Emergency Broadcast System ::: This is Not a Test

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That’s right… this is not a test.

In the wake of the recent “election,” for those who have not yet succumbed to the normalization of an apocalyptic TRUMPian post reality, it is now time to activate the Emergency Broadcast System. The EBS provides an expeditious method of communicating directly with the American public and the world, a people’s warning system that will travel through the network far and wide as we anticipate events over the next four years of grave national and global consequence.







The Death of Reality

HANAHAN, SC - FEBRUARY 15: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen speaking through a camera at a press conference at the City of Hanahan town hall in Hanahan, SC on Monday Feb. 15, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

We now see clearly through the lens of the television camera: the public execution of reality. When the camera’s frame becomes a window revealing the sharp distortion of our perception, when the world around us transforms before us fabricated in the dark fantasy of pervasive propaganda and disinformation, we are witness to the sudden death of reality. Yes, the unimaginable can happen, it is happening, it is unfolding right in front of our eyes as the absolute mediation of everyday life. A Show. When politics become pop-culture-driven-entertainment, a made-for-television production for our viewing pleasure, the leakage of the suspension of disbelief emanating from the screen and out into the world, the Spectacle grabs hold of us and consumes our consciousness in the seductive and menacing glory of the transmission signal.







A Case for Networked Teaching

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Seven years ago, I built and invested in an advanced state-of-the-art multimedia studio in my home in Washington, DC, which was designed specifically for Internet and audio-visual artistic production, broadcasting, and teaching. During the past five years as a visiting artist at the California Institute of the Arts and a visiting professor in the School of Art, Design & Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, the studio became central to my courses in Internet art. Each semester, I Web-conferenced live classes in Adobe Connect, gave critiques via Skype, and demonstrated the idea of the “artist-broadcaster,” to immerse students in the possibilities of networked performance art. I brought to my students the “visceral experience of the virtual” so that they could learn by working, playing, and exploring in the medium of their study.







The Transition

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No, you probably can’t tell the difference. You probably don’t know whether or not this photograph is a scene from “The Apprentice,” or a scene from TRUMP’s latest post election, post reality television series, “The Transition.” TRUMP has moved far, far beyond the suspension of disbelief. He is operating in a far-away distant realm where you no longer differentiate between the real and the imaginary. That’s because reality as we know it no longer exists in the age of TRUMP. Reality has been deconstructed and reformed. Donald TRUMP’s recent made-for-television series based on the premise of a political campaign, “Make America Great Again,” has now been replaced by a brand new hit series, “The Transition,” in which he plays the President-Elect of a futuristic America where working class voters rise up as one angry voice to topple the governing elite and to systematically drain the swamp in Washington.







Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

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President TRUMP. Get used to it, there is no turning back. The reality of TRUMP as president of the United States has shocked the country, because no matter how hard we tried, we could never have imagined it. So yes, truth is stranger than fiction, and the fact is, we must now prepare for a TRUMP presidency.







President TRUMP: Only in the Post Reality

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For over a year now, I have been writing about XTreme TRUMPology as a bizarre, sometimes entertaining, often frightening phenomenon that has infiltrated American politics. TRUMP’s performance skills and media-savvy has served as an endlessly abundant wealth of material to explore the mechanisms of propaganda to drive a political campaign. It was always a stretch for most critics and observers, that TRUMP’s message to angry white voters, single-handedly reviving the American Dream for the “forgotten man,” would land him in the White House.