Monday, August 20, 2007

Jamming Pearl Jam

AT&T officially apologized for editing out lyrics critical of President Bush from a Lollapalooza webcast. On its blog, Pearl Jam posted YouTube videos with "before" and "after" versions of the transmission and encouraged fans to gather collective intelligence about other examples of censored rock webcasts with political content on the Pearl Jam Message Pit. The band also warned about the dangers of media consolidation and published links to the web pages of groups advocating network neutrality. Lawrence Lessig weighs in on the case here, and Wired reveals that the telecommunications giant also cut material critical of the government's handling of Hurricane Katrina from a Flaming Lips webcast.

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