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New Media We Recommend

June 7, 2011

Below is a list of new materials that we have read/watched in recent weeks. The comments are not a “review” of the material, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these items are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.

Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, by Will Potter – What movement in the US is the most targeted for what the US government labels “domestic terrorism?” Answer: environmental and animal rights activists. Now, we don’t mean that all environmentalists and animal rights activists are on an FBI list, but the more radical members of those two movements are the primary targets of US government repression. Green is the New Red is an amazing read that should be a wake up call for anyone concerned about government repression. Potter himself targeted by the FBI provides us with important details and cogent analysis of how the US government has been targeting people who are involved with either the Earth Liberation Front or the Animal Liberation Front. The author also raises important questions about how the US government defines terrorism and how it applies such an interpretation as a mechanism for state repression.

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, by Mark Hertsgaard – Long-time investigative reporter Mark Hertsgaard is now a father and this reality has forced him to come to terms with the question: what will the world be like in the future for my daughter? The author is specifically addressing the issue of global warming and attempting to come to terms with what kind of a world he and the current generation will do to prevent catastrophic consequences. Hertsgaard weaves stories of his daughter, communities confronted with global warming and scientific data to present both an urgent and well thought out analysis about the seriousness of global warming. You don’t need to be a parent to feel a sense of urgency, but Hertsgaard does a fine job of translating his parental anxieties into meaningful discourse on the most pressing issue facing humanity.

Anti-Capitalism, by Ezequiel Adamovsky – This book is a cross between a zine and a comic book. However, don’t think it is short on good analysis. Anti-Capitalism provides readers with important foundations for both understanding what capitalism is and the various historical responses to the dominant economic system that cripples the world. What makes the book such a delight to read are the accompanying illustrations provided by the Argentine art collective known as Ilustradores Unidos. This book first appeared in Spanish and was recently translated into English. Anti-Capitalism is an important resource and would be a useful tool for popular education groups wanting to critique capitalism and dismantle it.

Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said/Edward Said: The Last Interview (DVD) – This two-DVD collection provides amazing insight into the life and work of the great Palestinian intellectual Edward Said. Out of Place is sort of a memoire of the life of Edward Said. The first documentary looks at the life and work of this amazing writer, with rare footage of Said that also includes comments from close friends and colleagues. The second DVD is the last interview conducted with Said before leukemia took his life in 2003. It was filmed over three days and includes his comments on his illness, his work and the passions of his life, particularly the fate of Palestine. Both films are an incredible tribute to one of the best intellectuals of the last half-century.

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  1. June 9, 2011 3:25 pm

    Thanks for this list! I’ll be checking all of these out!

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