editorial independence

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HOLY PRINTERS: The printed object

JESH MARTIN @871c 


Holy printers is a visual study of the printer machine and the action of printing but also a visual response to the question: IS PRINT DEAD? Proposing the functional object as a symbol of the culture it’s involved and how it’s being glitched out of it.

Holy printers is separated in two projects: one is printed and the other one digital in order to create a dialogue between the computer and the printer. This is the tangible part of the project.

watch the digital part here: holy printers: the audiovisual

Printed in riso green and black

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Ben Affleck persuaded the producers of Finding Your Roots to edit out details of how his ancestors were slave owners even though it was a breach of PBS editorial rules.

The new Batman star, who supports a number of liberal causes, objected to the ancestry TV show airing how his distant relations were racist, leaked Sony emails reveal. 

Instead viewers were shown heartwarming stories of how his third grandfather was a mystic in the Civil War and how his sixth grandfather was a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. 

Daily Mail Online has reviewed a transcript of the show and watched the video and there is no mention of slavery in the part featuring Affleck.

The Sony emails show that the makers of Finding Your Roots, including Emmy Award-winning host and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr, engaged in a deliberate cover-up despite knowing that it was a ‘violation’ of PBS rules, as Gates puts it. 

A spokesman for Mr Gates claimed that a slave-owning ancestor was not interesting enough for the show.

‘Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program,’ he said through a spokesman.

‘In the case of Mr Affleck - we focused on what we felt were the most interesting aspects of his ancestry - including a Revolutionary War ancestor, a 3rd great–grandfather who was an occult enthusiast, and his mother who marched for Civil Rights during the Freedom Summer of 1964.’

A PBS spokesman claimed the emails showed Gates was taking editorial integrity 'seriously’.

'It is clear from the exchange how seriously Professor Gates takes editorial integrity.

'He has told us that after reviewing approximately ten hours of footage for the episode, he and his producers made an independent editorial judgment to choose the most compelling narrative.

'The range and depth of the stories on Finding Your Roots speak for themselves.’

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the amount of fuckery here is almost mind-boggling. the idea that there would be a more compelling narrative than seeing a white person have to deal with the fact that one his ancestors was a slave owner, especially one who stands on the liberal side of the political and social aisle is bullshit. he gave in to a request/need/desire of a powerful white man. plain and simple.

and white people, here’s a newsflash: black people are aware that most of your ancestors probably owned slaves. would it upset us to hear this up close and personal? yea but it wouldn’t shock us. everyone was getting in on the slavery game. even native-Americans had slaves. what would have been powerful would have been seeing afleck facing the fact that his ancestor was everything he stands against and reconciling that fact with who he is and what he’s about today. that would have been a powerful lesson for so called “allies” but he blew it like most “allies” do.

smfh. when will these people learn that unless these conversations happen completely and totally offline, it will be leaked and the world will find out. so stupid. now the integrity of everyone involved is down the shitter.