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Comedian Josie Long joins the Mutiny…

our type of woman!

Comedian Jose Long will join the Mutiny a week today for The Media on Trial to discuss the excesses of the national press and the uses of alternative publications for activists. Mutiny has today announced the final programme for the event at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green which includes the author and Gramsci expert Mike Wayne.

Tickets are already on sale HERE.

An onlooker said: “Jose is seriously funny and doesn’t shy away from brilliant social observation in her act. The night is likely to ascend into debates, incitement and general rioting.”

The evening of political discussion and entertainment will begin at 6pm with a round of the hugely popular Mutiny speed debating this time hosted by activist and general troublemaker Deborah Grayson.

This will be followed by 45 minutes of debate about the mass media – starting with Britain’s first ever public Daily Mail Song sing-a-long.

Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent giving a first hand account of how the tabloids tried to tear her family apart. Tauqir ‘Tox’ Sharif, a suvivor of the Gaza Flotilla – which was attacked by the Israeli Defence Force with the death of nine activists – will talk about the military’s media blackout operation.

Hegemony will be the focus of the second session from 8pm – how the media fits into civil society more generally and the level of impact broadcast and the printed press generally has on the common sense ideas people internalise. Rupert Murdoch, owner of News International will open the discussion by revealing how his media outlets – The Sun, The Times, The News of the World, Fox – tried and failed to turn public opinion around the world in favour of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (via the magic of YouTube).

Mike Wane, the author of Marxism and Media: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends, will discuss hegemony with Counterfire editor and leading YouTube activist Ady Cousins. The audience

The third and final session will be hosted by the rising feminist star and New Statesman blogger Laurie Penny from 9pm. Among the areas for discussion will be how left bloggers can work more closely to begin to shift public opinion on issues including climate change and immigration. She will be joined by Guy Taylor of Globalise Resistance fame who will discuss the media portrayal of the anti-capitalist movement.

Guy Smallman, the radical photojournalist, will give insight into covering Afghanistan for the Financial Times. The whole event will be compared by Brendan Montague, author of The Sauce. There will be art instillations and a series of films compiled by Ady – who has achieved more than two million views on his YouTube channel.

But the most important element of the audience – as always – is the audience. Everyone is welcome to join the Mutiny table to debate the media, hegemony and the way forward. There is still time to submit media themed music requests, film clips, art and contributions via jointhemutiny@gmail.com. And if you have an event or protest coming up, send us your flyers and we’ll include them in our famous activist goody bags.

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14 July, 2010 17:40

Comedian Josie Long will join the Mutiny a week today for The Media on Trial to discuss the excesses of the national press and the uses of alternative publications for activists.

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Mutiny has today announced the final programme for the event at the

which includes the author and Gramsci expert Mike Wayne. Tickets are already on sale.

An onlooker said: “Jose is seriously funny and doesn’t shy away from brilliant social observation in her act. The night is likely to ascend into debates, incitement and general rioting.”

The evening of political discussion and entertainment will begin at 6pm with a round of the hugely popular Mutiny speed debating this time hosted by activist and general troublemaker Deborah Grayson.

This will be followed by 45 minutes of debate about the mass media – starting with Britain’s first ever public sing-a-long. Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent giving a first hand account of how the tabloids tried to tear her family apart.

Tauqir ‘Tox’ Sharif, a suvivor of the Gaza Flotilla – which was attacked by the Israeli Defence Force with the death of nine activists – will talk about the military’s media blackout operation.

Hegemony will be the focus of the second session from 8pm – how the media fits into civil society more generally and the level of impact broadcast and the printed press generally has on the common sense ideas people internalise.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of News International will open the discussion by revealing how his media outlets – The Sun, The Times, The News of the World, Fox – tried and failed to turn public opinion around the world in favour of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (via the magic of YouTube).

Mike Wayne, the author of Marxism and Media: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends, will discuss hegemony with Counterfire editor and leading YouTube activist Ady Cousins.

The audience
The third and final session will be hosted by the rising feminist star and New Statesman blogger Laurie Penny from 9pm. Among the areas for discussion will be how left bloggers can work more closely to begin to shift public opinion on issues including climate change and immigration.

She will be joined by Guy Taylor of Globalise Resistance fame who will discuss the media portrayal of the anti-capitalist movement. Guy Smallman, the radical photojournalist, will give insight into covering Afghanistan for the Financial Times.

The whole event will be compared by Brendan Montague, author of The Sauce. There will be art instillations and a series of films compiled by Ady – who has achieved more than two million views on his YouTube channel.

But the most important element of the audience – as always – is the audience. Everyone is welcome to join the Mutiny table to debate the media, hegemony and the way forward. There is still time to submit media themed music requests, film clips, art and contributions via news.

And if you have an event or protest coming up, send us your flyers and we’ll include them in our famous activist goody bags.

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The Media on Trial

Rupert Murdoch and his fellow media barons will be put on trial at the next Mutiny event at the Resistance Gallery in London’s Bethnal Green – which is taking place from 6pm on July 21.

The media played an opportunist and pernicious role in the election – as discussed at Democracy on Trial – by first attacking Nick Clegg because it had little power over him and then lauding him when the coalition government was formed.

Now the tabloid press has become the chief cheerleader as the Conservative led government outlines more than £6 billion in cuts in public services – insisting that paying back the national debt right now is the only option for this country.

The newspapers are acting only in the interest of a few select men – their owners. With a few exceptions the British print media is in the hands of five private owners while broadcast organisations are riddled with patronage and nepotism.


So how did this come to pass? Can we blame Margaret Thatcher and her decision to force the monopolies commission to allow Murdoch to own four national titles? Or is the media’s role more structural – part of a civic society wedded to power?

A host of journalists from around the world have already been invited to Mutiny. Now we need activists, artists, authors and academics – in fact anyone with a view on the British media – to join the mutiny!

If you would like to perform, speak, attend, submit art, design, photography or film email news@the-sauce.org or attend today’s Mutiny organising meeting at 7pm in the bar of the Institute of Education near Russell Square in London (probably on the roof).

Read about  and watch previous events HERE

Join the Google Group for involvement HERE

On Twitter here.

…the Facebook Group HERE

…and make suggestions as a comment anywhere on this blog and we will try to incorporate them

Looking forward to it.

We are looking for artwork, musicians, poets, visual artists, films, speakers and, of course, participants for the evening.

Join the team or send us any ideas & suggestions by emailing us at jointhemutiny@gmail.com


More info on how to get involved coming soon.

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