Seize The Memes of Production!

In the current Orwellian, TrumpistaniPost-BREXIT, Post-Truth, Post-Satire, Post-Apocalyptic socio-political cultural landscape, it is vital right now that we netizens of all backgrounds and persuasions engage in rational, truthful discussion with each other – as difficult as this can often be.

Humanity has been gifted the most awesome communications tool ever created, but thus far we have been using it mostly to share pictures of cats and other funny but pointless memes…

meme

/miːm/

noun

noun: meme; plural noun: memes
  1. 1.
    an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.
  2. 2.
    an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.

Memes (especially funny ones) are powerful.

The internet offered us all the ability to express ourselves with unprecedented nuance, which we were woefully underprepared for. This new technology has revealed an overwhelming plethora of beliefs, ideas and perspectives, challenging everything we thought we knew about the human condition.

Hence cat pics, trolls, meme wars and now, ‘Fake News’…the latest phase of the establishment resisting our rising consciousness.

The difficult conversations which need to happen right now are being made yet more difficult by the phenomenon of ‘ideological echo chambers’. Harmonious group of people developing tunnel vision by virtue of social media marketing algorithms. filterbubbles

Overall awareness suffers when people have a narrow information base. The longer we spend in our safe little bubbles reinforcing our beliefs about the nature of reality, the harder the conversations which we urgently need to have outside those bubbles become; the more entrenched and dogmatic we become in our beliefs and the more we resist engaging in anything but vitriolic expressions of fear and hatred towards those who would dare disagree with us.

As Adam Curtis puts it, people have come to thinking that the point of it all is to simply agree or disagree with things.  So, we either hide in our ‘safe spaces’, or argue with people who disagree with us, within prescribed parameters of a controlled debate.

Constantly.

Meanwhile, multiple apocalyptic, extinction level crises are still converging.

***If you’d rather keep your head in the sand, stop reading now***

 

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Alternative Media List

From the outrageous conspiraloonies on Above Top Secret, to the earth shatteringly credible revelations of Wikileaks… Independent Bloggers, Vloggers, Authors, Citizen Journalists, Researchers, Photographers, Film Makers, Philosophers, Politicians and Livestreamers.

Individuals and Organisations, working together to reclaim our reality from the corporatocracy!

This list is by no means comprehensive. Keep sending me recommendations, and I’ll keep routinely updating.

Cheers.

Last updated: 10-8-17

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Technical [List of Freeware for Digital Creatives]

UPDATED 20.5.17

For anybody that’s interested in what kit I’m using, or who just wants to find FREE tools to express themselves with.

I am immeasurably grateful to all the open source, freeware developers and communities for providing all the FREE tools I use.

Much respect to you all.

These days, I’m almost exclusively working on Linux Ubuntu.

Graphics

pixler

pixler is a FREE basic image editor that runs from your browser (no need to install).

 

mon

 

I’m mostly using GIMP at the moment.

GIMP is a much more powerful, FREE open source image editor.

 

1001 free fonts is an excellent resource, with over 30, 000 FREE custom fonts.
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Giphy is another cool tool which runs from your browser. I’ve just started using it to learn how to make .gifs (animated memes) . Which is much fun.

giphylogo

Video

I’m currently using kdenlive – which is FREE open source video editing software.

kdenlive

Previously, I was using a FREE month’s trial of camtasia, sadly that expired. Camtasia is excellent software, but unfortunately quite expensive to buy.

For sourcing, I refer mostly to wikimedia, the Prelinger archives, creative commons and of course, youtube.

I use the FREE 4k video downloader and YTD Video Downloader to rip video.

4kdownload

Sound/Music

I’ve mostly been using an ancient, FREE trial of Cubase SX since 2003, with a bunch of FREE open source plugs and softsynths. (should update really, recommendations welcome)!

I’m particularly fond of greenoaks’ FREE Crystal softsynth, which is awesome.

I like cooledit pro for any extreme finetuning/sound sculpture/design.

I know how to run logic, but I don’t like it very much.

For voice synthesis, I’ve been using from text to speech , which is a FREE service which runs from your browser. It creates mp3s which don’t sound too lovely, but are workable once beefed up a bit.

Livestreaming Video

I occasionally stream to my bambuser channel using the giffgaff network.
bambuser

£20 buys you one month of unlimited data on a giffgaff ‘pay as you go’ sim.

giffgaff offers FREE calls and texts to other giffgaff phones, so long as you top up once every three months.
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