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FreeMix Radio: The Original MixTape Radio Show
Transcript of FreeMix Radio: The Original MixTape Radio Show
Jared Ball We're going to be talking about the media's role in the way hip-hop is distributed. We will also be discussing how the media systematically excludes African Americans and other people of color of low socioeconomic status. Simultaneously, the media shapes the norms and what is accessible. This leads to the idea of mixtapes becoming a contemporary form of journalism. Emancipatory journalism, as a way to free African American from internal colonialism via media and be enlightened. Overview Washington, D.C.
Ball started the FreeMix Radio because no relevant news, music, or commentary, were being broadcast on popular radio stations. Background Jared A. Ball Redefined media as "essential in the ordering of society; setting norms and dominant ideologies and popularizing values, symbols, and their meanings. Media Lockdown: Consolidation and the Constriction of Consciousness copyright: "corporate control rather than protection of artist" African America and the Continuity of Colony Media is formed to deny "the disease of democracy"
African America as an internal colony of the U.S. The Mixtape as Mass Media The mixtape itself:
Emerged in the late 1960s
Hip-Hop's original mass medium
Criticized: loss of industry revenue
Ability to affect Hip-Hop market
Form of Emancipatory Journalism A black owned radio station Radio One's WKYS 93.9 FM in 1971 had 22 journalist were reporting to the black community. Only 3 companies own or distribute 95% of music distributed globally. "commercial lockdown"
"civil rights issue" "Black visibility is not black power" In 2006 only 4 journalist reported to black community Far from being a post-colonial society threats policing violence imprisonment death Emancipatory Journalism phrase by Shah
Mixtape: potential for this type of journalistic practice
philosophy of EJ:
The Phillipines, 1960s
critized: lack of political awareness EJ understanding based on:
lack of freedom
power and imbalances Purpose of Emanciptory Journalism "Promote and contribute to humane development." -Shah Emancipatory Journalism challenges false consciousness of freedom or so-called democracy Focus Groups/Conclusion Ball conducted focus groups to test the ability of the mixtape as a way of Emancipatory Journalism. FreeMix Radio challenges preexisting methods of media and responses to it. Discussion Questions!!
1. Do you think a radio program who targets the concerns of the oppressed will ever catch on? Why are websites like worldstarhiphop.com so popular but mixtapes like these never visited?
2. Ball redefined media as "essential in the ordering of socety; setting norms and dominant ideologies and popularizing values, symbols, and their meaning." How do you feel about this definition? do you agree?
3. Do you think that the mixtape is an effective form of emancipatory journalism? Why or why not?