Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The source of TV



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Friday, May 22, 2015

Solar powered movie theatre heading to Glastonbury


The World's smallest solar powered movie theatre will be heading to  Glastonbury Festival on 24 – 28 June.

Sol Cinema is a unique mobile show which both entertains and demonstrates the power of renewable energy. Complete with usherettes, red carpet and popcorn, audiences are treated to a unique 8 minute movie experience.

Sol Cinema won a Digital Hero award last year for their best use of sustainable technology. At Glastonbury festival, the mini cinema will be screening a wide range of Independent shorts on environmental themes free of charge.

Sol cinema has been showing short films at events across the UK and Ireland since 2010, and is made from a reconditioned 1970s caravan with 80% recycled materials. A 120W solar panel is used to send the sun’s energy to a 300ah battery pack, keeping it constantly charged to run the cinema’s projector, sound system, lighting box and lap-tops.

Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O'Connor said
'The Sol Cinema is a perfect showcase for how technology can support sustainability and bring film to wider audiences.We are very exicted to be performing at Glastonbury festival and to bring a smile and spread the green message to the people'

World's Smallest Solar Powered Cinema
http://thesolcinema.org/

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

BBC admits breaching its own rules by broadcasting pro-Israel propaganda

A BBC investigation has found that one of its senior presenters, Sarah Montague, breached the organization’s editorial standards on impartiality in a radio interview she conducted with Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon in March.
The investigation was carried out following allegations of pro-Israel bias against Montague’s interview by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and a number of concerned individuals who complained to the BBC.
The ruling against Montague is the second time in recent months that the BBC has upheld a complaint initiated by the PSC.

In the first ruling, the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) agreed with complainants that an online BBC article about Gaza’s tunnels had breached the organization’s accuracy guidelines by presenting its pro-Israel author, Eado Hecht,  as an “independent” defense analyst.
The two ECU rulings highlight just how often the BBC provides an unchallenged platform to Israel’s spokespeople.

Montague’s interview with Yaalon on the current affairs radio program Today was shocking in that a supposedly impartial journalist remained completely silent as the defense minister told lie after lie on air, including the outrageous claim that “the Palestinians enjoy already political independence … And we are happy with it.”
In his first response to complainants, George Mann, assistant editor of Today, wrote via email: “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Sarah Montague’s interview with Moshe Yaalon … Having listened back [to the interview], I feel she challenged him well.”

Source: Electronic Intifada



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Product placement in the movies





Insight into how corporate products take over the movies.




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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How Newspapers produced the War of the Worlds myth

On October 30, 1938, from the Mercury Theater in New York City, Orson Welles broadcasted a “modernized” radio play of H.G. Wells’ (no relation) 1898 novel “War of the Worlds.” For the last three quarters of the century, we’ve been told that this fictionalized CBS broadcast sent Americans into a panic; that citizens across the country did not realize that this was  science-fiction (despite the fact that it was explicitly stated at the beginning and twice during the broadcast) and thought the USA was under attack from an invading Martian army.  Littered with realistic simulated news reports and “eyewitness accounts,” the hour long broadcast was innovative and an extremely entertaining way to present the story.



So, how did the “The radio broadcast of War of the Worlds created mass hysteria” myth get perpetuated? In short, the media. Newspaper headlines across the country gave the impression that panic gripped the nation: “Radio Fake Scares Nation,” read the Chicago Herald and Examiner; “Fake Radio War Stirs Terror Through US,” was reported in the New York Daily News (accompanied with a picture of a frightened man and a woman with an arm sling whose caption read “war” victim.); “Terror by Radio,” could be found in a New York Times editorial.
The newspaper industry had quite a bone to pick with the new medium of radio. As W. Joseph Campbell of American University wrote in the BBC News magazine in 2011 (for the 73rd anniversary of the broadcast), “…the so-called ‘panic broadcast’ brought newspapers an exceptional opportunity to censure radio, a still-new medium that was becoming a serious competitor in providing news and advertising.”
That same New York Times editorial with the inflammatory headline had this to say about its new competitor, “Radio is new but it has adult responsibilities. It has not mastered itself or the material it uses.”
Additionally, the newspapers also wanted to sell papers and what better way to do that than using words like “terror” or “panic” or “war.” Using anecdotal and scattered stories, they made it seem like many citizens were ready to bear arms against the alien invaders, but in truth those stories were either very few and far between or in some cases completely made up. According to law enforcement and hospital documentation from the night in question, there were no reports of people taking to the streets with guns, no one taken to the hospital on the account of the radio broadcast, and no known person committing suicide as a result of the broadcast.
More here

