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1 { Breaking the News: Power and Secrecy in the Age of the Internet Transgression 2.0 Roxanne Lo April 11, 2012

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4 (10 seconds) A-roll: zooming in from earth to Hollywood, CA (1 minute) Street interviews of people to see: If they watch/read news If they watch/read news Where/how do they obtain their information Where/how do they obtain their information Screen fade out to letterings: How do you know what you know is the truth? Introduction: showing the Average Americans knowledge

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6 (1 min) A-roll: headline montage of WikiLeaks famous releases (newspaper headlines or clips of video): Guantanamo Bay in 2007 (2:00) Guantanamo Bay in 2007 (2:00) Guantanamo Bay in 2007 Guantanamo Bay in 2007 Sarah Palin Yahoo! s in 2008 Sarah Palin Yahoo! s in 2008 Sarah Palin Yahoo! s Sarah Palin Yahoo! s Collateral Murder video documenting the suppressed murder of unarmed Afghani citizens and two Reuters journalists by U.S. forces (2:20) Collateral Murder video documenting the suppressed murder of unarmed Afghani citizens and two Reuters journalists by U.S. forces (2:20) Collateral Murder video Collateral Murder video Document leak dubbed Cablegate by mainstream media experts in 2010 Document leak dubbed Cablegate by mainstream media experts in 2010 Document leak dubbed Cablegate Document leak dubbed Cablegate Rising Action: showing the Average Americans knowledge

7 (1 minute) Street interviews of people: Did you know about these stories? Did you know about these stories? Do you know who he is (point to Assange billboard) Do you know who he is (point to Assange billboard) Rising Action: showing the Average Americans knowledge

8 A friend of mine in the United States, Daniel Ellsberg, who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers, uses a phrase that Ive become fond of. Courage is contagious. That is, when someone engages in a courageous act and shows other people that that act wasnt an act of martyrdom, rather that it was an intelligently designed act, it encourages other people to follow him. - Julian Assange, founder and head of Wikileaks

9 (30 seconds) A-roll: scenes of courageous acts (30 seconds) A-roll: scenes of courageous acts September 11 September 11 Local news Local news YouTube videos YouTube videos (10 seconds) Animated family tree of the wiki (10 seconds) Animated family tree of the wiki Introducing WikiLeaks WikiLeaks

10 (3 minutes) Interview: Ted Gournelos Idea of Transgression 2.0 because its not unidirectional 1.0 nor is it an open and lived environment 3.0 Idea of Transgression 2.0 because its not unidirectional 1.0 nor is it an open and lived environment 3.0 The software is user-friendly and I use it with my students. (B-roll of Ted teaching in class) The software is user-friendly and I use it with my students. (B-roll of Ted teaching in class) WikiLeaks is an open society which means it allows anyone to edit/alter information - upload or download information that was not verified. WikiLeaks is an open society which means it allows anyone to edit/alter information - upload or download information that was not verified.

11 This is a story about …how journalism has failed us and …how to demand open institutional power …how to demand for transparency in media

12 MSM journalism Colbert ReportCNN CrossfireThe Boondocks South ParkThe Daily Show

13 Swiss bank Julius Baer sue Wikileaks and Julian Assange for the release of information of tax- evasion and money-laundering schemes. Swiss bank Julius Baer sue Wikileaks and Julian Assange for the release of information of tax- evasion and money-laundering schemes. Swiss bank Julius Baer sue Wikileaks and Julian Assange Swiss bank Julius Baer sue Wikileaks and Julian Assange U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled the website to be shut down during review of the case but brought it back after 2 weeks U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled the website to be shut down during review of the case but brought it back after 2 weeks Public domain, virtual domain Public domain, virtual domain Inciting Incidence

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15 Julian Assange charged for sexual assault Julian Assange charged for sexual assault Miss A., told police that her consensual encounter with Assange became violent when Assange pinned her to the bed as she attempted to reach for a condom. He then allegedly released her and agreed to wear the condom, but did something to it that caused it to rip, and continued to have sex. Miss A., told police that her consensual encounter with Assange became violent when Assange pinned her to the bed as she attempted to reach for a condom. He then allegedly released her and agreed to wear the condom, but did something to it that caused it to rip, and continued to have sex. The second woman, Miss W., also initially had consensual relations with Assange using a condom. But later, as they shared a bed, Assange allegedly began having sex with her while she was asleep the basis of the rape allegation. The second woman, Miss W., also initially had consensual relations with Assange using a condom. But later, as they shared a bed, Assange allegedly began having sex with her while she was asleep the basis of the rape allegation. Following the incidents, Miss A. and Miss W. met up and went to police, after failing to persuade Assange to take an HIV test.

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17 (3 minutes) Interview: Micah Sifry Transparency activist and advocate Crowdsourcing and making a problem visible Crowdsourcing and making a problem visible 3 major ways alternative journalism has risen to equal (and in some ways surpass) traditional journalism 3 major ways alternative journalism has risen to equal (and in some ways surpass) traditional journalism Sharing of information Connectivity and exchange Time conservative – information can be accessed rapidly (in real time as it happens)

18 (3 minutes) B-roll of video clips of news footage that show each issue 1. State and corporate forces seek to frame alternative voices in such a way as to degrade or destroy their credibility 2. Weakened alternative voices which MSM forms a parasitic/symbiotic relationship where citizen journalism etc are exchanged for evaluation by the elites 3. Powerful interests seek to further constrain Foreclosure of Transgression 2.0 in WikiLeaks

19 (3 minutes) Interview: David Leigh and Luke Harding Journalists/author of WikiLeaks 4 separate lines of attacks: Physical – someone might beat him up Legal – Washington would attempt to crush WikiLeaks in court Technological – US or its proxies would bring down the website PR – propaganda campaign or accuse WikiLeaks of collaborating with terrorists

20 Hacktivists and campaigns to raise money when MasterCard and PayPal stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks and Swiss bank shut down the account vst (1:16) vst (1:16) vst vst Denouement

21 The powerless can and will fight the powerful with a reasonable chance for success

22 1. Demand from the editors good, fact-based journalism when it is lacking. Hold them accountable. 2. Do additional research on news information 3. Remember that nothing is ever black or white, utopia or dystopia. WikiLeaks is only one thing company. Institutional power should be open and transparent. Call to Action


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