Tite mixtape in this week’s issue by the 1 and only Mike Kaminsky, ft. RL Kelly, Sheer Mag, Julie Ruin & more
"'But OMG it was just a celebration of feminist progress LOL!' No. What this event has done, what events like this will continue doing, is turn an arduous battle against systemic oppression into yet another way to make money. By making Chanel into the public face of feminism, we risk losing sight of an entire history of civil rights wherein women of all races, creeds, and sizes have long suffered, fought, and given their lives. LOL."
"At camp, as well as at school, no mention of Palestinians was ever made. We did not talk about it, but the enemy was implicit in our every mention of Israel. Behind every am yisrael chai (a daily prayer meaning ‘the nation of Israel lives’) was the implicit knowledge that am yisrael could only live if Palestinians and those non-chosen were removed from the land. The more the iterations of collective positivity towards Israel were mentioned, the more implicit the natural aversion towards a barely spoken of enemy was assumed.
This particular brand of programming, of overly focusing on the positive, has had a very insidious and difficult-to-detect effect on its victims, who are now unable to comprehend the brutality of the Gaza massacre, and who whittle away at their collective consciousness to try and find answers. A sentiment I see expressed by people I went to high school with is one of support for Israel, one that fails to mention this inherent support of institutionalized genocide… (Though increasingly, by keeping tabs on Twitter and other sources of citizen-produced journalism, I’m realizing that the word on the ground is increasingly hateful towards the Palestinian people. This outward display is much more new to me, yet I sadly believe it to be a more honest iteration of the same sugarcoated ideology that I was raised with.)"
"We must say no to this colonial project. To say no we must find desire. Desire is not simply something you want. Desire is something you feel so strongly about that it eats you."
~ victoria from downtown boys at silent barn last night going in on gentrification, brooklyn, and things that generally need to be articulated // full video in issue 44 of fvckthemedia
ways 2 stay cool by colleen green in issue 43 of the media
"When I look at how the world is governed today and who pulls the strings, I want to get radical. I totally want to get radical. This is not good. It’s not normal. It’s amoral. They should not being doing that. We are being ripped off, Brad! The world is literally at war, like I say in my song ‘Oscuridad’…"
— Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab in conversation with Bradford Cox for issue 34.
Colleen Green wrote + drew the comic in the latest issue of The Media. It’s pretty great, you should go check it out.
Ello premises itself on a clean presentation: basic, beautiful, and ad-free. There’s a dangerous conflation, however, made here between aesthetic minimalism and political merit — namely that just because something appears clean, just because it looks, feels and is perceived as pure, then it can’t possibly be tainted by corporate interests. Ello claims to hate ads because they are “tacky” and because “they insult your intelligence.” I would agree, except that I also believe in the value of tacky and stupid things, and believe, also, that deceptive things are worse than tacky ones.
— from “ELLO IS NOT THE ANSWER,” Chris Lee’s op-ed on Ello, calling into question its diy-posturing, venture capital backing, and (probable) evilness as a ‘stealth mode startup,’ in issue 43 of “The Media”
ICYMI: Issue 42 is our all-ages issue, entirely assigned, edited, written, illustrated, and photographed by a very inspiring group of teenagers.
a note on this week’s issue of “The Media”
last december the media held an open editorial meeting at the all-ages venue that liz now lives at, the silent barn. at that meeting we met jacob weingast, a 16-year-old from the suburbs of nyc. he happened upon the meeting by chance, and mostly was at the barn to see marissa paternoster’s set later on.
weeks after the meeting we received some emails with story pitches from jacob and other high school students who were at the meeting. they were smart and thoughtful. the media had featured contributions from high school age writers before. in general, we are perpetually impressed by how critical and socially-conscious so many of the teenagers we meet today are. we’re pretty sure it has a lot to do with the internet and tumblr and we think that is cool and inspiring.
fast forward to april and jacob pitches us the idea for an issue written completely by teenagers. it was a great idea so naturally we said yes. we were in touch for the past few months about the issue (largely compiled over summer vacation, awesome) but for the most part everything was curated by jacob, who assured us that to keep the issue inclusive he would make sure it only featured one other “straight cis white guy contributing.” that email has stuck with us because we definitely did not know what the word “cis” meant until around age 23.
we are super impressed by how this issue turned out. some of the issue is specifically related to “all ages” issues — there is an essay on the value of all ages shows by jaclyn walsh, an interview with a 16-year-old show booker/bassist from the DC area named ray brown. other pieces aren’t specifically focused on age-related issue, but are just cool pieces that happened to be written by teens. there are some amazing teenage artists featured, like the entire mixtape of teen bands, a video of girlpool from L.A., and drawings by liana helene (a/k/a the very talented liana’s fire, who has written for the media in the past. fun fact: we met at a rookie meet up in boston!)
to reiterate, folks of all ages are always welcome to write for every issue of the media. but an all-ages issue seemed like a good idea, a good place to specifically publish some pieces directly related to the value of all-ages shows, today’s unique teenage experiences, etc.there were a lot of good stories we wanted to include but it didn’t work out schedule-wise, so in the next few months the media will start publishing some sort of sporadic recurring youth-penned column focused on all-ages/teen-culture things.
young people are just as smart, articulate, and on-point in their ideas as any other writers. the idea that a person needs to wait until they are in their 20s or 30s to start having their voice heard is a very bizarre notion that needs to be destroyed.
*all teenagers* please pitch us anytime!
<3 liz & faye
We must look at Ferguson as another battle of resistance to make People of Color relevant to the redistribution of power in the United States.
The 13th Amendment was a work in progress from when the first person was abducted from Africa and deposited as property, and not as a person, in the eyes of the United States of America. The implementation of the 13th amendment to end slavery is still in process.
We need to recognize the difference between a true end to slavery and the mutations of slavery that we currently live in.
The creation of capital through the killing of the Black body became slavery. During Reconstruction, a sense of solidarity grew between “freed” Black people and poor White people. Jim Crow made segregation laws to enforce that even the poorest White person was still not Black in the eyes of the U.S.A.
The rise of mass incarceration has been driven by the same mechanism that drove slavery — the creation of capital through racism.