Category: Media

Why I’ll Never Buy a Kindle

Why I’ll Never Buy a Kindle

First published in Alternet November 17, 2009 Written by Benjamin Dangl A green crochet cover envelopes the Kindle of Eileen Messina in Freeport, Maine. She has downloaded a number of popular titles onto her reading device – one of many new handheld digital gadgets now available to read books. New Yorker reporter Nicholson Baker wrote…

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Next on the Endangered Species List: Your Hometown Newspaper

Next on the Endangered Species List: Your Hometown Newspaper

Written by Benjamin Dangl June 22, 2009 While reporting on various political events from Latin America in recent months I followed news from my hometown of Burlington, Vermont through the website of my weekly local paper, Seven Days. I kept track of Burlington politics online from La Paz when Bolivia passed its new constitution, watched…

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Abraham’s Last Rap: Bolivian Hip-Hop Hero Dies in El Alto

Abraham’s Last Rap: Bolivian Hip-Hop Hero Dies in El Alto

By Benjamin Dangl Sunday, 24 May 2009 En Español: El Último Rap de Abraham: Un Héroe del Hip-Hop Boliviano Falleció en El Alto El Alto-based hip-hop artist Abraham Bojorquez died early in the morning on Wednesday, May 20 in El Alto, Bolivia. He was killed when a bus hit him as he walking home. Abraham,…

City of Terror: Painting Paraguay’s ‘casbah’ as terror central

City of Terror: Painting Paraguay’s ‘casbah’ as terror central

Written by April Howard and Benjamin Dangl Wednesday, 17 October 2007 Source: EXTRA! Ciudad del Este, Paraguay When we arrived in Ciudad del Este, we were petrified. After all, we were in the Paraguayan city known in the American press as a “Jungle Hub for World’s Outlaws” (L.A. Times, 8/24/98), and a “hotbed” “teeming with…

Decolonization’s Rocky Road: Corruption, Expropriation and Justice in Bolivia

Decolonization’s Rocky Road: Corruption, Expropriation and Justice in Bolivia

By Benjamin Dangl March 14, 2009 El Alto Anniversary Event. Photo: Quintana/ABI Over 3,000 Bolivian and Peruvian indigenous activists recently marched in El Alto in commemoration of the March 13th, 1781 siege of La Paz, Bolivia launched from El Alto by indigenous rebels Tupac Katari and Bartolina Sisa. The siege was against Spanish rule and…

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Alive in Baghdad: An Interview with Brian Conley

Alive in Baghdad: An Interview with Brian Conley

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 31 January 2006 Benjamin Dangl: How did you get involved in journalism and journalistic film making? Brian Conley: Well, I initially intended to study history and political science in college. When I arrived there, however, I quickly decided that art and, particularly film, were very good ways to influence the public…

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Taxidermy From the Revolution: Cuban Media

Taxidermy From the Revolution: Cuban Media

By Ben Dangl and April Howard 3/17/04 A few regulars dragged their chairs over to the small community television in the park. But this evening, instead of the standard soap opera, Cuba’s bearded leader took over the screen to begin what would be a two hour speech on education, healthcare and international relations. Amidst moans…

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Channel One – a corporate offer some Vermont schools refuse

Channel One – a corporate offer some Vermont schools refuse

by Benjamin Dangl 8/29/05 Vermont Guardian When U.S. public schools run into financial trouble, they can often turn to corporations for help. In exchange, the company might want its logo displayed prominently or exclusive vending rights for its soda. In the case of the news program Channel One, the schools get audio/visual equipment. All that…

Reporting from Latin America, An interview with Benjamin Dangl

Reporting from Latin America, An interview with Benjamin Dangl

Conducted by Brian Yanity of Insurgent49.com, independent media for progressive Alaskans 8/8/05 In this interview Benjamin Dangl talks about his work reporting from Latin America, and discusses the social movements, grassroots media projects and natural resource struggles in the region. Tell us a little about yourself and your recent work in Latin America. I graduated…

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The Street and the Media in Venezuela

The Street and the Media in Venezuela

by Benjamin Dangl 6/6/05 La Vega, a sea of tin-roofed shacks and steep, narrow streets, is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Caracas, Venezuela. Most of the country’s population lives in slums, or barrios like this. Until President Hugo Chavez came to power in 1998, politicians had done little more for these communities than seek…

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