view and making them reliant on them for their professional (rather than actual) life.
Having said that, a sweeping mistrust of the media could well have many positive consequences. News RSSed and meta-media from many sources being possible progressions…