Jamming the Media: ResourcesIn my book, I identify a number of "apex publications" for each medium covered. Apex publications are the ones at the top of the information pyramid. They summarize their subject in a potent way and/or link you to the best resources in the field. Jamming attempts to be an apex publication for all forms of DIY media. Here are some of the best resources listed in the book. [This list was updated on June 6, 2001, so the URLs should be current, at least to that date.]
GeneralDIY Search A Web index of indie media: zines, e-zines, web sites, music, small businesses, etc.
Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of Signs Mark Dery, Open Magazine Pamphlet Series, PO Box 2726, Westfield, NJ 07091 ($4 plus $1 shipping) Cultural critic Mark Dery's concise, lucid, and entertaining survey of today's more noteworthy media hoaxters, "subvertisers," billboard bandits, posterers, and fringe media-makers on the Net. This pamphlet has become a sort of culture jammer's manifesto.
Disinformation Think of Disinformation as the Yahoo! of the fringe/underground culture. They review and link to hundreds of sites covering conspiracy theories, paranoids, psychic tomfoolery, Nazism, UFOs, narcopolitics (illegal drugs, Prozac, tobacco, the CIA/cocaine connection), brainwashing, end of the world news, kook sciences, and just about anything else that's off the radar of the mainstream.
ZinesChip Rowe's Zine and E-zine Resource Guide
An awesome site with lots of material on zine and e-zine publishing.
Factsheet Five The website companion to the indispensable "guide to the zine publishing revolution." [Cobweb Site]
Small Publishing Co-Op
An amazing resource for basement musicians and teeny labels. Also contains the latest version of Simple Machine's An Introductory Mechanics Guide to Putting Out Records, Cassettes and CDs.
Kathode Ray Music
Disc-based MultimediaCD-ROM Information Center A major resource and link list to all aspects of CD-ROM technology and manufacture.
Eastgate Systems These folks were hypermedia way before the Web came along. They are still the best source for disk-based hypermedia and hypertext tools and products.
Public Access TV/Film/VideoAlliance for Community Media The Alliance for Community Media, the national organization for public access centers and PEG stations, uses its website to keep in touch with members/supporters, to raise public awareness on access issues and to sell books, tapes and magazines.
Free Speech TV FSTV offers a great example of what a public access organization can do with a website. FSTV has recently announced DIY-TV (Do It Yourself Television), its attempt at providing free access to multimedia publishing. It's making its server and bandwidth available at no charge to amateur videomakers who want to do RealVideo netcasts.
Paper Tiger Television/Deep Dish Paper Tiger is a public access TV show and activist organization that has offices in New York and San Francisco. The site has essays on the history, philosophy and working approach behind Paper Tiger, a few how-to articles and some resource listings. PTTV is also connected to Deep Dish, the first national public access satellite network that distributes grassroots TV programming to cable access stations, media arts centers and home satellite dish owners.
RES: The Magazine of Digital Filmmaking
Fringe Radio (pirate, shortwave, monitoring)Pirate Radio Central
Tons of news, how-tos, pirate chats, black books, and a massive fringe radio link list.
Free Radio Berkeley
Media Pranks and Art HacksAbrupt
A well-done site on culture jamming, radical theory and activism. Some cool fake ads, newspaper articles and flyers.
Adbusters The Canadian-based magazine and activist organization that critiques the media through essays and spoof advertising. Using these anti-ads (which they call "subvertising"), they make fun of cigarette , car, clothing and liquor ads and other forms of commercial propaganda.
Guerrilla Girls A group of women artists and arts professionals who make posters and pull pranks about discrimination. Think of them as feminist counterparts to Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger.
Happy Mutant Handbook: Mischievous Fun for Higher Primates Branwyn, Frauenfelder, Kreth, Sinclair, eds. Riverhead Books, 1995, 205 pages, $15 Shameless Plug Alert: I co-authored this book. Profiles of posterist Robbie Conal, media hoaxster Joey Skaggs, found footage filmmaker Craig Baldwin, the Cacophony Society, and The Billboard Liberation Front. "The Urban Absurdist Survival Kit" provides original artwork for stickers, coupons, and other signage that can be color photocopied and cut out.
Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia
Net Publishing and SociomediaThe Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier Howard Rheingold, HarperPerennial, 1994, 316 pgs, $13.00 Internet pioneer Howard Rheingold has always had an uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time and to record the experience in simple yet potent language. This indespensible book looks down The Well, his (and my) virtual home, the history of the Net and Usenet, fantasy worlds online (MUDs), IRC, virtual communities in Japan and France, the birth of the EFF, online activism and more.
Webmonkey Run by Wired Ventures (who publish the print magazine Wired and the web pubs HotWired and Wired News), Webmonkey offers advice and tutorials for Web publishers. It covers HTML, Java, and other deep geek aspects of the Web. One of the coolest things at Webmonkey is a tune-up page that checks your browsers and plug-ins and makes sure that you have all the latest versions and that everything is configured correctly.
John Labovitz's E-Zine-List This list is a directory of electronic zines around the world, accessible via the Web, Gopher, FTP, email, and other services. The list is updated approximately monthly and currently contains some 1,867 zines. [Cobweb Site]
Chip Rowe's Zine and E-zine Resource Guide Chip Rowe, editor of the ultra-cool print and ezine Chip's Closet Cleaner, maintains this zine/ezine introduction and starter kit. There are several useful articles on ezine publishing and oodles of links to essential resources. Linked information covers: creating an ezine, authoring software, publishing, and distribution. Includes a link to Submit It!, a one stop form page that allows you to register your Web zine with a number of the top Web indexes. If you're just venturing into the world of ezines, check this site out.
Alt.Zines newsgroup The main Usenet hangout for both print and ezine publishers. Participants post solicitations for material, announcements of new issue releases, tips, hard knocks, and zine gossip.
Alt.Ezines newsgroup Similar to the alt.zines group, but specifically focused on e-zines. Almost no traffic.
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