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BREAKING THE FRAME 2: Second Gathering on the Politics of Technology

BREAKING THE FRAME 2: Second Gathering on the Politics of Technology
July 9-12 2015, Unstone Grange, Derbyshire
Organised by CorporateWatch, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Luddites200 and others

Come to Breaking The Frame 2 for a fresh conversation on the politics of technology. Join us in July for 3 days of workshops and campaign planning, plus music, food by Veggies, walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, hands-on activities and more

We live in a world dominated by technology and by systems created by technical experts. So whether it's where your food and energy comes from or if there is a right to privacy, almost everything in life is profoundly shaped by those technologies. Technologies do bring some genuine benefits, but because their design is almost entirely controlled by corporate and military technical elites, they tend to reinforce corporate power and destroy the environment. Breaking The Frame is based on the idea that everyone has the right to take part in decisions about technology, and that is crucial to creating an economically just and sustainable society.

There will be panels on basic technology politics/technocracy, democratic control of technology, alternative technology and the transition to an economically just and sustainable society.

Workshops run by leading campaign groups will focus on the technology politics of food, the workplace, privacy/policing, gender, energy, health, militarism, mining/infrastructure, etc.

Last year's gathering was supported by more than 20 organisations. Whether you're a technology politics campaigner, trade unionist, environmentalist, critical scientist, developer of alternative technology, artist or plain concerned citizen, Breaking the Frame is not to be missed.

Booking: places are limited, so you'll need to book in advance. We aim to ensure that no-one is excluded for reasons of cost.

For those who are travelling from London, a group will taking the 12.58pm train from St Pancras on Thursday 9th - we'd love you to join us.

For more information visit http://breakingtheframe.org.uk/btf2015/, contact info@breakingtheframe.org.uk
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How corporations control the media

Here is a perfect example of how corporations can and do control what gets broadcast.

The UK’s largest commercial radio group, Global Radio, advised its stations, which include Classic FM, Capital and LBC, to drop the HSBC tax story on the morning the story broke for “editorial reasons”.

Global, which broadcasts to about 23 million listeners a week, advised its stations not to run reports about the banking giant after it was revealed that the bank’s Swiss subsidiary helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars in assets.
Its stations, which also include the Heart, Smooth, Xfm and Gold networks, were told by the company’s management to drop the HSBC story from about 8.45am on 9 February, the day the story broke.

The Daily Telegraph’s coverage of the HSBC story became the focus of attention following the resignation of its chief political commentator Peter Oborne, claiming the paper had deliberately suppressed stories about the banking giant and describing it as a “fraud on its readers”.
In response the Telegraph said it had made an editorial decision not to pursue the story despite it being covered extensively by most of its rivals and broadcasters.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Bikes vs Cars wins UK Green Film Fest's Audience Award

Bikes vs Cars wins UK Green Film Fest's Audience Award


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A new documentary - Bikes vs Cars wrapped up their launch in 23 different UK cities through the UK Green Film Festival.

Today, they've found out that they won the festival's Audience Award!

The producers said
'What an honor for us. Thank you to everyone who went out to see Bikes vs Cars at the cinema and another huge thanks to all of you who have been sharing your support online. It already means so much to us to hear your positive reactions to the film and this award is icing on the cake! '

If you're interested in hosting a screening where you live, fill out this form (UK only).
More information on upcoming screenings and how you can organize screenings outside of the UK can be found here.


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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

You can watch Evolving Minds- the very popular film we made showing alternatives to the mainstream system



More details on the Week here

http://www.undercurrents.org/minds.html

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