Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

a qwriting.qc.cuny.edu blog

Material for the last blog posting deadline – 5/17

May 16th, 2011 · No Comments
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Re-posting this announcement so that no one misses it, and to add a couple more options.

You may write about any two items from the long list below:

NEWRecommended (video):  “Crosby Stills Nash Young – Teach Your Children – War Video,” YouTube (uploaded April 2008). I recently stumbled upon this video, a remarkable example of citizen journalism/DIY activism.  I welcome comments linking the video to the topic of “counter-hegemonic globalization,”  globalization of media or another relevant course topic.

NEWRecommended (video):  “CSNY – OHIO – Kent State Massacre Montage,” YouTube (part of the Global Insights Music Project 08-09). Another CSNY classic, this one is a hardcore protest song. The video includes documentary footage of the 1970 shooting of unarmed student protesters at Kent State by members of the Ohio National Guard.  Parallels with the recent Arab uprisings, where students were also central, might be worth exploring, e.g., similarities and differences in protest strategy/tactics, effectiveness, gov’t/military responses, etc.  Another interesting aspect of this piece is how one form of media inspired another, in a chain of repurposing and recycling: Neil Young was inspired to write the lyrics after seeing photos of the incident in Life magazine; then, these and other original images were used to create a video, which was then uploaded to YouTube, where I happened to find it, and now it’s here, on this blog (which itself is an example of new media & technology as a teaching tool).

Paul Mason on global youth protest, “Towards a Politics of Solidarity,” Opening Plenary, Left Forum, 3/18/2011.

“Dubstep Rebellion – The British Banlieue Comes to Millbank,” (Paul Mason) BBC Newsnight, 12/9/1010.

* Interview with Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, (“The Persuaders,” Frontline, 2004)

* “Meet the Yes Men, the Political Satirists Who Punked GE,” (Tina Dupuy) The Atlantic, 4/22/11.

Recommended: Ch. 54, “Counterhegemonic Globalization: Transnational Social Movements in the Contemporary Political Economy,” (Peter Evans) pp. 444-450.

Recommended: “Chevron’s $50 Million Ad Campaign Gets Crushed,” (The Yes Men) Yes Lab.  Read story and check out links. and “The Yes Men Fix the World” (2009) – 1) Play trailer 2) Read story (click “Story” in header)

Recommended: “France Will Not Repay Haiti Reparations,” The Lede Blog, New York Times, 7/15/2010. The Canadian-based group, Committee for the Reimbursement of the Indemnity Money Extorted from Haiti (C.R.I.M.E.), carries out a Yes Men-style prank on the French Foreign Ministry.

Recommended (video): “Revolution in Cairo,” PBS Frontline, March 2011. (24:56)

Recommended (video): “Deleuze’s Postscript on Societies of Control,” Liquid Theory TV, 2010.

Recommended (video): “Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News,” Democracy Now, 12/3/2010 (31 min)

Recommended (audio-stream): “Naomi Klein’s Critical Art,” On Point, NPR, 5/3/2010. Writer Naomi Klein talks about corporate marketing 10 years after No Logo, and politics in the age of “brand” Obama. (45 min)

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