Two Critical Documentaries - Comparing the Films "Sonic Outlaws" and "Manufacturing Consent"
"Who can is responsible for these problems? and how can I express my nearly adolescent tendency toward instigation in addressing these problems?"
"Well, Negativeland, these problems are the result of corporate imperialist practices, and you can express those tendencies and address these problems with your art."
Negativeland is the primary subject of Craig Baldwin's documentary video, "Sonic Outlaws". Along with Negativeland "Sonic Outlaws" looks at media practitioners such as E.B.N. (Emergency Broadcast Network), The Barbie Liberation Organization (B.L.O.), whose art begins with the raw materials of appropriated mass media. Generally, the purpose of these forms is to subvert the intentions of advertising, and other media by drawing attention to the various social problems they overlook or create. Baldwin's documentary represents these groups as heroic culture-jammers. Culture-jamming, generally, is a practice used by artists and activists, which consists of high-jacking the forms and imagery of mass media, images familiar to vast audiences, and using them to counter-act social, economic and political injustices the mass media maintains. …
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