Finn Brunton, “Mimeographs and Telephone Trees: How to Make a Revolution With Dead Media”


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  • Speaker: Finn Brunton, Professor, School of Information
  • Host Department: Port Huron Statement
  • Date: 09/20/2012
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

  • Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

  • Description:

    In this wide-ranging talk, Prof. Brunton will discuss the particular roles played by media technologies in the American New Left, as well as in radical movements abroad. From pirate radio stations in Italian cemeteries to samizdat cassette tapes behind the Iron Curtain, a larger narrative of the democratization of media forms and their complex relationships with power will frame a study of the technologies and techniques of American student activism. Particular case studies of publication, organization, and display, rooted in the concrete realities of their time, will contrast with events like the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring today.