Simple Living: Cultural jamming and artistic freedom

March 4, 2014

Nadia Plesner is a Danish visual artist, whose works often explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between the editorial and advertising departments in the media – the ‘real’ news and commercial interests. She is mostly known for her drawing ‘Simple living’ from 2011 (above), featuring a young, undernourished child from Darfur holding a small dog in […]

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Prototypes of NM activism

March 4, 2014

Social mobilization is a vital factor determining all types of activism. Often the success of a movement is determined by its popularity and if it achieved its goal of bringing the change, change of reform, change of regime. Lievrouw points out that geeks do not protest through technology, they protest with it.  Here are some […]

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Re-Reverse Jamming

February 16, 2014

Often the activist jammers have embarrassed corporates by telling the world what they are doing wrong. However here is an example of how two women activists decided to put the brand Victoria’s Secret in the limelight of being a forward thinking and socially responsible organization. The two feminist activists from Balitmore, Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle […]

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Stop Spying!

February 12, 2014

On 11 February 2014, a large number of websites joined a protest against mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The campaign, labelled “The Day We Fight Back”, was lead by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and aimed at pressuring lawmakers to end the mass surveillance, in the US and rest of the […]

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Subvertising – mimicking the brand circus

February 3, 2014

Information age has challenged traditional one-way communication of mass media into a multi-directional rhetoric. However, the concept of physically altering the messages on bill boards which shout at you and psychologically nag you into buying products and services have existed since the Dadaist and Situationist movements. This style of activism maybe termed traditionally as vandalism […]

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New Media Activism in Greece

February 2, 2014

by Absent This morning we discovered an inspiring documentary concentrated around and criticizing thematic issues like lack of democracy, hegemony in politics (both local and within the EU) and traditional media. The Wake Up Call is a short documentary on culture jamming directed by Kostas Kallergis  following the political street art that has sprung in […]

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