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12.02.05 : For What it's Worth...Part 2

With the strong response to our links and educational resources on corporate influence in our November 2005 edition, semantikon is pleased to offer the following additional resources for community members to further educate themselves on how corporate entities influence their everyday lives. Below, find additional links on media literacy, criticism and corporatism and what you can do about it.

Center for Media Literacy: Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible. Be sure to check out their 20 Important Reasons to Study the Media, also their media literacy resource guide, and finally, The Case For Media Literacy in Today’s Schools.

Noam Chomsky: Official web site of theorist, activist and citizen Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is most famous for his unequalled resistance to the use of american military might as well, the idea, "the manufacturing of consent."

Consumers Union: Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization serving only consumers. We are a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.

Establishing A Corporate Entity: Legalese version of corporate identity. Note the promotion
non-liable person.

Union of Concerned Scientist: UCS is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

Herbert Marcuse: Official web site for Frankfurt School Critical Theorist and author of One Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society. Includes full texts of his works.

November 2005...
Friday November 25th 2005 marks the U.S. day of national protest against unchecked corporate power, Buy Nothing Day, brain child of Canadian organization AdBusters, a media literacy think tank and corporate malfeasance watch group. A holiday from shopping, Buy Nothing Day is an international campaign organized to draw awareness to the oft ignored effects of unchecked consumerism and corporate influence celebrated on mega-retailers most holy of days, Black Friday. A day likely known to you in ways more practical-- the day after Thanksgiving; the day to avoid two lane SUV saturated mall traffic like the plague as the Christmas shopping season begins.

In support of Buy Nothing day, semantikon is pleased to present a citizens guide of links and resources useful to those who are would like to learn more about corporate influence on media, politics, privacy and identity.

Websites on Corporate Influence and Corporate Hacking (Culture Jamming): Official adbusters web site Companion site to fascinating documentary with tons of resources Campaign for commercial free childhood Culture jamming group developing projects to resist advertising saturation and corporate meme trade
corporate watch: Corporate Watch is a small independent not-for-profit research and publishing group which undertakes research on the social and environmental impact of large corporations, End corporate identity: Did you know corporations are persons?
dissident voice: older article on corporatism
Wiki on Culture Jamming: How to use media to subvert media consciousness
Wiki on Corporatism: Wikipedia citation on the corporate state
0100101110101101: Media artist group who "use non conventional communication tactics to obtain the largest visibility with the minimal effort." Past groups activities include ripping off the Holy see and spreading a computer virus as a work of art.

The Corporation: Companion site to engaging documentary by the same name Digital zine of culture jamming
The Big One: Michael Moore on Mergers
I Heart Huckabees: How to live with everything and nothing
Wall Street: Oliver Stone Film during Reagan era corporate expansionism
Adbusters Buy Nothing Day Commercials: Section devoted to Buy Nothing day campaigns
Semantikon Feature Film: Whirl Mart

Must read Books on Globalization and Consumer Culture
(search your favorite independent booksellers)

• Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge--And Why We Must by Kalle Lasn
• No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs by Naomi Klein
• Freedom of Expression (R) : Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity
by Kembrew McLeod
• When Corporations Rule the World by David C Korton
• Media Control : The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, Noam Chomsky
• Selling Words: Free Speech In Commercial Culture by George R. Wright
• The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
• Industrial Park by Patricia Galvao
• The Undiscovered Self Carl Jung
• The Crap Artist Philips K Dick

Suggest your link or book on coporatism and globalization!
Please e-mail our editor with your link, book or movie and we'll keep this list going...

Lance Oditt
editor at semantikon dot com