The Rhetoric of Presentation: The Death of Aaron Swartz

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In addition to my previous post about MIT’s involvement and questions concerning Swartz’ case, I am including several articles that I found worthy of investigating. The following information depicts Aaron as yet another human interest piece…a tragic, lost soul who committed suicide after a long and heart wrenching investigation that did not looking promising. Using Media Master Marshall McLuhan’s Theories of Media Control, we are left with a series of political, social, and cultural questions that we must probe in order to rise above the phantasmagoria of the media.

A series of accounts in reference to the historical moments that led up to Aaron Swartz suicide and free culture movement:

Cowritten by Swartz himself, read the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto (2008)

(March 2013)

NY Times Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: A Questionable Narrative

Rolling Stone Magazine’s Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: A Tragedy

The Atlantic Wire Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: The Unknowable Truth

Probing: What Are Media? A Tribute To MM

what are media?

do they feed our criteria

do they sleep in their electronic stations

do they fulfill our digital infatuations

do they make up their own abbreviations

world wide web is the www

television is the tv

a performance within a performance

extending our senses

amputating our perceptive fences

pervasive, invasive, superabrasive

what are media?

capitalist propaganda

the devil wears prada

selling our sexual drive

media are the dull knives

that anesthetize and organize

our digital dominate lives

cutting into our senses

to numb the criticism

to invite the narcosis

and hypnotize the humanism

leaving us to our devices

those lonely vices

what are media?

mind-fi enhances wi-fi

it retrieves social interaction

and obsolesces normal conversation

dissects daily dialogue

reverses the tribal man:

he is the cosmic man

in the global village

lost in translation

drowned by the vortex

of the digital gods

and the new media lords

weakened and softened by the strength and roughness of the new era.

he is addicted to the galaxy that imposes this new literacy of media.

one that was written in 1963–