Burning Man 2004 Ticket Information
Tickets for the Burning Man festival, held in the Black Rock desert in the northwestern corner of Nevada from August 30th to September 6th, 2004 will be going on sale March 1st. Ticket information is available online now – ordering procedures have changed since 2003.

Fifteen minutes of fame…
More like 6 days, actually. On January 20th, 2004, Adbusters featured a photo of mine on their splash page. I received more than 82,000 hits. Unprepared for the additional traffic, Defaultworld was (and still is) very much under construction. I scrambled to update content and give people a reason to return. Although the site traffic has dropped off, it's still much higher than prior to the adbusters adventure. Hopefully I'll be able to keep you coming back! – eDub

The Unswoosher...

For years, Nike was the undisputed champion of logo culture, its swoosh an instant symbol of global cool. Today, Phil Knight's Nike is a fading empire, badly hurt by years of "brand damage" as activists and culture jammers fought back against mindfuck marketing and dirty sweatshop labor.

Adbusters has been doing R&D for more than a year, and guess what? Making a shoe - a good shoe - isn't exactly rocket science. With a network of supporters, we're getting ready to launch the blackSpot sneaker, the world's first grassroots anti-brand, with a ground-breaking marketing scheme to uncool Nike. If it succeeds, it will set a precedent that will revolutionize capitalism

You can pre-order a pair of these shoes and participate in the de-throning of a sweatshop king

For more info go to www.blackspotsneaker.org.

cul·ture – n : The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.
jamming – n : Deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems

A funny thing happened on the way to...
I came across this sign while wandering the public transit system of a large American city recently. Messages are everywhere, most commercial in nature. The drive to embed messages in your subconscious for financial and/or political gain has never been stronger. Fortunately a brave few seek to disrupt the flow of agenda-laden information by altering the medium.

familiar signage + new message = culture jamming
Culture Jamming takes many forms. Some of the more well-known proponents include the Billboard Liberation Front, based in San Francisco. Tag along on a "mission" as the BLF's activities are documented in Canadian filmmaker Jill Sharpe's Culture Jam: Highjacking Commercial Culture. Also, ADBUSTERS magazine has long been a font of alternative thinking on our social entity and consumption.
The Bottom Line: With or without the assistance of culture-jammers we owe it to ourselves and the rest of the world to question the messages we are force-fed on a daily basis.

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