Media Hacks #40 Is Now Live

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Episode #281 of Six Pixels of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. This is also episode #40 of Media Hacks!

Joining me for this Media Hacks chat is C.C. Chapman, Hugh McGuire and Julien Smith. In a world of unconferences, crowdsourcing and Social Media, it’s surprising how many people struggle with the messages coming out of the Occupy Wall Street movement. If anything, it is a testament to everything that has been built in these online channels for the past decade. In this episode, we look at the media, the messages and how – in a world of media fragmentation – we can’t be freaked out when people’s messages become fragmented as well. This is not so much about politics as it is about the media, messages and the social implications of power and publishing. As with all episodes of Media Hacks, some of the language is not safe for work (blame Julien). Enjoy the conversation…

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast #281.


  1. Wow, what a great episode. This might sound over the top, but I spent my Sunday watching “Ghandi” on TV instead of the Grey Cup game and there are a lot of parallels between what I watched Sunday and your collective take on Occupy.
    If nothing else, the movement is bringing issues out into the public eye, in tiny drips. You all did a great job of bringing all the marketing stuff we talk about day after day into the context of real social change. Thank you!

  2. Great episode. I never thought that OWS could shake things up nor do I think it has yet in a concrete way policy-wise. Though it seems in the last six months that the collective consciousness has changed. A flip has been switched. And the conversation is shifting to real issues even amongst those that don’t agree with the movement.
    I think the mistake of big media was ignoring the movement for several weeks at the onset of hundreds of camps taking root. The violence and pepper spray incidents only served to fuel protestors. This does bring the casual observer to wonder why grannies and retired officers are threats to democracy.
    I do take issue with the technology aspect to this storyline. For now, people can use social media to mobilize. But in 5 or 10 years from now I don’t believe we’ll be blessed with the plethora of choice or freedoms online. But that’s just my opinion. I’ve been online since the early 90s and it already feels like I can’t log into anything without a damn Facebook password. But what do I know? I’m not an activist. Just a casual observer.

  3. I love media hacks because you guys are usually right on the money but you really confused the issue in this one. The OWS movement’s main target isn’t government – it’s corporate power. That’s why it’s called Occupy Wall Street and not Occupy Washington. They’re angry at governments that are too subservient to corporate power.
    The inability of the US government to agree on things is a direct result of the Republicans being totally subservient such power – and the Democrats being somewhat less so.

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