Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Infiltrating the Underground: The Corporatization of Radical Culture

This Paper Tiger Television production was created in collaboration with author and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore. The show takes a look at how corporations are chipping away at democracy and personal integrity by copying the style and techniques of alternative culture. The program examines how and why anti-corporate culture and independent media have been co-opted by corporate advertising and their profit-making agenda, examining instances where the government and big business collude to silence independent voicesand concerns for social justice. Moore explains what happens when the underground becomes just another market and the implications for a democracy founded on the ideals of access to a diversity of ideas and perspectives. It also provides insight as to why underground culture willingly participates and what independent artists and media makers can do about it. Paper Tiger Televisions 27-year history of provocative independent television and Moores 23 years of independent print publishing combine in this compelling look at cultural production and economic censorship in this age of rampant branding.

1 comment:

Angela said...

Nice job! I was especially intrigued by your attention to USPS changes 1996 to favor corporate interests. I'll never look at postage stamps the same way again.

This piece makes me reflect on the way the underground culture on the internet has followed the same pattern of the DIY culture of the 90s. I remember, ten years ago, being able to publish and manage an online zine/discussion with folks I met on the internet. It was all so exciting and production-oriented, patching together html and our little rants and raves.

It seems now that most folks (myself included, I admit) use social networking online for dating or keeping in touch - basic communication. But as each site becomes riddled with weight loss ads and other tell tale signs of corporatization, I wonder where the next haven for uncensored expression lies as 2009 shall emerge?