Russell Brand’s Revolution

When reviewing Revolution, by British comedian turned revolutionary Russell Brand, many fair-minded critics have allowed their writing to degenerate into ad hominems, portraying Brand as naive, hypocritical, or worse. Hadley Freeman for one should have her line, “all credit to the man for making politics seem sexy to teenagers,” carved in gold letters in a backhanded compliments hall of fame somewhere.

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Kayaks, Canoes And Cops: Blockading The World’s Largest Coal-Export Terminal

By Christian Tym, @christian_tym

On the morning of Friday 17 October, at Horseshoe Beach on the harbor of Newcastle, Australia, an extraordinary bunch had gathered. There were professional activists, dreadlocked nomads, curious locals, a handful of cops, and many well-off middle-aged folks concerned about the world they would bequeath to their grandchildren. Continue reading

Why Ecuador? Change The Media, Change The World (Part 1)

Pichincha Volcano looms over Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Pichincha Volcano looms over Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Part 1: The Three Greatest Disasters of Our Time

In the first part of this two-part series, ImportantCool explains why the corporate media aided and abetted the invasion of Iraq, the financial crisis, and fossil-fueled global warming; and why we’ve looked to Ecuador as our headquarters in our quest to change the media and change the world.

This is a story of hope, but to tell it we need to start with the three biggest disasters of our time. When I say “our”, I’m referring to you, me, and the rest of the English-speaking world. Let’s not make the mistake of tacitly assuming that America or Britain speaks for the entire so-called “international community”. Continue reading

Why Ecuador? Change The Media, Change The World (Part 2)

Corporate Media vs People’s Government

In Part 1, we discussed the corporate media’s interest in profitable disasters, before explaining how the Ecuadorian people have managed to throw off the yoke of the 1 Percent. In Part 2, we’re going to break down Ecuadorian people government’s ongoing battle with the corporate media in its own country and in the United States, as well as drawing some lessons from Ecuador’s efforts to change the media.

When Ecuador brought a people’s government to power in 2007, it became the ideal headquarters for ImportantCool. Yet all throughout the Ecuadorian government’s years of success in improving the basic standards of living of its people, it has been locked in a political battle with its own domestic and international corporate media. Ecuador’s recent history shows us not only why we need to change the media, but some of the ways that we can do it. Continue reading