Progressive culture quick hits

There have been a lot of interesting stories running across the wires in the world of progressive culture this week.  Unfortunately I don't have time to really analyze each of them in-depth, but I thought I'd point them out here:


  • Michael Wolff profiles Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal, in Vanity Fair. As such, he is a constant thorn in the side of progressives, and this is a valuable look behind the scenes.

  • David Moberg has a great piece on Working America in The Nation.  Working America is the AFL-CIO's "community affiliate".  Essentially it's a large (2.5-million-member) list of non-union members who sympathize with the union's position on a number of bread-and-butter issues, and it gives the union the ability to extend its electoral might outside the boundaries of its membership.  What's more, Working America has also started enlisting its members in support of labor organzing drives, picket lines, and the like.

  • Over at Build the Echo, Tracy van Slyke talks about digg moving to the left, and progressive new media activism inspired by The Young Turks. Progressive media creators, especially vloggers and podcasters: read this post!  Disclosure: van Slyke's organization, The Media Consortium, is a client of my company.

  • Again at Build the Echo, Jessica Clark highlights this great video (another good example of progressive new media activism) about Obama's Challenge:



        That Amazon discount code, again, is: RGVTUIQY.  You can also buy the book at Powells.

  • Global Labor Strategies has a challenging, thought-provoking post about the big-picture problems facing the labor movement, both in the US and abroad.  They argue that service sector organizing and EFCA won't cut it, given the ways corporations are reorganizing globally.  It's a fascinating piece, and well worth consideration.

  • The UFT announces the opening of a labor-friendly charter school in New York City, by Green Dot Public Schools.  Given the way charter schools often pit public education advocates against teachers unions, and especially in light of all the hey made about the tiff between the DC city council and DC teachers' unions, I think this is an important development.  It's not a revolutionary one - Green Dot operates a number of schools in LA already - but something we should be keeping an eye on nonetheless.  It is one more bit of evidence that these two progressive cultural institutions don't need to be at odds.



... and I'm sure there's plenty more out there.  If there's anything I missed, feel free to drop it in the comments!  I've got a YouTube video to post on Facebook...

Update: Earlier I made the mistake of saying the Vanity Fair profile was of Roger Ailes, when in fact it is of Rupert Murdoch. Sorry about the slip up! Interestingly, one of the choice bits from that profile is that Murdoch said he initially liked Ailes because Ailes was more Murdoch than Murdoch himself, or something like that.

Tags: AFL-CIO, charter schools, Digg, Education, Fox News, Green Dot, labor movement, Media, The Young Turks, Wall Street Journal, Working America (all tags)

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Re: Progressive culture quick hits

Just a quite comment on Digg. Its getting ridiculous. Every liberal--and not just liberal but FAR FAR LEFT liberal--blog entry seems like its being Dugg. Not just the good ones, but all of them, even the tin-foil-smear jobs.

by bigdaddy 2008-09-06 02:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Progressive culture quick hits

That may be - I don't hang out on digg very much.  I tend to use delicious instead, and even then I use it more to organize my own bookmarks than to see what people are following.  But taking a look at the front page today, and at the 2008 elections page, most of the stories seem reasonably interesting and useful.  The front page stories I see now are:

Speed Boat Bail OUT! Cool Video!
CIA, FBI push 'Facebook for spies'
Feds Warn Climate Change Could Harm Giant Sequoias
What to Expect From Google in The Next 10 Years
The Duchovny Files: Treating Sexual Addictions
Cool animation: (2867) Steins getting closer (Gif)
Catching Crooks With Salt
RDFa goes to W3C Proposed Recommendation
The Giant Building Printer Robot
Map Shows How Long Until Your House Price Recovers [pic]
Comcast Sues to Overturn FCC 'Net Neutrality' Order
Turning cancer cells into a work of art
Rattling labrador dog ate 13 golf balls
NFL's cycle of violence keeps spinning.
Women pick Men who look like Dad

And the 2008 election stories:

The Best Daily Show Episode Ever?
McCain's Lies
Two Great TV ads for Obama going on the air
Palin's Speech Didn't Move Undecided or Democratic Women
McCain operatives stole American Flags for a political stunt
Jon Stewart Obliterates McCain's Acceptance Speech
Obama Takes First Direct Shot At Palin
Obama vs. McCain: Taxing and Spending
New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready
"Reformer" Palin Accepted Donations From Indicted Alaska Oil
McCain Operatives Trying to Derail Palin Investigation
In July, McCain Promised His VP Would Appear On Larry King
Sarah Palin `affair': big media stays quiet as `lover' named
Hockey moms vs Soccer moms
COOL: Words Cloud-diagram for Democrats and RepublicansThe Best Daily Show Episode Ever?
McCain's Lies
Two Great TV ads for Obama going on the air
Palin's Speech Didn't Move Undecided or Democratic Women
McCain operatives stole American Flags for a political stunt
Jon Stewart Obliterates McCain's Acceptance Speech
Obama Takes First Direct Shot At Palin
Obama vs. McCain: Taxing and Spending
New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready
"Reformer" Palin Accepted Donations From Indicted Alaska Oil
McCain Operatives Trying to Derail Palin Investigation
In July, McCain Promised His VP Would Appear On Larry King
Sarah Palin `affair': big media stays quiet as `lover' named
Hockey moms vs Soccer moms
COOL: Words Cloud-diagram for Democrats and Republicans

... Definitely some junk in there, but on the whole nothing all that whacky.  It looks like the kind of place frequented by liberal technologists.  Then again, maybe a Sunday morning sample isn't all that representative?

by Shai Sachs 2008-09-07 03:08AM | 0 recs
Re: the union friendly school

It must also be learner friendly.  That is, instead of basing accountability on boring, out dated standardized tests, the assessment system must support best teaching practices.  Thus, if the school doesn't promote performances, portfolios and exhibitions---now widely recognized by progressive educators as the best way to sustain active engaged learning---then it's just going to be another corporate school.

by neaguy 2008-09-06 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: the union friendly school

Interesting points.  I don't know much about how Green Dot is run.  Their "School Model" page (http://www.greendot.org/school_model) sounds like it is sort of in line with the kinds of things you're talking about, but it's not entirely clear.  I'd certainly be interested to hear more about your thoughts on progressive education, though.  Any good blogs I should follow?

by Shai Sachs 2008-09-07 03:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Progressive culture quick hits

Roger Ailes is the President of Faux news, Faux is owned by Rupert Murdoch.

by rduckham 2008-09-06 10:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Progressive culture quick hits

Right you are!  And thanks also to Vico below for the correction.  I've changed the text above accordingly.  Sorry about that!

by Shai Sachs 2008-09-07 03:00AM | 0 recs
Roger Ailes

He does not own Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal.

by Vico 2008-09-06 10:46PM | 0 recs

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