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New documentary: Infiltrating the Underground

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

December 1st, 2008

As long-time readers of this blog will remember from numerous posts here, WIMN’s Voices blogger Anne Elizabeth Moore’s book Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity offers one of the most important discussions you can find — anywhere — about the dangerous effects of commercialism over contemporary media, culture and life.

Now, Anne has teamed up with Paper Tiger TV to produce a documentary based on this groundbreaking book. Check out the film and, if you haven’t already, read the book.

What better time than “holiday shopping season” during a nation-wide economic freefall to seriously question the hyper-commercialized nature of public life?

The following press release comes to us from Paper Tiger and Moore:

PAPER TIGER TELEVISION PRESENTS
Infiltrating the Underground: The Corporatization of Underground Culture

December 1, 2008—Paper Tiger Television, in cooperation with author and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore, presents a new thirty-minute documentary, Infiltrating the Underground: The Corporatization of Underground Culture, to air Wednesday, December 10th at 3 and 11 p.m. on Brooklyn Community Access Television, and at 8 p.m. on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. This video collaboration will look at how big business is chipping away at democracy through underground cultures—and how underground cultures willingly participate.

The program will examine how and why anticorporate culture and independent media have been co-opted by corporate advertising and the profit-making agenda, examining instances where the government and big business collude to silence independent voices—and concerns for social justice. Copies of Infiltrating the Underground are available for purchase for classroom use or to air on local community access stations.

A follow-up to Moore’s 2007 New Press book, Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity, the video Infiltrating the Underground investigates what happens when the underground becomes just another market, and what independent artists and media makers can do about it. Paper Tiger Television’s 27-year history of provocative independent television and Anne Elizabeth Moore’s 23 years of independent print publishing combine in this compelling look at cultural production and economic censorship in this age of rampant branding.

Previews will be available soon on Paper Tiger’s blog.

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To order copies of Infiltrating the Underground, please contact Michael Pino at mike@papertiger.org or visit www.papertiger.org. To schedule an interview with Anne Elizabeth Moore, please contact her at aem@anneelizabethmoore.com or for more information visit www.anneelizabethmoore.com.

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