Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Out of all the bizarre conspiracy theories out there, the theory that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is comedian Bill Hicks, is definitely one of them.

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This episode features technobrarian Luc Brien from Libsaurus on a wide range of conspiracy theories including Alex Jones is Bill Hicks, Finland is a made up country, 9/11 was an inside job and GMOs are evil. Luc finishes the episode with some tips for how to stop spreading fake news. This episode is a continuation of the discussion on fake news from last episode #180.

You can listen to Luc’s talk on this topic here. This talk is from the 2017 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the notes of our 179th episode for links to all of the talks from this conference.

Check out the James Cook University Fake News Guide and Luc’s recommended songs about fake news!

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Clips:

The Living EndTabloid Magazine’, Info Wars ‘Child Slave Colony On Mars!’, Nine Inch NailsSurvivalism’.

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This episode features technobrarian Luc Brien from Libsaurus on what fake news is, why it is promoted and its dangers. This discussion continues next episode #181.

Luc giving his talk on fake news.

You can listen to Luc’s talk on this topic here. This talk is from the 2017 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the notes of our 179th episode for links to all of the talks from this conference.

Check out the James Cook University Fake News Guide and Luc’s recommended songs about fake news!

If you like what you hear, please support the show!

Clips:

Katy Perry featuring Skip MarleyChained to the Rhythm’, Media WatchABC Media Watch calls out Channel Nine for plagiarising Outback newspaper’, Last Week Tonight with John OliverScientific Studies’, Faithless ‘Mass Destruction’.

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Nick is joined by “Mother” aka sociologist Dr Theresa Petray for the entire episode. We discuss some of her research on the opportunities and limitations of using the Internet to bring about social change, as well as some of the ways it can be used more effectively by activists.

For more on these issues, check out Theresa’s articles ‘Self-Writing a Movement and Contesting Indigeneity: Being an Aboriginal Activist on Social Media’ and ‘Protest 2.0: Online Interactions and Aboriginal Activists’, her talk ‘The Revolution will not (just) be Tweeted: Social Media and Social Movements’ and her video ‘Slacktivism…or Saving the World?’. See more of Theresa’s publications here and you can also hear her on our 45th episode, discussing Indigenous self-determination.

Revolution

Also covered throughout the episode is: the effectiveness (or lack of) in waving the rainbow flag on Facebook, queer critiques of same-sex marriage, huge government spending on monitoring social media use, the “digital divide” – with only about 40% of the world having internet access, Nick’s article ‘Australian Media Hegemony and the Internet’, the book Ready Player One, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on the importance of encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’, and Aicha Marhfour’s article ‘Hashtags Won’t Save Palestine In War Of Words And Clicks’.

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Clips:

Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’ – ‘Occupy’, Chumbawamba ‘Pass it Along’, Omar Offendum with The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah and Amir Sulaiman ‘#Jan25 Egypt’.

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For most of this episode, we’re joined by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva la Vegan!. Leigh-Chantelle is a vegan, animal rights activist, feminist, singer/songwriter, author and blogger. She discusses effective online activism, staying positive despite in-fighting in social movements, veganism, animal advocacy and podcasting. Leigh-Chantelle also interviewed Nick for Viva la Vegan! podcast – there is both a video and audio version of this interview available here.

Also covered on this episode is the 2015 ICAS Oceania conference in Melbourne, Eve and Jill Scott on Iggy Azalea and cultural appropriation (this is a follow-up to our discussion on this issue on episode 84), and Viva la Vegan!’s Top Ten Male ‪‎Vegan Athletes (Nick is #6).

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Book Recommendation:

Feed by MT Anderson.

Clips:

Leigh-ChantelleGo With The Flow’, The Thick of it (Series 3, Episode 1), CNNNN, Part 1 of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle, Jill Scott and Eve Dissect Iggy Azalea’s Black Accent, Part 2 of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle, Universal PoplabVampire in You’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features the start of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle on effective online activism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this episode we take on the new counter terror laws introduced by the Australian government, the National Security Amendment Bill (No.1). We raise civil liberties concerns, mention that the laws had bipartisan support – there was no opposition from the “opposition”, and also highlight the impact the laws will have on the media (even mainstream journalist Laurie Oakes has gone rogue and criticised the laws!). To further the discussion on the effect the laws will have on the media, we play an interview with journalist Tony Serve. This interview is from Indymedia on RTR92.1FM and Tony is interviewed by Karun Cowper and Caroline Smith. We encourage people to follow Tony on Twitter @perthtones, as well as following Karun @karun777 and Caroline @Cas_Flaneuse.

