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Digital Democracy, Kathryn Larsen May 2008

Digital Democracy, Kathryn Larsen

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Examines if the accessibility of more affordable digital production equipment and desktop video editing systems has democratized the quantity and quality of independent documentaries submitted to PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) stations for broadcast. Includes data gathered from surveys and interviews with PBS program and production personnel, independent filmmakers, and public television program distributors. Explores the relationship between the concept of radical democracy and public broadcasting of local productions.


Are They For Real? Activism And Ironic Identities, Amber Day Jan 2008

Are They For Real? Activism And Ironic Identities, Amber Day

English and Cultural Studies Journal Articles

A new breed of political activist has begun to appear on the streets and in the news. They are no longer trying to out-shout their opponents, but are agreeing with them instead, enthusiastically taking their adversary’s position to exaggerated extremes. It is a practice here termed “identity-nabbing,” in which participants pretend to be someone they are not, appearing in public as exaggerated caricatures of their opponents or ambiguously co-opting some of their power. This paper focuses on three groups in particular: The Billionaires for Bush, Reverend Billy, and the Yes Men. Each group stages elaborate, ironically humorous stunts as ...


The Social Costs Of Property Rights In Broadcast (And Cable) Signals, Shyamkrishna Balganesh Jan 2008

The Social Costs Of Property Rights In Broadcast (And Cable) Signals, Shyamkrishna Balganesh

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

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