Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg on Bradley Manning

“I’m here to celebrate an American hero, and a hero of the first amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of thought. And Bradley Manning has really stood for that all his life. In a way he’s been an outlier for a long time and I admire him for that.” -Daniel Ellsberg Daniel…

Sports: Just a distraction from things that matter?

Now there are other media too whose basic social role is quite different: it’s diversion. There’s the real mass media–the kinds that are aimed at, you know, Joe Six Pack–that kind. The purpose of those media is just to dull people’s brains. This is an oversimplification, but for the eighty percent or whatever they are,…

Does Super Bowl 2013 reveal a sick culture?

Dennis Trainor, Jr. points out that the Super Bowl is one of the last communal experiences we have. Last year, 71% of TV households watched the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, advertising–full of cars, beer, pizza and surgically enhanced women–is aimed only at the straight male demographic. No matter how sick and twisted the gladiator games may…

Inauguration Day: Obama 2.0

Mainstream media cameras will be directed solely at the Capitol, the Mall and the Inaugural Parade route today–sites of carefully coordinated pomp and circumstance. But there will be much more going on in Washington, DC on Inauguration Day besides tributes to power. And the citizen journalists of DC Media Group will be on the ground…

DC Media Group: Journalists working for you

If you’re interested in the events surrounding the 2013 Inauguration but don’t want to tune into Mainstream Media repetition of soundbites and paeans to pageantry, there’s an alternative for you. DC Media Group, a collective of independent online media sources, will be covering events and dissents of the 2013 Inaugural from a grassroots perspective–on the…