E Waste

Created: 22 Jul 2008

The winning entry for the environment category in this year’s Media that Matters Film Festival was a short animated film about the dangers of electronic waste. And what consumers can do to help the problem. I'm not sure if I find it effective or annoying. You ...

Home Invasion as Art

Created: 26 Jun 2008

For the past four years, Critical Art Ensemble's Steve Kurtz has been a martyr in the world of activist art, the victim of overzealous FBI investigatory impropriety. The case against him was utterly absurd, Kafka-esque even. Thankfully,though, the judge saw reason this month and his case was ...

John Pilger – Freedom Next Time

Created: 19 Jun 2008

This is great speech by journalist John Pilger on the powers and dangers of corporate media. I think what's most interesting about it is that he breaks from the Left/Right dialectic that plagues social change movements and takes liberalism to task for some of its crimes. The liberal Clinton ...

Loss Aversion, Greenpeace, and Health

Created: 29 Apr 2008

Here's a pattern of tactics I realized have something in common. They all work by presenting a threat. Loss aversion, as it can be called, can be more motivating - using the stick instead of the carrot. ## Example 1 From Greenpeace:## The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic ...