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Culture Jamming

In the Alternative Media Handbook, Chapter 10 (pgs. 162-177) discusses the topic of Culture Jamming. “Culture Jamming is reworking media images and forms to make a political or cultural statement.”After reading I searched for some of the culture jamming examples  mentioned in the book and then I looked for culture jamming not mentioned in the book.

In the book their is mention of a sweater which says “Bush is a Turkey.” After reading I went ahead and went to the website it was on and I found many other political sweaters on there as well.                                                                                                        Here it is: http://www.stealthissweater.com/

Alternative Media Handbook also mentions an British graphiti artist who does  combination of political and culture images named Banksy.  Check the images out at http://www.banksy.co.uk/ they are very interesting.

The Yes Men are also featured in this chapter. The Yes Men were a group of “culture jamming activists” who pretended to be spokespeople for companies, making mock/spoof websites of corporate and governmental organizations websites. There has been a film about it. If you want to read more about them go here: http://theyesmen.org/

An example of culture jamming could be anti-advertisements: Here are a few anti-advertisements I found

http://www.woostercollective.com/2006/09/14/societygets.jpg

http://www.craphound.com/images/ipodantiad.jpg

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mags/qf/c/PopularScience/7-1933/med_camel_fooled.jpg

Enjoy!

-Brittany

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