PTTV's 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
October 28, 2011 marked 30 years of creative, radical media arts in New York City and the very first live cable access broadcast of Paper Tiger Television. From December 2011 through May 2012 PTTV partnered with cultural institutions, universities and creative spaces to build upon the philosophy and ideals established in the early pioneering work of the collective. We hope to engage people around the themes and ideas that have made Paper Tiger Television such an amazing force in the radical media landscape. For more information: www.papertiger.org/30th
NYC Grassroots Media Coalition
The NYCGMC is a growing alliance of media makers, artists, independent media organizations and community-based organizations who are interested in working towards a more democratic media in NYC. Incubated as a project of Paper Tiger, the GMC has now developed into its own organization. The NYC Grassroots Media Coalition creates spaces for media makers and social justice organizers to come together and organizes the annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference. To learn more and get involved visit: www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org
We have over 335! To order, visit our online catalog! Some of our most recent are:
Basta Ya! #332 2010
Paper Tiger collaborated with youth in Brooklyn to create a video on how gentrification and development affects residents. Rents and property values skyrocketed over the past few years in Sunset Park, a mostly Latino and Asian working class neighborhood in Brooklyn. People are being displaced as condominiums are being built. This video was created to inform residents about what is happening and to inspire the community to take action. However gentrification is happening in communities everywhere, and we want this video to also be seen in a global context. Watch it on our Vlog!
Right to the City #331 2009
IndyVideo and Paper Tiger Television present a 3-part DVD on the Right to the City (RTTC) Alliance in New York City. In a city run by moneyed interests, a united front is forming to win the real and lasting changes needed to make the city a place that provides decent living conditions for majority of New Yorkers, not just the wealthy few. Documenting months of actions, meetings and on-the-ground organizing this video shows how an alliance of social justice organizations working together to address the root causes of social problems, can have a real impact on the way NYC is organized, guaranteeing basic rights for all individuals living in the city. Interviews feature scholars, activists, and organizers who are fighting to a more just, healthy, affordable and equitable city.
Urban Environmentalism:DIY Living Green #330 2009
Paper Tiger introduces you to New Yorkers who have found ways to live more sustainably through DIY environmentalism. The creative and unique projects of these city dwellers show how living in urban settings allows rather than hinders their ability to live a green lifestyle. This show features segments on worm composting as an alternative to contributing to landfill waste, reusable bags for green markets, food foraging walks with Wildman Steve Brill, and the monthly “Really, Really Free” markets in Manhattan hosted by the In Our Hearts Collective. As an extra bonus, there is also an archival piece about the thriving yet threatened Lower East Side community gardens, documenting the residents’ struggle to save their gardens from the wrath of Mayor Giuliani’s gentrifying bulldozers. The show also includes a studio conversation between community members discussing how environmentalism, through resourcefulness and perseverance, can become a part of everyone's urban routine
Love Me, Love My Avatar #329 2008
A studio show with Prof. Dominic Pettman, from the New School. Pettman is a scholar of new media and cultural studies and the author of After the Orgy: Toward a Politics of Exhaustion and Love and Other Technologies. The show addresses changing notions of love and romance in the face of the rampant technological change of the internet era. Pettman discusses several manifestations of "Love 4.0", including dating websites, objectum sexuality, virtual girlfriends, and cyborg love, and explore the possible impacts of this new love on the future of the libidinal economy. Make sure to join Paper Tiger TV, Dominic Pettman, and our avatar host for a look at love in the digital era.
Infiltrating the Underground: The Corporatization of Radical Culture #328 2008
This new Paper Tiger Television production was created in collaboration with author and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore. The show takes a look at how corporations are chipping away at democracy and personal integrity by copying the style and techniques of alternative culture. The program examines how and why underground culture has been co-opted by corporate advertising, what happens when the underground becomes just another market, and what the government is (or isn't) doing about it.
An Emergent Second Life #327 2008
For 27 years, the PTTV collective has played an important role in the tradition of media criticism, paying special attention to the inner workings of media production. The media landscape today, with the proliferation of new content providers, creates complex relationships and convergences among everyday and corporate forms of production, distribution and consumption. Media criticism no longer can take an "outside" vantage point, but must instead account for our general immersion in a veritable media ecology. This program, hosted by anthropologist Jason Pine (Purchase College – SUNY), focuses on identity in the virtual world Second Life and what it can tell us about identity in everyday experience. It suggests that self-designed experiences may enable us to articulate emergent identities for ourselves and others. The program combines a live studio audience, videotaped testimonials of Second Life users who express profound personal investments while creating their avatars and environments, and experimental machinima (machine cinema) to evoke the experience of virtual self-design and world-building.
In summer 2001 (before 9/11), Paper Tiger created a counter-recruitment video called Military Myths in partnership with ROOTS (then, the youth component of the War Resisters League.) Since it was produced, the video has been used in at least 500 national community organizations, peace groups, schools, and churches to support Counter Recruitment. Several organizations use the video as a center point of their workshops including Ya Ya Network, NYCoRE, CCCO and the War Resisters League Youth and the Military Program.
By popular demand, PTTV updated the video in 2006 with more recent statistics, Spanish subtitles and added a curriculum guide and counter-recruitment resources. Military Myths is an organizing tool to educate the public on the military's agressive recruitment of low income youth and youth of color. Featuring interviews with youth, activists and people of color who have served in military, the video gives an alternative viewpoint exposing the tactics military representatives use to engage youth - and the video exposes the reality of military service. (It's not all trips around the world and a free education.) The producers contrast media representations of war and military life with the personal experiences of veterans who have gone to war. Interviews with activists and students are also presented along with statistics from the Veterans Administration, CCCO, SLDN, and recent Pentagon studies that lay clear the myths of military life. Check out our online catalog to order your copytoday!
We call on all youth and youth advocates to organize community screenings of Military Myths in your communities. As the military becomes further engaged with the Middle East, young people in our communities are being aggressively recruited. It's time that they heard another side of the story and make an educated decision before enlisting. Encourage your local public television and cable access stations to re-broadcast this program
See a trailer for Military Myths. For more information about this project, or for help organizing a screening near you, email email@example.com.