We also discuss Australian troops entering Iraq (you can hear Antony Loewenstein on Australian troops returning to Iraq on episode 67). There has also been direct action against this – anti-war protesters recently entered a military base in Victoria to disrupt this invasion. These activists faced brutality from the soldiers there. To find out more about this action, go to the website swanislandpeace.org and follow #SIPC14. We mention that Abbott is up in the polls as hysteria about terrorism provides a distraction from the budget and other important issues, such as domestic violence. We finish the episode by talking about the hashtags #HeyASIO and #stopdataretention, as well as the role of social media generally in putting forward alternative ideas to those promoted by the mainstream media and the government. Shout outs to Critical Transit podcast, Antony Loewenstein and the Melbourne Street Medic Collective.

This episode is brought to you by “Comrade Clare”. You can hear Clare on episode 8 discussing refugees and episode 26 talking about vegan cats. Thanks a lot to Clare for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

1984 audiobook, Sneaky Sound System1984’, Robert’s ProductionsCensor Beep’, Mad as HellSeries 4, Episode 2’, Interview with journalist Tony Serve from Indymedia on RTR92.1FM – by Karun Cowper and Caroline Smith, Austin PowersMad as HellSeries 4, Episode 2’, Mad as HellSeries 4, Episode 1’, The Office (UK) ‘Series 1, Episode 2’, Colour Me WednesdayShut’.

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decriminalise sex work

Image from: thealternative.in

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Advocates for the Nordic Model for sex work argue that this approach does not target sex workers themselves, only their clients. However, Jane Green and Cameron Cox dispute these claims and argue that it is decriminalisation that leads to the best outcomes for sex workers. Jane Green is a sex worker who is on the Executive Committee of the Scarlet Alliance. Cameron Cox is a sex worker who is involved in a sex worker outreach organisation. Beyond the Nordic model and decriminalisation, Jane and Cameron also discuss the “rescue industry”, transphobia, unions for sex workers, and sex work phobia/whorephobia – follow @AnarchaSxworker for more on whorephobia. Part two of our interview with Jane and Cameron is featured on episode 105 (sorry for the delay!). For more on sex work, you can listen to our 44th episode: Rethinking Porn and Sex Work.

We also give some updates on Israel/Palestine, which we covered on episodes 62 and 63. We mention that Israeli products have a barcode of 729, for those looking to boycott Israeli products as part of the BDS movement. We also mention other actions being taken beyond BDS, such as an Israeli arms factory being shut down in the UK – update: these activists have since been arrested. Other updates include: Israel admits Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Israeli teens, Amnesty International challenges Israel’s claims about Hamas using civilians as “human shields”, BBC bias over Israel leading to a BBC journalist resigning (a journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald has also resigned for similar reasons), the use of social media by Palestinians – see here and here for examples of tweets, the Israeli government paying uni students to circulate pro-Israeli information on social media networks, and cartoons portraying Hamas and Israeli’s spark outrage. For more on Israel/Palestine, check out our last two episodes and also the article ‘Busting Israeli Occupation One Liners’ by Sara Saleh, Amnesty International Australia’s spokesperson. You can also read Nick’s article on Israel/Palestine, the first on our new blog!, here: ‘A Response to Sam Harris Blaming Muslims for the “Careful” and “Compassionate” Killing of Palestinian Civilians‘.

Also covered on the episode is our new “studio”comments from our listeners on the story ‘Church of England Votes to Allow Women to Become Bishops’, new “counter-terrorism” measures proposed by the Australian government, the Girls on Film Festival, and really important issues such as the upcoming David Brent movie and Nick turning 30. Shout outs to the Queer Punx Podcast!

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Clips:

Frank Turner ‘Photosynthesise’, Green DayThe Grouch’, Dead Prez ‘Scar Strangled Banner’, Part 1 of our interview with Jane Green and Cameron CoxAustin PowersSubhumans ‘No’ (live).

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Jane and Cameron on the Nordic Model, here: Nordic Model is Nor Good for Sex Workers. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.