Defined Lines: Blurred Lines Parody Goes Viral

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 11:20 am

You have likely heard a lot about Robin Thicke and his summer hit Blurred Lines. Famous for its funky bass line and for being “sort of rapey” – the song has been in headlines as of late for taking center stage at the MTV VMAs and being the subject of a copyright dispute with Marvin Gaye’s estate. The song has repeatedly been taken to task for its problematic lyrics and now a parody courtesy of Law Revue girls has hit YouTube that lyrically addresses what’s so wrong.


Gay Country Artist, Steve Grand, Takes YouTube by Storm

By: Tuesday July 9, 2013 5:00 pm

Summertime, whiskey, lust, longing, and rejection mark all the key ingredients of an unrequited summer love gone wrong. They also underlie the story behind the song and video for Steve Grand’s latest, and first, Youtube sensation “All American Boy”.

What makes the video “radical” is that Grand is an up-and-coming country artist who is unapologetic about the fact that he’s gay.

Video: Kevin Gosztola on the Left Forum Panel

By: Monday June 10, 2013 7:15 pm

Firedoglake’s Kevin Gosztola appeared on the Left Forum panel discussion concerning the National Security State. In this clip, Kevin talks about the historical importance of the Bradley Manning trial he is covering, the military’s attempts to muzzle the press in the case, and takes contention with the Army’s claim that Manning acted as an ‘agent’ of wikileaks. The panel was titled “A National Security State In and Out: History Will Not Be Kind” and was chaired by Debra Sweet.

Video: Kevin Gosztola Media Appearances, Week #1 of the Bradley Manning Trial

By: Saturday June 8, 2013 12:45 pm

In addition to his daily reporting on the trial, Kevin also made time to talk with various media outlets.

To Offset Disaster Relief, Curb the Drug War

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 5:40 pm

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) says federal aid to his home state after the tornado should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. We’ll see how well the ideological integrity holds up if offsets aren’t quickly found, but nevertheless, the question of how to fund disaster relief is increasingly urgent. It arose late last year when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast.

Though we cannot know whether man-made climate change was specifically responsible for either of those acts of nature, we do know federal spending to cope with extreme weather events has been rising. Indeed, from 2011 to 2013, the federal government has spent $136 billion on disaster relief.

It’s Time to Think Outside the Box

By: Sunday April 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Don’t you think it’s time to do something about the schools to prison pipeline?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Arun Chaudhary, First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time

By: Sunday September 30, 2012 1:59 pm

Arun Chaudhary was the man behind the camera when Barack Obama officially made Joe Biden his vice presidential running mate, capturing something that ultimately would be shared with thousands of supporters and the online world.

That was just one moment of Chaudhary’s experience documenting on film the historic Obama campaign as a member of the new media team, and later, as the first-ever White House videographer. He outlines those experiences in First Cameraman, Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time, an inside look at what happens behind the scenes in the White House.

New Fukushima Video Shows Disorganized Response, Organized Deception

By: Friday August 10, 2012 2:45 pm

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant when the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck last year, bowed to public and government pressure this week, releasing 150 hours of video recorded during the first days of the Fukushima crisis. Even with some faces obscured and two-thirds of the audio missing, the tapes clearly show a nuclear infrastructure wholly unprepared for the disaster, and an industry and government wholly determined to downplay that disaster’s severity.

Officers Offered to “Buy” Cell Phone Footage of Anaheim Police Brutality

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 12:55 pm

A local CBS News affiliate broadcast footage last night of a violent scene after a police shooting in Anaheim, California. As described by the anchors, “officers fired what appeared to be bean bags and unleashed a canine into a crowd of women and children.” They described video as being “disturbing.”

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